Barnet boss Martin Allen comments on Tottenham Hotspur’s Paul Mitchell

Erik Lamela

Barnet boss Martin Allen backs Paul Mitchell to succeed in his role at Tottenham Hotspur, but he does not appear to be a fan of Erik Lamela.

Barnet manager Martin Allen has given an insight into the type of players Paul Mitchell is likely to sign for Tottenham Hotspur in the future.

Mitchell has been appointed as the head of recruitment of the North London outfit and is expected to bring in some very good players in the upcoming transfer windows.

Allen has worked with Mitchell and knows him inside out, and has now given his opinion on how he will fare in his new role at Spurs.

“I gave Paul Mitchell, who has just been appointed Tottenham's head of recruitment, his first job after his playing career was so cruelly ended,” he wrote in The Daily Mail.

“Mitch is old school, from up north, who tells it as it is. He was a tough-tackling midfielder and I'm sure over the next couple of years they will recruit players to put more steel through the spine of Spurs' team.”

Allen also made comments on the Tottenham team that suggest he is not keen on Erik Lamela’s ‘rabona’ trick and wants the players at the club to do more ‘hard work.

“Having watched Tottenham against Stoke, many of the Spurs supporters were saying that Mauricio Pochettino is not the answer and they need a new manager,” wrote the 49-year-old.

“Gordon Bennett, I thought, he's taken over and inherited players who lack character and guts. The spine of the team is like weak orange squash. There's no tenacity, very little fire, and nothing for the Tottenham supporters to shout about.

“Yeah it's lovely being able to kick the ball with your leg going round the back of your other leg, whatever move they call it, but playing 40 games up and down the country week-in and week-out, tracking full backs, competing man-for-man, and the supporters and owners must be shaking their head at the shocking recruitment. It's no wonder Paul Mitchell has been brought in from Southampton.”

It is Allen’s opinion of how football should be played, of course, and one has to agree on the fact that one needs to do the basic work that win games.

However, it cannot be denied that the type of skills that Lamela showed live long in people’s memories and make a football match that much special.

Perhaps under Mitchell, Tottenham will be looking to sign players who have the right blend of silk and steel.

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