Lawrenson: Tottenham are 'faceless'; predicts result of Palace match

Mark Lawrenson has given a harsh assessment of Tottenham Hotspur's squad, although he thinks they will beat Crystal Palace.

Mark Lawrenson has harshly critiqued Tottenham Hotspur, describing them as a 'faceless' club after their midweek defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Spurs lost 3-0 against the Blues and Lawrenson was clearly thoroughly unimpressed by the performance of the Lilywhites.

Lawrenson believes they are struggling to create an identity and, although he feels Mauricio Pochettino's side will beat Crystal Palace this weekend, he also thinks they are miles away from reaching the top-four. 

"I look at Tottenham's team and they are faceless," Lawrenson told BBC Sport, when giving a damning assessment of Spurs's team. "I don't identify anybody with that side and, at the start of December, manager Mauricio Pochettino is still searching for his best XI.

"They should be fine at home against Palace, who beat Liverpool and drew at Swansea but had a really poor result in midweek, losing at home to Aston Villa.

"But Spurs aspire to be a top-four team and, when you see how they got on against Chelsea on Wednesday, you see how far away from that they actually are."

Spurs are currently down in 10th position in the Premier League and five points away from fourth spot. 

Questions are continued to be asked about their ability to make it into the Champions League spots, as their current team does seem short of quality. 

Lawrenson's assessment may be harsh, though. Spurs may not have a strong identity at the moment, but they are creating one as Pochettino backs his young players to be a successful in the future. 

The team will be hoping that his prediction for their match against Palace on Saturday is correct, though.

Tottenham have struggled in-front of their own supporters throughout the season and can ill-afford another defeat this weekend. 

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