Darren Anderton: Tottenham Hotspur should ‘play with a higher tempo'

Darren Anderton comments on Tottenham Hotspur’s style of football.

Darren Anderton has urged Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino to play “with a higher tempo”.

Former Spurs star Anderton is pleased with how the campaign is going for Spurs, but he sees an aspect of the game that can be improved upon.

“I would like to see us play with a higher tempo,” the 42-year-old told Premierleague.com. “He needs the players to take on board what he wants and some of players haven't but the Everton match and the Chelsea match were great examples of what they can do when they press high up the pitch and get in and around players.

“They had a couple of young boys in the middle of the pitch in Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb who were physically able to win the ball back on so many occasions in good areas in the opposition half.

“That really got the crowd going and that's what it's all about. Pochettino just needs to get the players on board with how he wants to play.

“I like him and I hope he is given time to sort it out and build a top team because he is going to be a very good manager and I hope he is in charge at the club for many years to come.”

Pochettino does advocate a high pressing game with an attacking mindset, but as Anderton points out, not every player can do that.

Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb have been the two regular central midfielders who have helped Tottenham push forward, but the latter has left for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

It will be interesting to see how Pochettino copes with the absence of the 20-year-old in the coming days.

One also needs to keep in mind that playing with a high tempo all the time is not always helpful. True, Tottenham’s style has paid dividends so far, but they also need to be more flexible and adjust to the opposition.

Moreover, it is not always possible to maintain a high tempo throughout the 90 minutes or throughout the season.

The Tottenham players have looked very fit indeed, but they are challenging in four different competitions and need to be pragmatic as the season progresses.

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