Hoddle says he doesn't understand why Pochettino picked these two players together

Glenn Hoddle

Former Tottenham star was against the combination of Mason and Stambouli.

Former Tottenham boss Glenn Hoddle has criticised Mauricio Pochettino's team selection against Sheffield United.

Speaking to SkySports television, he stated that the selection of Ryan Mason and Benjamin Stambouli in midfield clearly worked against the team.

It wasn't so much a slight on what either player bring, more as to what they don't, and against a team which set themselves up to defend as resolutely as the Blades, the combination of the pair did not work.

He said: "It was a bit lacklustre, no creativity. I expected them to come out of the traps quickly. The two in midfield, I couldn't understand why they played the home leg with two of them, Mason and Stambouli. Not enough creativity."

Hoddle was not done there, going on to criticise the pair once again later during the post-game broadcast.

"The central players of Tottenham, they couldn't pick a forward pass out on the night between them.

"They were creating morsels. There wasn't a penetrating play from Tottenham, they weren't quick enough. When Premier League sides come here and play, the games are more open."

Both Mason and Stambouli were substituted during the second half, showing that neither of them really satisfied boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The pair did not create a single goalscoring chance between them, and nor did they either attempt a shot at goal. Tottenham won the ame 1-0 thanks to a second half penalty from Andros Townsend, scored after both players had gone off.

Hoddle went onto suggest Emmanuel Adebayor needed to be dropped, telling viewers that Pochettino should have learned from this Capital One Cup semi-final first leg that the importance of playing Harry Kane up front on his own was evident.

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