West Ham United legend Alvin Martin told a fan on talkSPORT yesterday why he doesn’t feel Tottenham have a plan b.
A Spurs supporter rang into the Colin Murray Show, criticising Mauricio Pochettino for not switching things up against Manchester United, when he realised that Harry Kane was becoming isolated in the Tottenham attack and having a plan b.
A potential plan b would have been to throw on Emmanuel Adebayor, who was a substitute, and play more direct football, but Martin feels that wouldn’t have worked.
“When they did have the ball, they didn’t really do anything with it - I don’t think that as a partnership, Adebayor and Kane works,” said Martin.
It would have been a very gutsy decision for Pochettino to take off Kane considering his recent form up front for Spurs and he can’t be blamed for keeping him in the side.
Kane has turned tight games on several occasions this season and the boss backed him to produce that moment of magic last weekend.
The alternative would have been to play Adebayor and Kane together during the game but as Martin points out, it’s questionable as to whether that would have worked.
It would have threatened the integrity of Tottenham’s midfield, forcing Kane to go deep looking for possession.
Pochettino needed to keep five men in the middle to prevent the side from becoming overrun although that seemed to happen anyway.
Tottenham have been challenged in a big way after the result against United and it will be interesting to see how they respond against Leicester this weekend.