Tottenham Hotspur legend Graham Roberts was critical of a stat related to Mauricio Pochettino’s team on talkSPORT yesterday.
The former defender has suggested that the side’s goal difference needs to be better if the side are to have any chance of driving up the table and into the top four by the end of the season.
“I would say it’s overall, look at our defence this year and the one thing is that our goal difference is pathetic,” said Roberts.
“We score a lot of goals, but I don’t think we get clean sheets and if you don’t keep clean sheets, you’re not going to win games.”
Tottenham’s goal difference as things stand is four, which is nothing compared to the numbers of the teams above them in the Premier League table.
It may seem like an obvious statement for the former Tottenham man to make, but he does have a point and it’s an area that Pochettino should be working hard on in order to correct.
Tottenham’s defence imploded against Manchester United last weekend, but there has been evidence of quality in the back four at times this season.
The problem is that the side hasn’t show it on a consistent enough basis and when the back four leaks goals, it puts more pressure on the front men to get the side out of trouble.
United showed that if a side can isolate Harry Kane in Tottenham’s attack, the Spurs back four can then be put under heavy pressure and pressed until a mistake appears.