Spurs fans lay blame for recent form at Mauricio Pochettino's door

Questions have been asked by some Tottenham Hotspur fans of their manager.

At the end of an encouraging debut season at White Hart Lane, there is no need for panic, bold statements or knee-jerk reactions when it comes to boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The Tottenham head coach has achieved plenty in north London, at least getting his side into the fight for a top-four place and also reaching the Capital One Cup final.

But, as the Premier League campaign draws to a close and Spurs look like missing out on Champions League football for yet another year, there is a need to sit down and take stock of Pochettino's first season in the job.

For all the Argentine has done well at the Lane, he has his shortcomings. And, amid Tottenham's poor recent form, some fans have taken to discussion on HITC Sport's pages about where Pochettino may possibly be going wrong of late.

Defensively, Spurs have looked woeful in recent weeks, while midfield has suffered, too. In fact, take Harry Kane out of the equation and what exactly do you have?

Some of the main criticisms of the 43-year-old Tottenham boss have been to do with his lack of a 'Plan B' and his unhelpful loyalty to under-performing players - Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker are two cases in point...

Joanne Bush James Bush says: 'It's all very well having a plan A as a coach (i.e closing down the opponent ), but spurs recently dont seem to kicked on from being kicked out of the Europa league , and losing in the final of the Capitol one cup! .

'It's not just the defenders at fault now though , Eriksen was guilty of giving the ball away to much , but then so was Benteleb , Mason , and like Ham468 said Walker has been terrible since coming back from injury (and he says he thinks he has matured from it!!?)Yedlin anyone,Chadli was an embarrassment yesterday for diving , Vertonghen injured our only world class player , and over all we were bad . I would like to see MoPo use the rest of the squad now seeing as though we have one , Dembele , Fazio ,Chiriches,Lamela , Capoue , Stambouli , Yedlin , all of these players could have come in yesterday for the players that didnt perform yesterday , and probably played better , i would have included Soldado , but Kane is our only other shining light , what has happened to the team that we were introduced to before X-mas , have they burnt out , then changed it , or learn a plan B .............................COYS..................................'

tottinghamboss says: 'We've conceded 45 goals so far this season. Only Newcastle and the three teams in the relegation zone have conceded more.

'The defence needs to get sorted out. Walker should be dropped until he improves but above all, Pochettino needs to bring in a defensive coach. I don't understand why Spurs have been so poor considering Pochettino himself spent his entire career at CB. But the system he promotes doesn't work - we've conceded far too many goals this season and I refuse to believe that it's because of the players. Playing a high line simply does not work unless every single one of your back four is rapid and a positioning guru. Walker is quick but isn't intelligent enough on the pitch. He either improves or leaves.'

E17ender says: 'If Sherwood had remained this season and made the choices that Poch has, regarding team selection, subs and formation, he would have been torn apart.

'The players are being blamed for being chosen BY HIM, overplayed By HIM and being played out of position BY HIM!!! and also NOT being played BY HIM.

'You always hope that a new coach will work, as it did with Redknapp, but IMO Poch has neither the experience or tactical ability to take what are good players and mold them into a force to be reckoned with.'

Marcus Higgins (in reply to E17ender) says: 'Fair comment. He only took a very good S-Hampton team to 8th last season, just compare what Koeman is doing despite having his squad ripped apart in the transfer window. Levy shouldn't have sacked Rednapp or AVB, and Sherwood wasn't doing that badly either. Levy is too trigger happy and I'm not convinced that we can push on that much next season either - more of the same is what I predict.'

Bazza says: 'He'll be here next season, whether or not he'll be around the following will depend on results and quality of play next season. If we doesn't qualify for CL next season no doubt he'll be gone.

'There's a few pluses and minuses, he has helped encourage and bring on some of the younger players, however the attacking balance of his shape and selection has left us very weak defensively, yet without any great attacking flair. For the most part we have played pretty dull possession football and our creative play in the final third has been pretty lacking in most games and a few games when we have shone seem more a case of flattering to deceive

'This summer will be a crucial time, if he can add a few quality players then it will boost the team, however he does appear pretty tactically naive and unless he changes some of his tactics it's difficult to see how he might achieve any meaningful measure of success in the PL.'

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