Spurs are on a slump, but Mauricio Pochettino doesn't deserve criticism

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino doesn't deserve some of the criticism that he is getting from supporters.

The murmurings of discontent around Tottenham Hotspur are back. For so long, Spurs' season had appeared to be going swimmingly, but a downturn in form in recent months has caused the familiar sinking feeling to return to White Hart Lane.

Spurs are perennial Europa League participants, but they don't seem to have the capabilities required to break into the top-four and they have consistently disappointed their supporters with their failure to move forward.

This campaign had started promisingly, and the side's progress in the League Cup coupled with so many youngsters coming into their first team had raised expectations at the club, but the familiar late season collapse has occurred. 

Tottenham are now destined to finish between fifth and seventh and Lilywhites followers are going to have to wait another year before they can hope to see their team playing in Europe's premier competition.

More worryingly, Tottenham's performances of late have been poor. A 0-0 draw against Burnley was followed by a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa and the side appear to have been fatigued by what has been a gruelling campaign.

As a result, Pochettino has faced heavy criticism for his management of the squad from certain quarters, but the Argentine boss should not be under pressure.

Pochettino has moved Spurs forward this season, even if their league position doesn't represent this, and he should be praised not scrutinised for the job he has done.

The 43-year-old took control of a squad which had severe limitations and he has paid for his predecessors' flaws, rather than his own failings this season.

Pochettino has had to create his own midfield axis to build around this season - and he did so by bringing through Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason - whilst he was also posed the problem of finding a potent striker in their squad.

Tottenham's only recognised senior options before the start of the campaign were Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, but Pochettino has moulded Kane into one of the most dangerous front men in Europe.

He has found it tough to rotate, with Spurs having little quality in reserve, and he has also had to deal with the issue of never having a settled back four to pick from.

Kyle Walker's injury at the start of the season caused Spurs to play with makeshift right-backs for a significant amount of time, whilst they have found no consistent partner for Jan Vertonghen at centre-back. 

On the wings, too, things have hardly been perfect. Tottenham's squad is bloated with inconsistent wide-men, but Pochettino has had a lack of quality to utilise in these positions and he has had to simply make the best of a bad bunch.

The Argentine hasn't done a bad job of it, either. Erik Lamela's defensive performances have improved, whilst Nacer Chadli has certainly developed under his stewardship and is now a fairly regular scorer. 

It means that the job Pochettino has done is effectively the best he possibly could have with the hand he was given when he took over at White Hart Lane and Tottenham fans should remain confident that they still have the correct manager in charge. 

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