Danny Higginbotham: The main problem with Tottenham's current formation under Pochettino

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Former Manchester United and Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham has analysed the current system being used by Tottenham Hotspur.

Former Manchester United and Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham explained on talkSPORT what he feels is the main problem with Tottenham Hotspur’s current formation.

Higginbotham has suggested that with the system Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is currently using, the team have to be versatile when they are on the back foot otherwise they will continue to struggle in tough Premier League games.

“The issue is when you’re defending, you don’t defend 4-2-3-1. You have to have a completely different style when you’re defending,” said Higginbotham.

“When side’s play 4-4-2 they become 4-5-1, when sides play three at the back, it then becomes three at the back – The issue is Spurs are playing 4-2-3-1 in defence and attack.”

Tottenham are gifted in terms of the central midfield options they have available with the likes of Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Christian Eriksen regularly featuring this season.

Higginbotham’s claim suggests that Pochettino has a lot of work to do on the training field to encourage his players to adapt when they are defending or he simply needs to change the formation.

One of the main problems for Tottenham across the middle is that they lack natural width on one side, with Andros Townsend the only out and out winger who has featured for Pochettino.

Nacer Chadli and Eriksen have both played off to the left, but they both have a tendency to come inside and push forward in attack rather than dropping off into central positions.

The problem for Tottenham in the last four games has been consistency. Pochettino needs to find a system, stick with it and work on the weaknesses of it for Tottenham to end the year on a high note.

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