Tottenham have taken a gamble with their squad, says Stan Collymore

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The former England international feels Spurs' lack of depth could be their downfall.

Stan Collymore has labled Tottenham’s decision to go with a leaner squad this season as a ‘gamble’, in a column on betting.boylesports.com.

This past summer saw a major overhaul of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, with all those deemed surplus to requirements shipped out and the emphasis placed on promoting youth.

Collymore has been impressed by the progress of Tottenham’s young stars but suggested the size of the squad could be an issue further down the line.

“It’s a gamble; smaller squads tend to have a better spirit, less players upset at being left out on match days, less moping around the dressing room with those left out, less waste,” said the former Liverpool and Villa man.

“But Poch will be aware that it’s a high risk strategy and depends on the smaller group all staying fit, all staying motivated and all staying in form at the right time. I hope he gets it right but he’s going to need simple luck for a group so small in depth to be unscathed until May.”

The notion of the Spurs squad being lighter than it was last season is a strange one to say the least.

Despite the plentiful outgoings, shrewd acquisitions of versatile players has meant Spurs are, in fact, better well-rounded with more options in every position on the pitch.

The likes of Kaboul, Chiriches and Capoue – who, while capable of putting a Tottenham shirt on, couldn’t manage much else – have been replaced by hungry, talented players hand-picked with Pochettino’s system in mind.

Evidence of Spurs’ depth has already been displayed by the team’s impressive performances in the absence of Bentaleb and Mason – their two first choice midfielders last season.

Eric Dier and Dele Alli have taken up the mantle with extreme confidence and will take some shifting from the first XI when those two return.

Moussa Dembele has also missed the last couple of games, after an impressive start to the campaign, while Danny Rose and Alex Pritchard are slowly returning to full fitness.

It’s also already clear that Heung-Min Son and Clinton N’Jie will be immeasurably more useful than Soldado and Adebayor were last season and it’s hard to see how anyone with a scrap of knowledge of Tottenham’s personnel could argue the squad is in a weaker position than it was five months ago.

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