Charlie Nicholas identifies what Tottenham Hotspur are missing and offers Mauricio Pochettino advice

Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow, as they have had to deal with the losses of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb to injury.

Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday that Tottenham Hotspur are missing the energy they had in the midfield at the start of the season.

Injuries to Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb have been big blows to Mauricio Pochettino, while Eric Dier's suspension in their most recent Premier League match against Liverpool was a frustration.

And Nicholas believes Spurs need to find an alternative way of playing, if these three players are ruled out again. 

"I think they miss the young energy which they had in midfield earlier in the season, and if they can't make that style work then Mauricio Pochettino needs to find an alternative way of playing," the former Scotland international said

"It's okay having all this work ethic and graft but teams will wear you down and out-pass you and it gets into your head."

In Mason and Bentaleb's absence, Dier and Dele Alli have formed a good partnership at the base of Tottenham's midfield - but the return of the injured duo will be a boost for Pochettino.

Mason was in fine form over the early part of the campaign and he seemed set to have a very strong season at White Hart Lane.

Mason and Bentaleb are predicted to be back to full health in the near future, while Dier is likely to be included in Spurs' line-up to face Bournemouth this afternoon. There is also Mousa Dembele to consider.

If the Lilywhites can pick up a win in the fixture, it will extend their unbeaten run to nine games and put them back in a promising position in the Premier League table. 

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