Tottenham fell to defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s 606 program on Sunday, former Arsenal striker Ian Wright criticised the lack of quality on Tottenham’s bench, claiming that they did not have a game changer that Mauricio Pochettino could bring on against Newcastle.
He said: “When you looked at them, it looked like they needed something. You look at their bench: Bentaleb, Son, Chadli, Onomah. There’s not really much on Spurs’ bench to bring on and change something for them. Newcastle had players [on their bench] who did come on and made a difference. That’s a worrying thing for Spurs.”
Spurs lost 2-1 to Newcastle on Sunday, with Ayoze Perez scoring a winning goal in second half injury time to clinch victory.
Perez, and his fellow goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic, both came off the bench during the game to pick up victory, and Wright criticised the lack of a potential game change on the Spurs bench during the tie.
Nacer Chadli and Heung-Min Son came off the bench in the game, but neither are proven goalscorers in the Premier League yet, and the lack of a striker for Pochettino to call upon meant the Argentine boss could change little in the final third.
Three of the other options - Nabil Bentaleb, Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies - are defensive players, whilst Josh Onomah is a young talent with seven minutes of Premier League football to his name this season.
None of these options are going to come onto the field of play and immediately change the complexion of the game, and it leaves Spurs looking very one dimensional when fighting for another goal.
Tottenham’s main game plan has been working very well this season, but they still struggle with a plan B, and the lack of any quality goalscorer on the substitutes bench will continue to see Spurs falter this term.