Former Tottenham midfielder and manager Glenn Hoddle has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue offered a major problem to Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino left Premier League rivals Southampton in order to join Tottenham in the summer of 2014, replacing Tim Sherwood in the White Hart Lane dugout having starred with Southampton.
The Argentine had a decent first season, taking Spurs to fifth place, just six points away from the Champions League places, whilst the emergence of players like Eric Dier, Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane gave fans major optimism for the future.
This term, Pochettino has far exceeded expectations. Spurs are in the race for the Premier League title, and sit just five points adrift of league leaders Leicester City as we enter the final stages of the season.
Whether it's been improving players already at the club like Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela, developing the club's young players like Kane and Ryan Mason, or bringing in talented players to supplement his squad such as Toby Alderweireld, Dele Alli and the aforementioned Dier, Pochettino appears to be doing everything right at White Hart Lane.
One of the major factors has been moulding his own squad, and whilst that meant bringing in the likes of Alderweireld and Alli, it also meant selling some players too.
A whole host of players have left White Hart Lane since Pochettino's appointment, including Vlad Chiriches, Federico Fazio, Paulinho, Sandro, Kyle Naughton, Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend and Younes Kaboul.
However, Glenn Hoddle has now highlighted three players who Pochettino really needed to move on in order to build his high-energy, high-pressing style at White Hart Lane.
Hoddle, speaking to the Daily Mail, says that he felt Pochettino was 'frustrated' in his first season because he didn't have 'quick, intensive' players at his disposal, and three players, Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue, embodied that as they didn't have the fitness levels to cope with Pochettino's playing style, and they were unsurprisingly let go in order for Pochettino to build.
"When Mauricio first came in his major problem was that he wanted to do what he did at Southampton and to press teams high. And he didn't really have the players with the fitness levels," said Hoddle. "Emmanuel Adebayor wasn't going to do that, was he? Roberto Soldado. Etienne Capoue. They weren't quick, intensive players so I think in that first year he was frustrated," he added.
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