Stan Collymore urges Tottenham to make League Cup their number one priority

Radio presenter Stan Collymore looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and  Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 23, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Stan Collymore has suggested that Tottenham Hotspur should make the League Cup their number one priority.

Radio presenter Stan Collymore looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and  Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 23, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Stan Collymore has told the Daily Mirror that Tottenham should be looking to make the Carabao Cup their main priority at the start of every season following Mauricio Pochettino's comments on the competition following their recent exit.

Spurs reached the last 16 of the competition that they have won four times in their history, but were knocked out following an inspired second-half display from West Ham at Wembley - prompting Pochettino to suggest that the trophy was not a priority to him as they continue to battle in the Premier League and Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks dejected after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 28, 2017 in...

But Collymore has suggested that the Argentinian should have done all he could to keep Spurs in the competition, and insisted that Tottenham should put it on a pedestal at the start of each season.

"Mauricio Pochettino talked down the Carabao Cup before Tottenham were knocked out by West Ham last week," he told the Daily Mirror.

West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic (R) and Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gesture before the English Premier League football match between...

"But he should be making it Spurs’ No.1 priority in the next two or three years as they try to win their first trophy since 2008.

"He should be saying ‘we want this league cup, I want to do what Jose Mourinho did when he went into Chelsea and then Manchester United and put some silverware on the mantelpiece early by winning the league cup. It can be a springboard."

It would, of course, be fantastic for Tottenham if they were able to win the Carabao Cup at some stage as, as Collymore suggests, it would send a message out that Spurs have ascended to another level.

But it is also incredibly difficult to criticise Pochettino for wanting to rotate his options to make sure that they are in the best shape to play as strong a team as possible in the Premier League and Champions League. Having the trophy would be great for the club as a statement, but surely few fans would be pleased if it jeopardised their chances in the top flight and of progressing in the Champions League. 

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