Pochettino complained that Tottenham’s squad had never felt more ‘unsettled’ than it currently does just over a week ago.
Pochettino was waiting for the closure of the European transfer window, as he felt that a number of Tottenham’s players were not fully focused on the task ahead.
“This is my sixth season and [it is] the most unsettled group we are working with,” he said to Football London after Tottenham were beaten by Newcastle United. “That is why we are relaxed and calm. Some situations we cannot fix. Nothing to say about that, situations that are going on in the squad. Still we need to wait.
“It’s so difficult, the situation. We cannot blame one party or another. That is the situation, the circumstances. We arrive today with different players and different situations in the squad but I don’t want to justify our performance because of that.”
Yet Winks has now spoken out, and suggested that the mood in Tottenham’s camp has actually been excellent and very positive.
“We have got a great energy around the camp and everybody has been positive and happy. Just results have not been going the way we wanted them to. But that’s football,” Winks said.
“Everybody is happy, everybody is getting on really well. We are working as hard as we can to try to get results and get back into winning ways.”
Winks’s comments do not seem to match up with his manager’s, with the two taking very contrasting takes over the situation at Spurs.
Pochettino will surely be happier now that the transfer deadline has passed over Europe, as Spurs have kept hold of their key players.
Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen have all stuck around at Hotspur Way, and Spurs will be looking to improve after the international break.
Tottenham have looked out of sorts of far this season, even if they did show glimpses of promise during a 2-2 draw with Arsenal last weekend.
If Tottenham’s squad are happy and focused, as Winks says, then there is absolutely no reason why they still cannot push to take third place.
But if Spurs do not return from the international break in much better form then serious questions will begin to be asked about what is happening with the North London side.
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