'We used to slaughter Arsenal for that': Paul Merson's brutal verdict on Tottenham Hotspur issue

Paul Merson answers questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Mauricio Pochettino has steered Spurs to just two wins this season and all does not seem well at the Tottenham Hotspur Arena at present.

Paul Merson answers questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has issued a brutal verdict regarding Tottenham Hotspur, in particular their handling of Spurs players nearing the end of their contracts, such as Christian Eriksen - something he says Arsenal, his former club, used to be slaughtered for (Daily Star).

There has been increasing uncertainty over the futures of several Spurs players - Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen all see their contracts expire at the end of the season (Transfermarkt), while Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama and Oliver Skipp are contracted until 2021 (Transfermarkt).

 

The off-the-field issues coincide with Tottenham suffering from poor form this season - Spurs have won just two of their eight games this term and were knocked out of the League Cup on Tuesday night by League Two side Colchester United.

In addition, Mauricio Pochettino's charges have let several leads slip this season, including against Arsenal and away at Olympiacos in their opening Champions League group-stage game.

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"The manager is complaining about agendas and disharmony and I think something has gone on there," Merson wrote in his Daily Star column. "You look at their team and Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen won’t be around for long.

"The way Eriksen is playing he will get a move. That’s £150m-worth of talent there. But they’re all coming to the end of their contracts and they will all go for peanuts. We used to slaughter Arsenal for that, but now it’s happening at Spurs. Danny Rose is the best left back in the country at the moment but he might still go as well. And the new players are not pulling up any trees. I worry for Tottenham."

Up next for Spurs is Saturday's Premier League meeting with Southampton at the Tottenham Hotspur Arena.

General View of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on...

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