Paul Merson has claimed that Tottenham could do with someone like Michael Dawson in the Tottenham dressing room, as he told Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports (02/10/21 at 1:20 pm).
The former Spurs centre-back passionately claimed on Sky that Nuno Espirito Santo’s side need to ‘stick together’ because people are ‘doubting’ them.
Even though Spurs picked up a confidence-boosting win at home to Mura in the Europa Conference League on Thursday night, it hasn’t papered over the cracks of recent abject results in the Premier League.
Spurs have lost three games on the bounce, all London derbies and in every single one of them, they have managed to concede three goals.
Nuno is seriously feeling the heat out on that touchline and the Spurs players are on their knees even though they were sitting top of the table not so long ago.
After Dawson passionately ranted as to what his former side need to do, Merson shared that the 37-year-old is “100%’ right in what he is saying.
“They started the season, they won three out of three,” said Dawson. “They are going to have to rally around together, Nuno to start with, ‘we are in this. Everybody is doubting is from the outset. Let’s stick together. We have to show fight and determination.
“When you lose three to Palace. Three to Chelsea and three in a North London derby, then one thing you have to do is roll your sleeves up and go on. Villa is a tough game because they are a good team. What fans won’t accept is no fight.”
Merson responded by saying: “I would get you in the dressing room. I want to play football now. To be fair, it’s true though. 100%.”
Hugo Lloris is the Spurs captain and the Frenchman has proven to be a vocal figure before.
But supporters are also looking towards the more senior players, such as Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to be be vocal when things are going tough.
But other than Hojbjerg, the other players lead and do their talking with the ball, albeit Alli hasn’t performed in a long while.
And when Kane is not hitting the back of the net, after what happened in the summer, then it’s easy to criticise him.