The Chalkboard: Pochettino must be ruthless to get Tottenham firing again

Tottenham got past PSV by the skin of their teeth on Tuesday night, but Mauricio Pochettino needs to make some major changes to get his side firing again.

The Chalkboard

Much like Liverpool, Tottenham have made an excellent start to their Premier League campaign, and yet something just doesn’t feel quite right.

Although they are picking up plenty of points, the team that was blowing teams away for fun over the last two seasons just isn’t clicking at full strength, and it was evident during the clash with PSV.

Fans will of course point to the lack of transfer activity in the summer as to why the team has stagnated slightly, and it’s now time for Pochettino and Daniel Levy to be absolutely ruthless to make sure the move to the new stadium surpasses all expectations.

A new January priority?

Perhaps the biggest factor in any Pochettino side is the full-backs, as the Tottenham boss demands so much from them. The team that finished second in 2017 had Kyle Walker and Danny Rose in the prime of their careers, and Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies were both superb last season.

The latter pair have had a torrid start to the season though, and it’s having a huge effect on the rest of the side.

None of Pochettino’s current full backs are able to offer both attacking impetus and defensive stability, and signing a world class left back in January might now be even more important than the hunt for a new central midfielder.

A new (old) role for Eriksen

Perhaps the biggest attacking change Pochettino has made this season is moving Christian Eriksen further back into midfield. The Danish international has played deeper on a number of occasions in the past, but there is no question he is better in a more advanced position.

The trio of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eriksen absolutely tore teams to shreds over the last couple of seasons, and while the improved depth from players like Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura is certainly a useful asset, it has cost Erisken dearly.

The 26-year-old was one of very few players in the league to join the unique ten goals, ten assists club last season, but he has just one goal and two assists so far this campaign. The injuries in midfield have certainly played their part, but the boss has to find a way to get the Dane more involved in the final third.

So, Tottenham fans, how happy are you with your start to the season? Is playing Eriksen in the middle a mistake? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

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