Since Mauricio Pochettino arrived at White Hart Lane, Spurs have been inconsistent at best. Glimmers of high quality passing and movement, have been equally matched by too many players having poor days far too often. The Lilywhites currently sit in 10th place in the Premier League – with a disappointing 21 points from 15 games.
The ex-Southampton boss arrived in north London with high expectations, but too many of his star-studded squad have let him down thus far. Over the years, White Hart Lane has become somewhat of a fortress and a difficult place for any team to go. This year though, Spurs have only picked up a shocking 10 points from a possible 24 – which include poor home defeats to Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United, Stoke City.
Tottenham’s poor form has already put Pochettino under enormous pressure to turn things around, as we all know what Daniel Levy is like when it comes to sacking managers.
It’s been no secret that many – if not most – of the Tottenham players have underperformed for their new boss this season – but here we take a look at the FIVE who have disappointed the most so far.
Since his arrival, Aaron Lennon has no doubt been a firm fans’ favourite but this season the 27-year-old has struggled to stamp his authority in Pochettino’s Premier League first-team. Instead, the ex-England international has found himself playing more in the Europa League and Capital One Cup.
He’s shown over the years what he’s capable of – he’s fast, tricky, can beat a player and deliver good crosses into the box. But for one reason or another, Lennon has been nowhere near his best – and his performance at Stamford Bridge last week proved that. Rumours have already circulated that the former Leeds man could be on his way out of White Hart Lane in January. He’s been a great servant to Spurs over the years, but surely now he’s surplus to requirements.
Since the Spaniard’s eagerly anticipated £26m move to White Hart Lane, I think it’s safe to say, he’s been a major flop. The 29-year-old arrived at Spurs to undoubtedly high expectations, but he hasn’t been able to get anywhere near what was expected.
A shocking seven league goals (with only three from open play) since arriving, have seen Soldado become a real scapegoat. Despite his poor goal-scoring form, Pochettino continues to play him, but the former Valencia striker has only scored once in nine Premier League games under his new boss. There is only so much patience you can have in a striker – especially one that has cost £26m.
Despite the Argentine looking far better this season than he did last, Erik Lamela has still got an awful lot of improving to do. The £30m man has always struggled to live up to his massive price tag, ever since he was handed Gareth Bale’s famous number 11 shirt.
Glimpses of quality have had the Spurs fans licking their lips on occasions – but it’s been far too infrequent. It’s going to take more than a Europa League rabona goal to repay some of his big fee and win the hearts of the Spurs fans. At 22, Lamela has still got plenty of time on his side, but if he doesn’t want to turn into another White Hart Lane flop, then he must start proving his worth soon.
Kyle Naughton has probably seen more first-team action than he would have expected this season, but after two red cards in 10 league and cup appearances, the defender hasn’t done himself any favours for future first-team opportunities. Eric Dier and Vlad Chiriches have both been picked ahead of Naughton on occasions – and they are both centre-back’s by trade.
With Tottenham’s first-team right-back, Kyle Walker, on the mend and reportedly back in full training, the future doesn’t look too bright for the 26-year-old. Maybe a move away from the Lane would not only benefit Naughton, but also Spurs in the long run.
After Emmanuel Adebayor’s exile at the start of last season, many wouldn’t have envisioned he would still be at White Hart Lane now. But after the sacking of Andres Villas-Boas, Spurs’ caretaker manager Tim Sherwood drafted the Togo international back into the first-team, and with 14 goals in 25 games he certainly repaid Sherwood’s faith.
But under Pochettino, Adebayor has struggled to find the net thus far. The charismatic striker has only scored two goals in 12 games in all competitions, and has spent most of the season living in Harry Kane’s shadow – with the England U21 international having eclipsed his striking counterpart. Rumours of him leaving the club in January were put to bed by Adebayor recently, but it may be out of his hands if he doesn’t pick up his form.