Tottenham Hotspur are enjoying a resurgent campaign under Jose Mourinho, nearly one year after he was appointed.
This summer was the first time the Portuguese boss could fully stamp his authority down at the club having taken over from Mauricio Pochettino mid-season, and we’re starting to see his plans come to fruition.
Spurs find themselves in second place, one point behind Premier League leaders Leicester City, after the opening eight matches whilst in the Europa League, they appear to be strong favourites to advance into the knockout stages.
However, there is a pressing issue that has been masked by their sensational attacking play this season and it is one that has been lingering ever since the Special One took the helm.
In the top-flight last season, Spurs had the second-worst defensive record of any team that finished inside the top seven.
The north Londoners have lost just one of their last 14 matches in all competitions, but have only managed to keep two clean sheets – against Burnley and West Brom, who are currently two of the sides in the bottom three.
Evidently, conceding goals is still a major problem and that should come as a surprise given Mourinho appointed club legend Ledley King as his assistant coach
His experience is surely vital to this Spurs backline, yet we’re yet to see any true returns in that sense. Harry Redknapp once labelled the injury-prone centre-back an “absolute freak” for being able to play at the very top despite not training all week.
Well, it’s time to drill that sort of mantra into the likes of Davinson Sanchez, who is often thought to be the liability in N17, midfielder-turned-defender Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and the youthful duo of Japhet Tangana and Joe Rodon.
Forget Sanchez, the longer Spurs keep leaking goals, the more right there is to question the influence – or lack of – King is having on the squad.
AND in other news, Spurs should revisit beast compared to Bergkamp, it won’t cost Levy a penny…