‘Tottenham squad is not good enough!’ Recent wins suggest otherwise...
PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 November 2018
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Spurs have received criticism for a lack of depth, but Mauricio Pochettino used 22 different players in the last two games and most impressed
After losing 1-0 at home to Manchester City last Monday, Spurs have hit back with two big victories on the road and they have used 22 different players away to West Ham United and at Wolverhampton Wanderers over the past few days.
The prospect of playing three times between Monday night and Saturday evening was always going to be a massive ask for the squad.
Mauricio Pochettino would have been well aware of the demands his players were set to go through during games with City, United and Wolves, but saw his group stand up to the challenge.
Away to West Ham in the fourth round of the League Cup on Wednesday, October 31, Tottenham Hotspur made 10 changes from the team which lost narrowly to City as only Davinson Sanchez retained his place in the side.
Spurs still selected a strong starting XI with Harry Winks, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Heung-min Son playing from the off while Paulo Gazzaniga was in goal.
Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth and Serge Aurier made up the back four alongside Sanchez and Victor Wanyama and Fernando Llorente were also selected and a clinical display resulted in a much-needed 3-1 win.
Son was at the double and Llorente got on the scoresheet too, as Tottenham booked a spot in the last eight where they will visit Arsenal next month (December 18-20).
After winning at West Ham, Spurs returned to Premier League action on Saturday with a tricky clash away to new boys Wolves.
Injuries to Wanyama and Eric Dier forced Pochettino to shuffle his pack some more and he made nine changes to the XI which won the cup tie.
Winks and Foyth retained their spots, but Hugo Lloris, Kieran Trippier, centre back Toby Alderweireld and Ben Davies made up the defence with Argentinian Foyth.
Mousa Dembele partnered Winks in midfield and Harry Kane returned up front with Lucas Moura, Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela behind him.
Despite another virtually completely different team and with Dembele going off early with an injury, Tottenham clinched a superb victory once again.
Lamela, Moura and Kane were on target and these two results show perhaps Spurs’ squad is better than we think!
More tough games are to come, but in the attacking areas there finally seems genuine competition for places and in defence too.
While Foyth’s rashness come to the fore in the second half at the Molineux, there is no doubting his potential and the hope will be he improves with more game time and the older he gets.
Sanchez and Alderweireld’s partnership appears to be getting better, but the area of concern is at full-back.
Trippier has been caught out defensive in each of the club’s last two league matches, while Davies has failed to produce the form of last season.
Spurs will hope Danny Rose can return soon and Serge Aurier can kick on after what has been a solid, but unspectacular start to the campaign so far.
In addition to the full-back areas, Tottenham have some issues in central midfield with Dier, Dembele and Wanyama all injured.
Winks has began to get back to his best, though, and if the aforementioned trio can return to full fitness after this upcoming international break, the Lilywhites will be well-placed to have a strong second half of the season. Who would have predicted that?