Off the back of a demolition of both Everton and Bournemouth in a matter of days, Tottenham found themselves well and truly part of the title race recently.
They hosted Wolves on Saturday with the hope of exerting more pressure on leaders Liverpool at the top, who played later that evening. However, the strings came undone for Mauricio Pochettino’s men at Wembley.
In amongst the furore of their good form and rampant goal scoring of recent games, pundits and fans alike seemed to forget the chatter that existed at the beginning of the season regarding Tottenham’s quiet summer transfer window and lack of new signings. But the second half against the newly promoted outfit unearthed that problem again.
The Lilywhites looked slow and lethargic and could not compete with the energy that their opponents maintained in the game. The turning point could have been when Nuno Espírito Santo decided to bring on veteran João Moutinho in the midfield, as the Midlands club scored in rapid succession after that.
On the other hand, Pochettino could only turn to Lucas Moura on his bench as he clearly did not trust the members of his side. The bench had the likes of Kyle Walker-Peters, Oliver Skipp and Juan Foyth, who have all impressed in recent weeks but were perhaps not the personnel that Pochettino wanted to call upon. With Érik lamela out with a calf injury, the manager had no one to turn to. With the additional absence of Eric Dier Mousa Dembélé and Victor Wanyama already out in the midfield, Spurs just seem to run out of gas.
Fortunately that loss could have been a great alarm bell to Daniel Levy prior to the January transfer window. It sent a clear message that Tottenham aren’t the finished article yet and may need to strengthen their squad ahead of busy schedules again. With Tottenham still competing in the League Cup, the Champions League and the FA Cup, squad rotation will be paramount in the coming months. New faces will be a breath of fresh air to Pochettino and will prevent disasters happening again.
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