The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern remain bewildered by their sides lacklustre performance in the North-London derby this weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino took his Tottenham side to The Emirates as marginal favourites despite playing away from home, but once Shkodran Mustafi headed in a controversial opener on 36 minutes, the result never looked in doubt. Just 5 minutes later Alexis Sanchez expertly cushioned the ball down after Lacazette had found him inside the penalty area, before slamming the ball into the roof of Lloris’ net to send the home supporters into ecstasy.
The result further underlined Pochettino’s abysmal away record against the top-5 clubs, and plenty has been made of his shortcomings in the aftermath of the game.
However, whilst the manager has come in for plenty of criticism after collecting just 9 points from an available 51 in his last 17 away matches against the top-6, his players have escaped rather lightly.
Perhaps the mentality of the current crop of Tottenham players is preventing the club from advancing to the next level as well as the shortcomings of Pochettino’s big-game tactics.
With that being said, Tottenham, should make an approach to bring Welsh star Gareth Bale back to the club, particularly considering Guillem Balague’s admission that Tottenham still have a buy-back clause written into Bale’s Real Madrid contract.
Tottenham’s current squad have been excellently gelled together by Pochettino in recent years, and they usually perform like a well-oiled machine who are capable of beating anybody on their day.
But yet, it does feel like they are missing a player from their squad who possesses both a winning-mentality and a know-how for finding an end product during the pivotal moments of big-name clashes.
If Tottenham wish to make a genuine push for the title this season and in the future, then they need to sign a proven winner with experience of fighting for league title’s and Champions League trophies. They don’t usually spend big money on world stars, though breaking tradition could see Spurs reach the next level.
Gareth Bale more than fits the bill and his return could well be the missing part of the jigsaw that will enable Pochettino to lift his first trophy as Tottenham manager.