It’s been a decent if unspectacular start to the season for Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino. It would have been perfect, had they not suffered a loss to Watford in their final game before the international break.
Prior to that, they’d won each of their three games, including a win over Man Utd, and after a poor summer spending campaign, that was just what they needed.
In truth, Tottenham can consider themselves lucky that their poor result came before the international break. Mauricio Pocheettino can now spend the days between that game and their next thinking about the game and the season more broadly; and he can make some big decisions as a result.
One thing is certain; there have been a few players within the Tottenham squad that should have their first team roles seriously considered.
With that said, these 2 players definitely shouldn’t start for Tottenham after the international break – agreed?
Danny Rose has made two appearances so far this season, one being a start, and he’s done very little to indicate that he’s the man for the future in Tottenham’s defence.
The Englishman has rarely featured over the last year or so, owing to injury problems, but in his absence, Ben Davies has really taken flight. The Welshman has emerged as one of the most consistent members of the Spurs team, and Rose has been left behind.
In the one game he started, against Man Utd, Rose looked out of his depth and lacking quality; and whilst that can be put down to a lack of sharpness, it’s simply evident that the Englishman just isn’t up to the task anymore.
Tottenham’s first team regulars have, for the most part, been fairly consistent so far this season – but that’s not the case for Mousa Dembele.
The Belgian is usually one of the best players at Tottenham, but his form this season has dropped off severely.
His characteristic passing and strength has been replaced by inaccuracy and inconsistency, and for Mauricio Pochettino, that’s just not good enough. When Harry Winks is watching on from the sidelines, you have to consider why Dembele is still getting a chance.
It’s been a bad campaign for him so far, and it’s time for Mauricio Pochettino to make a change.