Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Tottenham has definitely had a positive impact, guiding them to wins over West Ham, Olympiakos, Bournemouth and Burnley.
He’s got Dele Alli and Harry Kane firing, but he hasn’t yet been able to solidify their defence, conceding twice in each of his first four games in charge.
A leaky defence isn’t the only problem facing Mourinho, though. So with that in mind, here are three issues that he needs to solve:
The sale of Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid in the summer has left Spurs light at full-back. Serge Aurier has been the regular starter on the right, but he has issues with his discipline. The Ivorian commits 1.3 fouls per game on average this season, while only making 0.1 blocks (via WhoScored). He has also been sent off once in the Premier League this term. On the left, injury to Ben Davies has left centre-back Jan Vertonghen deputising out wide. Danny Rose’s contract issues seem to have pushed him to one side, but relying on a 32-year-old out of position may not be a solid move for the future.
Spurs have really dropped the ball on their contract situation, allowing several key players to run their deals down. Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen could all leave for free next summer. The club need to make a decision on whether or not to cash in on three such influential players in January, or let them leave for nothing in the following transfer window.
Tanguy Ndombele’s fitness
For a club-record signing, Ndombele has not had the impact many would have expected him to. In 17 appearances, he’s scored twice and assisted three, with his Premier League performances earning him a rating of just 6.86. He’s missed six games already this season, struggling for fitness consistently throughout this campaign, much to the frustration of Spurs fans.
They’ve got options in the middle of the park, with the likes of Eric Dier, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Giovani Lo Celso all more than capable of stepping into his place. Altogether, Ndombele’s nightmare start has become quite the conundrum for Mourinho.
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