Tottenham Hotspur fans are understandably angry with how Antonio Conte is setting up his side, according to Noel Whelan.
The Lowdown: Spurs’ struggles
After an electric start to the season that brought seven wins from their opening ten Premier League games, Spurs have struggled and currently have just four points from a possible 15.
This drastic drop-off has seen them fall out of the top four and currently sit six points behind Manchester United who’ve played a game less.
Despite the downturn in form, Conte has opted to stay with his preferred five-at-the-back setup which has, in the eyes of Whelan, left supporters frustrated as they drop further away from league leaders and fierce rivals Arsenal.
The Latest: Whelan’s comments
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Premier League striker questioned the Italian’s desire to not mix up his tactics which have proved fruitless of late, saying:
“I’d like to see Spurs try something new, but Conte seems like a stubborn person – and someone who doesn’t change his mind easily.
“He’ll stick to his principles.
“But I would personally like to see him try and change to a four, and just be that little bit more fluid in attack.
“Even playing three at the back, they’re leaking a lot of goals – so it’s not working for them.
“I can see why the fans are frustrated because they’ve watched some of the best attackers in the world in the past – Paul Gascoigne, Ossie Ardiles, Chris Waddle.
“Now they’ve got similar talent in Kane and Son, but they’re being shackled by this system.”
The Verdict: Time for a change?
With attacking talent in abundance when all are fit, Tottenham would likely benefit from a change of mindset on the pitch – but a change off the pitch could also soon occur.
Conte’s contract runs out at the end of the season and The Athletic reported in December that talks were set to take place over a new long-term deal, but since then, Spurs have won just once in the league as he now cuts a visibly frustrated figure.
With anti-Daniel Levy chants being sung since the defeat to Aston Villa, the pressure is mounting on both board and manager.
The alteration in emphasis might bring back a smile to Spurs fans’ faces, with not much to lose at the minute with how their results have gone of late.
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