Jamie Carragher has explained that he feels Tottenham have a similar problem to the Liverpool team of the 2013/14 season, claiming that both don’t have great strength in depth when it comes to their squads.
Liverpool, who were managed by Brendan Rodgers at the time, finished second in the table just two points adrift of title winners Manchester City.
It was a team full of goals with the likes of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, but ultimately they conceded 50 goals during the course of the 38-game league season.
Spurs currently sit second in the Premier League table just eight games into the new season and have started strongly, but Carragher has suggested there is an issue with the squad’s depth.
They certainly do have key individuals like any great team does with Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son two standouts, but their squad will be tested by competing in both European and domestic competitions.
“I see Spurs’ emergence this season as more like that of Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool in 2014,” Carragher wrote in the Telegraph.
“Avoiding injuries to the senior players was critical as – like Spurs in 2020 – the strength in depth was not there. Being outside of European competition helped keep everyone fit, and I suspect Jose wonders whether it would have been better for Spurs to have narrowly failed to make the Europa League at the end of last season.
Carragher may feel that Spurs don’t have the biggest squad, but in fact they recruited extremely wisely in the summer and they do have a solid group of players at their disposal.
It looks like they’ve almost got two decent options for every area of the pitch and they are definitely out this season to surprise people, something they will be looking to do this weekend at home to Manchester City.
Of course you want to avoid injuries to key players, but the state of the current season means everything looks quite open and Spurs look like being one of the best placed teams to capitalise.