Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has launched an impassioned defence of current Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino in his weekly Daily Mail column.
It comes after a tough week for Tottenham, in which they lost 7-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League and suffered a 3-0 loss to Brighton in the Premier League.
Redknapp, whose father Harry also managed at White Hart Lane, explained the moment he felt something was wrong at Tottenham came in the summer. He was also critical of Daniel Levy and suggested when Tottenham missed a big opportunity.
“The moment I knew there was trouble on the horizon at Tottenham Hotspur was at the start of the season, when Mauricio Pochettino told us to refer to him as the ‘coach’ rather than the ‘manager’.
“This was Pochettino letting us all know that he was in the dark about transfers and contract talks — and that is wrong…
“…Levy is a brilliant businessman, but I can’t help feeling Tottenham missed the opportunity of a lifetime two years ago. They were in a superb position, one from which they could have properly kicked on.”
There have been rumblings of something being wrong behind the scenes for some time at Tottenham and that now seems to be stretching to the pitch.
As for missing an opportunity, there is no doubt that Spurs’ lack of transfer activity has come back to haunt them.
Due to the build of the new stadium, finances were in short supply at Tottenham. Jack Clarke’s signing from Leeds United in the summer was Tottenham’s first senior transfer since Lucas Moura’s January 2018 arrival from PSG.
Two years ago, Tottenham signed Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, Fernando Llorente, Juan Foyth and Paulo Gazzaniga. It came the season after they finished second to Chelsea in the Premier League and since then they have failed to build the squad sufficiently.
Now, it seems the ship may have passed Tottenham by and they have failed to capitalise on that momentum.