Jermaine Jenas has claimed in his Daily Express column that Daniel Levy’s stewardship of Tottenham Hotspur as chairman of the north London club has been nothing short of a “shambles”.
Tottenham are in disarray after just three wins in the Premier League this season,. The club have already been knocked out of the Carabao Cup, and have picked up just one point in two Champions League games – conceding nine goals.
Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen are all in the final year of their contract, and the doubt over their futures is said to have affected the morale in the dressing room. A lot of blame has been pointed at Levy.
Now, former Tottenham star Jenas has launched a scathing attack on Levy, describing his work over the past few years as a “shambles”. He believes Levy’s focus has been on the stadium, losing track of other matters.
“The chairman? He has had his mind fully focused on the stadium over the last few years and took his eye off the ball,” Jenas said. “This team would be still a good team if it had players under contract and thinking the club loved them, or wanted them.
“He is on the pitch at the NFL game with a big smile on his face. Probably thinking ‘brilliant we did it. We are making loads of money at the football club and everything is great.’ But the team is a mess, a shambles, and they probably won’t make top four this year, although I still think they’ll sort it out.”
TBR’s view – Can Tottenham still make the top four?
If they are to do so, Levy needs to get his act together. Eriksen needs to leave, and any other players that do not have Tottenham as their biggest interest need to follow the Dane out of the exit door.
Secondly, Spurs need recruitment in January. They missed out on Paulo Dybala in the summer, and the Argentine must be signed. Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon would also be a good addition.
A new right-back, centre-back and back-up for Harry Kane is also required. Sorting those issues out will push Spurs into the top four. Without those, Tottenham may have to contend with Europa League football in 2020-21.