Jermaine Jenas labelled Tottenham’s attack “predictable” after the team’s 3-1 defeat away to Sheffield United on Thursday evening.
Spurs suffered a crushing Premier League loss at Bramall Lane, which leaves their chances of sneaking into a Champions League spot very thin with six games remaining.
Sheffield United grabbed the three points with goals from Sander Berge, Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie, as they leapfrogged Jose Mourinho’s team into seventh.
The North London club did score a late consolation through Harry Kane and also had a goal chalked off in the first-half amid VAR controversy, but the result now leaves them ninth in the table.
Pundit and ex-Spurs midfielder Jenas believes that his former team have lost their threat in forward areas, especially in terms of their width.
“Predictable is what it feels like every time I watch Tottenham these days,” Jenas told Match of the Day on the BBC One channel (11:18pm, 2 July).
“I don’t feel like they have a strategy when they go forward. I feel like from a pace perspective in the wide areas they have lost that threat that they always used to have.
Mourinho picked a starting XI in midweek that should have had no problem scoring goals, as it was stacked with forwards to try penetrate a stubborn Sheffield United backline.
There were starts for Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura, who couldn’t quite gel as a unit throughout the game and provide enough creativity in the final third.
Spurs have a plethora of attacking options with Erik Lamela and Dele Alli also introduced from the bench, but Mourinho still needs to find a best way to blend them altogether.
There should also be a lot of focus put on the team’s full-backs Serge Aurier and Ben Davies, with both failing in the crossing department and struggling to provide creativity from wide areas.