Paul Merson has insisted that Tottenham weren’t too impressive in their win over Aston Villa at the weekend.
Spurs beat Villa 3-2 away from home in the Premier League on Sunday and it means they now sit fifth in the table only a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who they face next weekend at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho’s side needed a stoppage time winner to wrap up three points and once again weren’t at their dazzling best, but result have been on the rise despite mixed levels of performances.
They have gone seven matches across all competitions without a defeat since losing to Liverpool on 11 January and are right in the mix for a top four finish in the league now.
Sky Sports pundit Merson feels Spurs were fortunate against Villa, as well as reacting to the injury update on Heung-Min Son.
Spurs confirmed (official website) on Tuesday that in-form attacker Son will miss a few weeks with a fractured arm and will required surgery.
He was on a six-game goalscoring run in all competitions to help fill the Harry Kane void in attack, but will now join him in the recovery room.
“I know Tottenham create chances and score goals but I look back at the Aston Villa game, and they were on the rack at 1-0. For 30 minutes, Villa were all over them, and if they go 2-0 up, it’s a different game. Spurs only won through bad defending,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“How are you supposed to win anything with no centre forward? Son does a great job, he’s a proper player, but you wouldn’t buy him to play him up front for a season, and now he’s out injured which is a massive blow.”
Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino were one of the most exciting teams around to watch and played some eye-catching football, something that they are a long way from right now.
But it’s a results-based business at the top level and Mourinho has certainly improved the results on the pitch since his mid-season arrival.
It’s going to take time to really stamp an authority and another injury to another key player is going to restrict the side, but they have a manager who will do his best to find a way to win by any means possible.