Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Ronny Rosenthal has told Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb that he is not convinced by a number of Spurs players – with Erik Lamela, Eric Dier and Ben Davies picked out.
Jose Mourinho is heading into a crucial period in his tenure. Tottenham now sit ninth in the Premier League. They have also lost five of their last six games in the top flight.
Making the top four is not beyond them. However, based on their current run of form, they are going to require a spectacular turnaround to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Mourinho’s position is coming under scrutiny amongst some fans. But Rosenthal seemed to suggest that a number of players may not be up to the task.
And the 57-year-old went on to pick out three members of the squad he has doubts about.
“I think some elements are not strong enough for a team that has to try to win the title,” he told Tuttomercatoweb. “I think of Lamela, who has been in London for many years but I don’t think he has the necessary qualities.
“Nothing to say on a technical level, but he doesn’t have the speed for the Premier League. Even Dier who plays regularly does not convince me, as well as Davies on the left.”
In fairness to Lamela, he has arguably been one of Tottenham’s better players in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Dier – who earns around £72,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – was outstanding for much of the first-half of the season.
And in truth, the mention of Davies seems a little harsh. But it does appear that it could be a significant summer for a number of players.
It is not yet clear which players will be moved on. But you could understand if the fans were holding out hope for some big changes.