Tony Cascarino has claimed in his Times column that he expects to see ‘several’ players leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer, and reckons Jose Mourinho is struggling after taking over mid-season at Spurs.
Tottenham failed to nab all three points on Saturday evening as they drew 1-1 with Burnley at Turf Moor, as Dele Alli cancelled out Chris Wood’s opener. Spurs sit in eighth place, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Spurs have picked up just one point from their last possible nine, and things hardly look as though they are going to get better with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min out until early April at the very earliest.
Tottenham are tasked with overturning a 1-0 deficit in Germany on Tuesday night against free-flowing RB Leipzig, and Times pundit Cascarino reckons a number of players will be sold in the summer by the struggling Mourinho.
Every time José Mourinho has taken over as manager since 2002 it has been before the start of the season, so historically he has always had a summer transfer window and pre-season to work with his new team,” Cascarino said.
“We talk all the time about how hard it is to get January transfers right and that applies to managers as well — he has found it really difficult to come in when the season has already gathered momentum.
“The squad has been failing for a long time — even when Harry Kane and Son Heung-min were fit — and José admitted it is completely unbalanced. Expect several players to be shown the exit in the summer.”
TBR’s view – Who will be axed by Mourinho in the summer?
It is clear that a number of players are not to Mourinho’s liking. The most obvious is summer signing Tanguy Ndombele, who Mourinho hammered in the media over the last couple of weeks – almost blaming Saturday’s first-half on the Frenchman.
Juan Foyth was an important member of the side under Mauricio Pochettino, but under Mourinho he has not had a look in. Similarly, Erik Lamela has dropped down the pecking order, while a new goalkeeper could be targeted.
It promises to be a busy summer window for Spurs, Mourinho and Daniel Levy.