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Tottenham: Pochettino criticised; star could face ban; striker consults United legend

Tottenham: Pochettino criticised; star could face ban; striker consults United legend

Tottenham Hotspur have always been that reliable side who’ll finish fifth or sixth every season, but under Mauricio Pochettino, you feel things are certainly on the up. The Argentinian has got his side playing some attractive football whilst turning an eye to those youngsters developed by the excellent academy system that they have over in North London.

 

That hasn’t stopped the manager coming in for some criticism from the small minority of the media, though. Spurs failed to take all three points from their game against AFC Bournemouth at the weekend , and that has led to some pundits taking a jibe at the coach as they feel he is the problem.

Don Hutchinson, formerly of West Ham United, has said that Pochettino made the wrong substitutions entirely and that could’ve cost Tottenham Hotspur a couple of points – which could well be crucial come next May. The 45-year-old from Gateshead reckons it was a bad call to take off both Son and Alli, who looked threatening. Instead, the manager replaced them with Janssen and Sissoko, the latter of which did well not to get himself sent off.

 

Now we move onto the Frenchman who Tottenham spent big on over the summer. He was brought on a substitute to try and turn the game his sides way, but in fact, he could’ve harmed himself and the team over the next fortnight as a suspension may be heading his way.

The BBC reckon that the 27-year-old could face retrospective punishment for an apparent elbow on Bournemouth’s Harry Arter in the 79th minute of their 0-0 draw.  The incident wasn’t seen by a match official, meaning the Football Association now have the option to take retrospective action – and possibly hand him a three-match ban which would obviously be bitterly disappointing to Sissoko and the rest of his teammates.

Finally, we move onto another one of Spurs’ new signings. Vincent Janssen, who came to White Hart Lane on the back of an outstanding thirty-goal season for AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie. He cost Tottenham around £17million which isn’t too bad all things considered, and although he has only scored the one goal across all competitions, you can tell the hunger and drive is there.

Obviously moving to England would’ve been a huge decision for the 22-year-old to make, and Janssen has revealed that he consulted his idol, and former Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy before he agreed to the switch. That’s according to reports back in his homeland of Holland, and honestly, there weren’t many better strikers in the Premier League era than Van Nistelrooy, so he would’ve certainly had some sound advice for his compatriot.

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