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Eriksen’s A Symptom Not The Cause
By Harry Hotspur -
My thanks to Daytripper

The problem is entirely Pochettino’s fault – but is also one I think he can still fix. I am so tired of hearing everybody blast Eriksen. He is a symptom of the problem, not the cause.

For the first time since Mauricio shipped out Mousa Dembele (hmm, when did our struggles start again?).

Poch tried to play Christian Eriksen in his natural #10 role against Brighton Ten minutes into the match it was clear Tanguy Ndombele was not willing to make the needed runs to help get the ball out of our zone, so Poch had no choice but to pull Eriksen back (makes him have to defend which is wasting his skills, and leaves him too deep to influence the match).

It would have been great if he could have pulled Erik Lamela back instead, but the Argentine turns the ball over so much he cannot be trusted with the ball in the defensive third.

When Spurs were at their best, Dele, Kane and Eriksen played as a front 3 in a system similar to Liverpool where they constantly rotated and pulled defenders apart causing havoc.

Now because Pochettino has lost the plot, it is Son, Kane and Lamela (and/or Sissoko at times).

Both Son and Lamela are static, and they too also lose possession to frequently, which then starves Kane of service and lets teams routinely counter us.

This line-up is – in my opinion – our best option in the future, and may be the only solution to correct our woes:

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36 responses to “Eriksen’s A Symptom Not The Cause”

  1. Leslie Crawford says:

    So eight games in who thinks Vertonghen,Alderweirld,Eriksen and anybody else deserve obscene contracts? Their best football is behind them.Its just my opinion but under Pochettino we have made too many lousy signings judging players over more than having one good season.Leaving out the summer signings,who has Poch signed that you think you would want as a guaranteed starter in your next match?We wasted time and effort on N’Jie,N’Koudou,Janssen,Stambouli,Aurier and Fazio.We signed average players in Trippier,Wanyama,Dier,Davies,Vorm,Gazaniga,Llorente and Foyth.Sissoko has the heart of a lion but two left feet and was not designed to be a right back or winger.The best thing about Dele at the minute is his price tag £5m.That leaves me with two players who still look committed to the cause and who I still have faith in Son & Moura. Sanchez should never be played at RB and has lost all confidence.was he worth £42m?

  2. legoverlassreinvented says:

    We have Kane and Son isolated up front. We have no midfield creativity and no midfield transition. Our lack of full backs is pulling Toby and Verts all over the place. I agree that since Dembele struggled with injuries and since we sold him without a replacement then we have fallen into this sideways and backwards slow forward movement. Neither Dier or Davis should be anywhere near this squad. If Ndombele was our prime target and Poochs top pick for the summer then his ability with player selection is very worrying. He is a fitness coach in my book and that is about it. He has no offensive tactical ability. When I see him with his three clipboard sidekicks sitting huddled together on the touch line and I see no constructive substitutions or in game management it is obvious that the whole facade is a sham.I have heard that at the NFL match at the yet unnamed NFL stadium all branding relating to THFC has been removed as if the club no longer exists. Yet during an EPL match NFL merchandise is still on show. That says everything we need to know. If that is true then the supporters should start to boycott matches. ENIC are not where they want to be with the NFL at the moment. They are still relying on EPL and CL revenues and maximum ticket prices from THFC supporters. I fear we have to drive the club towards a relegation struggle to force their hand in selling up. ENIC have shown they panic in such a senario. It may encourage them to take the money and run and it may encourage an owner to come in who can see THFC as the primary brand and realise that winning is the strategy to success. If not I fear that over time THFC will increasingly disappear as a presence at the new destination and the stadium will be seen as the major NFL venue in the UK as it will be the only one prepared to allow itself to become a primary NFL venue. At this moment in time I really fear for the future of our great club. I can see us falling away fast. The game is to make this an NFL venue first and foremost. Let that sink in. ENIC have taken over this club. They have used debt financing to demolish the clubs home ground and they have replaced it with stadium that THFC are now only tenants at. The board are so arrogant that one of their senior management announce that all along the aim was to create an NFL venue and not a world class stadium for THFC. They actually announce this and what impact do you think that has on the playing staff and coach. They realise that their is no future here for them. They realise that they will never win anything of any value. They realise they will always be struggling and will always be under paid. Why would any decent player want anything to do with this club and it’s owners. What we are seeing is how they are all feeling about being here. No desire, no passion just a need to get away as soon as possible.Yes Eriksen has left the building but can you blame him. Deli Ali being paid almost twice what he earns and has been for some considerable time because Levys spread sheet values him higher in sell on terms because he is younger. That would make any player switch off and seek the exit door. The same goes for Toby and Verts. It will not be long before Kane looks at the direction of his career and seeks a move.They only have to look at Walkers success with City to see what they are missing. Look at Trippier now. He appears to be playing better than ever having left. Why is that if Pooch is such a great man manager?

    • Cabspur says:

      Just read this on trips and hazard ,he seems to be going rather well apart from his crosses in this particular game. Good luck to him and his family for having the balls to take it on and also working out this team was on a downward spiral.
      https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11827/11821878/eden-hazard-and-kieran-trippiers-contrasting-nights-in-first-madrid-derby

      • Leslie Crawford says:

        He cost Spurs many times last season and regularly got slaughtered on this site and wasn’t wanted he hadn’t much choice but to move on and get his act together.He cared about Spurs and is a good Guy,good luck to him.

      • Leslie Crawford says:

        Trippier cost Spurs so many times last season and was regularly slaughtered on this site,he knew he was no longer wanted and it was up to him to get his act together and move on.He cared about Spurs and is a good guy,good luck to him.

      • Leslie Crawford says:

        He cost Spurs many times last season and regularly got slaughtered on this site and wasn’t wanted he hadn’t much choice but to move on and get his act together.He cared about Spurs and is a good Guy,good luck to him.

    • Leslie Crawford says:

      Are Man City and West Ham not tenants? Going by results and performances this season and at the end of last season none of our players are good enough to join Walker at City nor do they deserve better wages until they win something.I hate this attitude that they would perform better if they got £200 thousand a week instead of a measly £100 thousand.Last season I would have been happy for,Alderweird,Rose and Eriksen to sign new contracts but now they are so far off the pace that I have no problem in them leaving.The players that went out to Colchester earn in a week what Colchester would in a year.The players are letting us down even after a midweek thrashing Brighton out fought,out thought and out played us,embarrassing .

      • legoverlassreinvented says:

        West Ham and Man City are not bending over for the NFL though are they ? No EPL club or any other football club in the world that I know of are talking about their football club as a secondary business interest having used the legacy of their football club to leverage debt financing to construct a new stadium which was built with the primary aim of meeting the needs of the NFL first and foremost. If that philosophy doesn’t eat into the very DNA of THFC and the playing staff and squad in a destructive way then I would be very surprised.

    • Limerick AL. says:

      Excellent Post, should be handed out as a flyer before next Home Game.

  3. gazza says:

    No Moura and no Ndombele?

  4. Steve KillerCushion Williams says:

    We cannot build a team around a snowflake who doesnt want to be there… Year after year i have watched eriksen capitulate whenever the shit hits the fan… The boy has had multiple chances to step up and win with us… This season all eyes on christian has really found him out. Hes struggling to even make a decent pass against the likes of brighton now.. Folding against league 2 opposition.. Something is very wrong at our club and it comes from the top.. Pochs hand has often been forced through lack of options… Regardless of anything, there is no excuse for players lack of commitment, application… Fucking hell against brighton we looked like relegation candidates.. The players have to take alot of responsibility here, not closing down, not putting up a fight, no excuse for that.

  5. legoverlassreinvented says:

    That midfield is frighteningly Championship class.

  6. coys1882 says:

    Have to admit H, I cannot agree with that forward line up. Dele Alli instead of Son??? Sadly Dele is rubbish right now. Perhaps his confidence is shot, but he is not worth a starting berth at all currently, let alone in place of Son.

    Frankly I would jettison Erikssen for Lucas Moura on current form also. What is Erikssen doing currently to deserve a starting spot? Nothing. Lucas on the other hand has unfairly, in my view, being parked on the bench, in favour of both Lamela and Erikssen. Even yesterday when he came on he looked more dangerous, in spite of an abject overall team performance.

    I agree with Winks and Sissoko, in midfield, but would prefer to have Ndombele instead of Dier. However I concur with your caveat on his level of fitness. Perhaps platoon him with Dier at this point, with Dier starting, to give us more defensive solidity and then using Ndombele as an impact sub until his fitness level is up to standard, especially on the road.

    Back four picks itself, with the exception of Foyth at RB. However, you can’t play Sanchez at RB as we have seen all too clearly, Sissoko is wasted there and Aurier is a head case waiting to implode. At this point however, as the lesser of two evils, I would play Aurier over Foyth, only because Foyth as a penalty magnet is more of a liability than Aurier!

  7. Eleventstonedidiots says:

    Cant agree with this blog. Jettison Son in favour of a player who doesn’t want to be there? So he’s played slightly out of position? So what. If hes good enough to play for RM he should be able to adapt. Its not like hes being asked to play left back.

  8. legoverlassreinvented says:

    We have Kane and Son isolated up front. We have no midfield creativity and no midfield transition. Our lack of full backs is pulling Toby and Verts all over the place. I agree that since Dembele struggled with injuries and since we sold him without a replacement then we have fallen into this sideways and backwards slow forward movement. Neither Dier or Davis should be anywhere near this squad. If Ndombele was our prime target and Poochs top pick for the summer then his ability with player selection is very worrying. He is a fitness coach in my book and that is about it. He has no offensive tactical ability. When I see him with his three clipboard sidekicks sitting huddled together on the touch line and I see no constructive substitutions or in game management it is obvious that the whole facade is a sham.I have heard that at the NFL match at the yet unnamed NFL stadium all branding relating to THFC has been removed as if the club no longer exists. Yet during an EPL match NFL merchandise is still on show. That says everything we need to know. If that is true then the supporters should start to boycott matches. ENIC are not where they want to be with the NFL at the moment. They are still relying on EPL and CL revenues and maximum ticket prices from THFC supporters. I fear we have to drive the club towards a relegation struggle to force their hand in selling up. ENIC have shown they panic in such a senario. It may encourage them to take the money and run and it may encourage an owner to come in who can see THFC as the primary brand and realise that winning is the strategy to success. If not I fear that over time THFC will increasingly disappear as a presence at the new destination and the stadium will be seen as the major NFL venue in the UK as it will be the only one prepared to allow itself to become a primary NFL venue. At this moment in time I really fear for the future of our great club. I can see us falling away fast. The game is to make this an NFL venue first and foremost. Let that sink in. ENIC have taken over this club. They have used debt financing to demolish the clubs home ground and they have replaced it with stadium that THFC are now only tenants at. The board are so arrogant that one of their senior management announce that all along the aim was to create an NFL venue and not a world class stadium for THFC. They actually announce this and what impact do you think that has on the playing staff and coach. They realise that their is no future here for them. They realise that they will never win anything of any value. They realise they will always be struggling and will always be under paid. Why would any decent player want anything to do with this club and it’s owners. What we are seeing is how they are all feeling about being here. No desire, no passion just a need to get away as soon as possible.Yes Eriksen has left the building but can you blame him. Deli Ali being paid almost twice what he earns and has been for some considerable time because Levys spread sheet values him higher in sell on terms because he is younger. That would make any player switch off and seek the exit door. The same goes for Toby and Verts. It will not be long before Kane looks at the direction of his career and seeks a move.They only have to look at Walkers success with City to see what they are missing. Look at Trippier now. He appears to be playing better than ever having left. Why is that if Pooch is such a great man manager?

  9. legoverlassreinvented says:

    We have Kane and Son isolated up front. We have no midfield creativity and no midfield transition. Our lack of full backs is pulling Toby and Verts all over the place. I agree that since Dembele struggled with injuries and since we sold him without a replacement then we have fallen into this sideways and backwards slow forward movement. Neither Dier or Davis should be anywhere near this squad. If Ndombele was our prime target and Poochs top pick for the summer then his ability with player selection is very worrying. He is a fitness coach in my book and that is about it. He has no offensive tactical ability. When I see him with his three clipboard sidekicks sitting huddled together on the touch line and I see no constructive substitutions or in game management it is obvious that the whole facade is a sham.I have heard that at the NFL match at the yet unnamed NFL stadium all branding relating to THFC has been removed as if the club no longer exists. Yet during an EPL match NFL merchandise is still on show. That says everything we need to know. If that is true then the supporters should start to boycott matches. ENIC are not where they want to be with the NFL at the moment. They are still relying on EPL and CL revenues and maximum ticket prices from THFC supporters. I fear we have to drive the club towards a relegation struggle to force their hand in selling up. ENIC have shown they panic in such a senario. It may encourage them to take the money and run and it may encourage an owner to come in who can see THFC as the primary brand and realise that winning is the strategy to success. If not I fear that over time THFC will increasingly disappear as a presence at the new destination and the stadium will be seen as the major NFL venue in the UK as it will be the only one prepared to allow itself to become a primary NFL venue. At this moment in time I really fear for the future of our great club. I can see us falling away fast. The game is to make this an NFL venue first and foremost. Let that sink in. ENIC have taken over this club. They have used debt financing to demolish the clubs home ground and they have replaced it with stadium that THFC are now only tenants at. The board are so arrogant that one of their senior management announce that all along the aim was to create an NFL venue and not a world class stadium for THFC. They actually announce this and what impact do you think that has on the playing staff and coach. They realise that their is no future here for them. They realise that they will never win anything of any value. They realise they will always be struggling and will always be under paid. Why would any decent player want anything to do with this club and it’s owners. What we are seeing is how they are all feeling about being here. No desire, no passion just a need to get away as soon as possible.Yes Eriksen has left the building but can you blame him. Deli Ali being paid almost twice what he earns and has been for some considerable time because Levys spread sheet values him higher in sell on terms because he is younger. That would make any player switch off and seek the exit door. The same goes for Toby and Verts. It will not be long before Kane looks at the direction of his career and seeks a move.They only have to look at Walkers success with City to see what they are missing. Look at Trippier now. He appears to be playing better than ever having left. Why is that if Pooch is such a great man manager?

  10. legoverlassreinvented says:

    We have Kane and Son isolated up front. We have no midfield creativity and no midfield transition. Our lack of full backs is pulling Toby and Verts all over the place. I agree that since Dembele struggled with injuries and since we sold him without a replacement then we have fallen into this sideways and backwards slow forward movement. Neither Dier or Davis should be anywhere near this squad. If Ndombele was our prime target and Poochs top pick for the summer then his ability with player selection is very worrying. He is a fitness coach in my book and that is about it. He has no offensive tactical ability. When I see him with his three clipboard sidekicks sitting huddled together on the touch line and I see no constructive substitutions or in game management it is obvious that the whole facade is a sham.I have heard that at the NFL match at the yet unnamed NFL stadium all branding relating to THFC has been removed as if the club no longer exists. Yet during an EPL match NFL merchandise is still on show. That says everything we need to know. If that is true then the supporters should start to boycott matches. ENIC are not where they want to be with the NFL at the moment. They are still relying on EPL and CL revenues and maximum ticket prices from THFC supporters. I fear we have to drive the club towards a relegation struggle to force their hand in selling up. ENIC have shown they panic in such a senario. It may encourage them to take the money and run and it may encourage an owner to come in who can see THFC as the primary brand and realise that winning is the strategy to success. If not I fear that over time THFC will increasingly disappear as a presence at the new destination and the stadium will be seen as the major NFL venue in the UK as it will be the only one prepared to allow itself to become a primary NFL venue. At this moment in time I really fear for the future of our great club. I can see us falling away fast. The game is to make this an NFL venue first and foremost. Let that sink in. ENIC have taken over this club. They have used debt financing to demolish the clubs home ground and they have replaced it with stadium that THFC are now only tenants at. The board are so arrogant that one of their senior management announce that all along the aim was to create an NFL venue and not a world class stadium for THFC. They actually announce this and what impact do you think that has on the playing staff and coach. They realise that their is no future here for them. They realise that they will never win anything of any value. They realise they will always be struggling and will always be under paid. Why would any decent player want anything to do with this club and it’s owners. What we are seeing is how they are all feeling about being here. No desire, no passion just a need to get away as soon as possible.Yes Eriksen has left the building but can you blame him. Deli Ali being paid almost twice what he earns and has been for some considerable time because Levys spread sheet values him higher in sell on terms because he is younger. That would make any player switch off and seek the exit door. The same goes for Toby and Verts. It will not be long before Kane looks at the direction of his career and seeks a move.They only have to look at Walkers success with City to see what they are missing. Look at Trippier now. He appears to be playing better than ever having left. Why is that if Pooch is such a great man manager?

  11. Tappaspur says:

    There’s a problem with the fireworks for later. Levy bought a job lot on November the 6th last year (cheap) but never stored them in a dry place😂😂😂

  12. JimmyGrievance says:

    The lineup isn’t the problem. Two self imposed missed transfer windows. Persistent failure in backing pretty much every manager during their tenure. Penny pinching player contracts. ENIC are the problem.

  13. Tappaspur says:

    Looking out the window can see a pile of chips has been put around our cockerel.

  14. Limerick AL. says:

    Line ups dont interest me. The situation is far more serious than picking a starting eleven .

  15. Chris Smith says:

    Agree wholeheartedly with that line up.. its the best we have. It’ll have to include Gaz in goals now though.
    I’d take Matt Ryan as a keeper… being an Aussie, I may be a touch biased though.

    • Eddie says:

      Ryan is a good keeper and I said yesterday Lewis Dunk would be a good buy in January.If we are to turn things around a lot of money needs to be spent in January,sadly levy won’t back the manager.
      NFL is the future for ENIC and Levy.

  16. Lilywhite without the II says:

    The frustrating thing is, loads of money wasn’t required to keep us on track, but it will be now…even when we had one of the best scouts in the business they didn’t back him…Levy and the board are 100% to blame for all this, but the money will keep rolling in so Joe Lewis won’t give a shit…

    • Limerick AL. says:

      A good read BUT. When Botch did say we must ‘Be Brave’, he did not specify the Transfer Market,as the writer of that piece alluded .

  17. Lilywhite without the II says:

    The Project is dead, long live the Project…………………..

  18. Alistair Donegan says:

    You lost me at Eric Dier

  19. Eddie says:

    Just watched the first section of Sunday Supp.about Spurs, and although it was vaguely hinted at,nobody pointed out the real reason Poch is struggling and that is the real lack of investment in the team by Levy.
    Head lines to day about Poch not afraid of the sack.Of course not he stands to get paid 30M if he is.Bloody journos.