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Three big problems exist at Tottenham – which one needs sorting first?
By Bruce Grove -

The headline may be a little bit misleading saying there are three problems at Spurs simply because there are probably a good few more but for me, there are three main problems that supersede everything else. ENIC, Jose Mourinho and the players.

The argument goes that ENIC (Daniel Levy and Joe Lewis) has been under-investing in recruitment for a long time now and because of this, we are now feeling the effects of that. Also, the recruitment itself has been questioned in many quarters.

Jose Mourinho is being accused by some of negative football, bringing a toxic atmosphere to the club, alienating some of the players and unable to get the best from the players he seems to favour.

As for the players, it seems that a lot of the fanbase do not rate a good number of them, that some are stealing a living and even worse, simply do not care.

Now, I am sure some will say all three are as bad as each other, which in itself would be a huge worry, makes us sound like Sunderland but as with everything that needs an overhaul, you have to start somewhere.

On a personal level, I am of the opinion that all is not as bad as some think and that patience and time are required. I feel that the stadium will generate the funds needed, that will enable investment in the squad and that Mourinho will eventually get his “players”.

I also do not subscribe to the view that the squad is as terrible as some think.

However, this is not about my opinion but yours? The question is in the headline, what needs sorting first? Is it ENIC, Mourinho or the players, which one of those three are the biggest issue right now and needs to be dealt with immediately?

I look forward to your responses, I have no doubts at all that they will be very interesting.

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Paddio
Paddio
7 days ago

We keep trying to bring in players that have resale potential, this is an attitude of a smaller club. If look look at spending we spend alot but always want a bargain hence you get 6 or 7 players in. Big teams are about balance a few good and great purchases balanced with evolving a side. This I think is what Poch meant when he said we need to change and why Jose was okayish by working with what he got at the start of the season. We sort transfers eve re ything else sorta falls into line.

dembeleshapedhole
dembeleshapedhole
7 days ago

Levy/Enic actually backing Mourinho is the short term solution. Empower him to cut the dross aside, work with those on side, blood some youngsters and bring in new faces in the summer – let Levy worry about recovering his overstated asset values….. I know, I know…more impossibilities

Dan
Dan
7 days ago

I think the more reasonable question is which of these is more likely to be dealt with first.

The club will not be sold anytime soon, the money any prospective new owner would need to pay is just not feasible in the current climate, nor will it be for the next few years.

My (unpopular) opinion is that Mourinho is not fundamentally the issue, I don’t see what we gain from sacking him and replacing him with any of the candidates that have been touted – aside from the standard (and usually temporary) upturn in form and feel good factor around the club.

For me it’s the players, as a collective, on paper, its a great squad but the truth of the matter is that a lot of them have stagnated, got too comfortable, they’re phoning it in. They need to move on for the sake of their own careers. It does us no favours to have them around. Over the next two seasons I can see the following being moved on: Hugo, Hart, Aurier, Doherty, Toby, Dier, Sanchez (maybe), Davies, Winks, Dele, Sissoko, Lucas, Lamela, Bale, Vinicius, Bergwijn.

Based on the current climate (and Levy’s historically shallow pockets) I expect us to replace these with bargain youngsters, free agents and academy graduates. We are going to go backwards before we go forwards.

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
7 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Do you really think we could get rid of 16 players over two years? Not that we don’t need to, but it seems extremely optimistic…

Dan
Dan
7 days ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

No I don’t but then the whole article is extremely optimistic in terms of new owners and new managers

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
7 days ago

Getting rid of ‘Spursy’ mentality might be a good place to start.

Harry Hotspur
7 days ago
Reply to  Lord Croker

We need a surgeon with experience in extracting bad teeth, short bald teeth.

England Mike
England Mike
7 days ago
Reply to  Lord Croker

Thats’s why Mourinho was hired, and ………!

Dan
Dan
7 days ago
Reply to  England Mike

Can’t help but wonder if our squad even had half the footballing brain or attitude of Kane or PEH where we would be.

Kane is having the season of his life under Mourinho, I’m not sure that’s a coincidence.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
7 days ago
Reply to  England Mike

And covid struck! One player he’s sorted right out is Tanguy. He’s still a bit of a snowflake, but he actually runs and tries to fight a bit now… Let Maureen bring some of his targets in and you will see different mentality. Players prepared to run through brick walls helps. Half our squad aren’t just too nice, they are complete fairies.. Hence the infamous ‘bunch of c@nts’ speech.

Bertoliver
Bertoliver
7 days ago

How do you know the players he has bought in aren’t his choices? PEH apart I don’t think they are an upgrade on what we had and I include Reg in that.
Since Jose has been with us there’s been quite a lot of dealing with those close to Mendes who is Jose’s agent. This had lead to the loan signings of two of the worst players ever to wear the shirt and the purchase of a very sub standard right back. Surely he would have approved of these acquisitions.
I accept Jose has in footballing terms been used to shopping in Waitrose for players and now like all before him at Spurs now shops at costcutter. However Sundays team contained five starters who never played under the previous regime and the side made Newcastle look like Bayern Munich, on a good day, at times

Dan
Dan
7 days ago
Reply to  Bertoliver

Who do you believe are the worst players to wear the shirt? Because if its any player of the last 2 years you have an incredibly short memory.

Rasiak, Gilberto, Postiga, Zamora, Atouba, Docherty (the other one, not Matt), I could go on.

Bertoliver
Bertoliver
7 days ago
Reply to  Dan

If you read my text I said two of the worst players to wear the shirt. If you rate them them fine it’s all about opinions. Both won’t be at Spurs next year. If you don’t think the other Docherty is a 15 million mistake that’s fine too, Tiernay at Arsenal for one will be hoping he stays.

Harry Hotspur
7 days ago
Reply to  Bertoliver

Very true

Bertoliver
Bertoliver
7 days ago

How do you know the players he has bought in are not his targets

Dan
Dan
7 days ago
Reply to  Bertoliver

Mourinho doesn’t strike me as someone who would allow a player he didn’t want to come into the club.

Bertoliver
Bertoliver
7 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Agreed. So he needs to take ownership of them and be judged by their success. In my opinion the acquisitions in last three windows including the guy from Psg as well, bar PEH, have not moved the team forward.

Harry Hotspur
7 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Sadly no Spurs manager has any say on signings – see Poch’s ‘change my job title moment for further details

HarryKaneIsInOurHearts
HarryKaneIsInOurHearts
7 days ago

Bring in someone who has a track record of signing young, affordable players with great potential, loads of clubs around the world do it and there are a few of those clubs that are very good at it indeed. If you’re on a shoestring budget, which we will be for the next few years, then we can’t keep buying duds and then being burdened with them and their salaries for years to come.

Harry Hotspur
7 days ago

From Ligue 1?

Baleficent
Baleficent
7 days ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

What could possibly go wrong?

Harry Hotspur
7 days ago
Reply to  Baleficent

Nothing!

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Tickets!

DANP
DANP
7 days ago

Luis Campos is free isnt he, I thought he left Lille.

HarryKaneIsInOurHearts
HarryKaneIsInOurHearts
7 days ago
Reply to  DANP

Would be ideal

Spursnutd
Spursnutd
8 days ago

The wise among us know the problems at the club is with Joe and Danny. Now the stadium will give us extra funds we have seen this pre covid but will it bring the correct players and will it bring them soon enough. Tottenham have always as far back as I can remember been a club three or four players short of challenging for silver on a yearly basis. I look at kane and sonny and see two players as good as we may have ever had certainly in the Enic time. We have in midfield a very strong three but weak on the back up. In defence god where do we start. We have one quality player and the rest are either not fit or too old. I would sell both right backs, the three centre halfs keeping rodon. On Hugo I take a view a keeper is only as good as the guys in front of him. He is still up there and could give us one more season if for no other changing the whole defence keeper included would be very risky.

Baleficent
Baleficent
7 days ago
Reply to  Spursnutd

I think we only have one quality midfielder in PEH. Rest are average to poor and wouldn’t get in a top 6 side.

Harry Hotspur
7 days ago
Reply to  Baleficent

Brian Fantana: (About Sex Panther) They’ve done studies you know. It works 60% of the time… every time.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
7 days ago
Reply to  Baleficent

Heung min Son is pretty much world class on his day. Would certainly get in most top 6 sides.. Take your pills and your cam tea and all will be fine… Mug.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
7 days ago
Reply to  Baleficent

Also I never claimed to be ‘humerous’… But you think you’re funny quoting blackadder characters.. I bet you watch Mr Bean at Christmas too.. Tw@t.

legoverlass
legoverlass
8 days ago

The only meaningful change is that of a new owner. In a perverse way I think the club needs to freefall down the EPL with attendances following so that someone wakes up Uncle Joe from his comatose state on the deck of his tax haven super yacht and he pulls the trigger on little Daniel and sells out to some billionaire organisation that can see the potential of the club to be a real world class football business. Will it happen. I doubt it. So. Repeat, Rinse, and more groundhog days to come. Still I guess we just do not realise that we are in a different “project” with a different “philosophy” to everyone else. Its all our fault basically as fans that we simply do not understand how difficult it is to pretend to run a football club whilst really being a land and property development company.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
7 days ago
Reply to  legoverlass

Ten or fifteen years maybe. Joe is 84 now, he won’t be around forever. What will happen then will be interesting.