By Dominic Toner
Danny Murphy believes that Tottenham are playing too narrow in recent games.
Spurs are in poor form ahead of their crucial league match with Arsenal on Sunday and are without a win their last six games across all competitions.
The north London club suffered a 1-0 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen in their Champions League group stage match on Wednesday, with Kevin Kampl scoring the decisive goal in the second-half.
They are now in danger of missing out of the knockout rounds of the Champions League and have lost both home matches at Wembley in Europe.
BBC Pundit and former Spurs player Murphy claims that teams have begun to work them out and said they have become “predictable”.
“They are playing the same way as last year which is fine – it gives them that stability,” Murphy said, as quoted by the Mirror. “But because they are quite rigid in the way that they play, teams have worked them out a little bit.
“They are so narrow – the wide men love coming in and you can throw a blanket over the front three or four at times. They have become a little bit predictable and teams work it out because you have got coaches studying video after video and they are a bit one-dimensional at the moment.”
Spurs have operated with several wide men already this season, with Moussa Sissoko, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son all having several opportunities.
Pochettino also has winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou at his disposal, but the summer signing is yet to complete 90 minutes in any of his seven appearances.
The 21-year-old could be considered a more natural wide man and could offer the width that Murphy feels the team is lacking.
Spurs are set to be boosted by the return of the club’s talisman Harry Kane, who is in contention to make his comeback from a 10-game layout against Arsenal.
Despite the club’s recent form, they are still the only unbeaten side in the Premier League and will hope to continue that run on Sunday.
In other Tottenham news, Hugo Lloris has claimed that the club not be in a worse position right now.