By Matt Farr
BBC pundit Alan Shearer has handed a damning verdict on Tottenham’s four senior summer signings.
The former Newcastle striker compared Spurs’ recruitment unfavourably with that of current Premier League leaders Chelsea, who beat them 2-0 last weekend.
He added that Mauricio Pochettino has left his side at risk of falling further behind their rivals, with the north Londoners seven points behind Chelsea in fifth place.
The Saturday defeat to Chelsea ended Spurs’ unbeaten run but, of their 13 league games this season, they have only won six.
“Looking at the teams fighting for the title, I see progress in all of them. Apart from one,” Shearer wrote in his column for The Sun.
“Chelsea in particular have improved, but Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal also look stronger than last season. Not so Tottenham, however.”
Under new boss Antonio Conte, Chelsea spent over £100 million last summer to buy David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi – among others; whereas, Tottenham, who favoured a more laid back approach, spent less than £70million.
“He [Pochettino] spent nearly £70million on Victor Wanyama, Vincent Janssen, Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou. None of them have improved Spurs,” Shearer continued.
Sissoko, who has received heavy criticism from his own manager, has yet to pay back any of his £30 million transfer fee. The Frenchman has contributed no goals or assists from his 1o appearances in all competitions.
Janssen, meanwhile, has struggled to adjust to life in the Premier League, and has scored just three goals from 20 appearances in all competitions.
Wanyama has perhaps been the best of the bunch, while N’Koudou has yet to be given a real opportunity to impress.
Mauricio Pochettino also came under heavy fire in Shearer’s column for his decision to rest key players for their must-win Champions League group-stage game with Monaco on November 22.
As a result, Spurs were eliminated from the competition, despite working so hard the season before to qualify.
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