By Amir Mir
Alan Pardew has provided a scathing assessment of Tottenham’s midfield by claiming that they lack character and leadership.
The former Crystal Palace manager believes Spurs need “real strength” in the middle of the park if they are to win the Premier League title.
The likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Moussa Dembele and Victor Wanyma have played in midfield this season, with the last two players playing more defensive roles.
Fans will be baffled by Pardew’s comments because they would consider the midfield as their strongest area in the squad added with the fact that they have two powerhouses in Dembele and Wanyama operating in front of the back four.
Speaking on Goals on Sunday, which aired on Sky Sports 1, Pardew explained what type of players Spurs need in midfield.
“I think for them to win the league they need a character in central midfield,” Pardew told Sky Sports. “I think they are missing a real boss in there if I am honest.
“You look at the teams that win the leagues there is usually somebody of that ilk in there. Kante at Chelsea is an example.
“I think that is a personality type, sometimes when Spurs lose it’s kind of lacking a real strength of leadership in that central area. Dembele has been brilliant in there and Wanyama brilliant in there.”
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have conceded the least amount of goals in the Premier League this season (22), with leaders Chelsea conceding 27.
Wanyama and Dembele have played a big part in providing that strength and character which has seen them claim big wins over the course of the season.
Their 2-0 win against Chelsea in January at White Hart Lane is a prime example of that, with Wanyama arguably being the best player on the pitch during that match.
Nonetheless, Pochettino, who has also played the likes of Eric Dier and Harry Winks in midfield, will turn his attention to a crucial league match against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
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