Alan Shearer delivers verdict on Tottenham squad depth, compares to PL rivals
By Matt Farr
BBC pundit Alan Shearer believes Tottenham have the basis of a ‘very good team’, unlike their Premier League rivals Manchester City.
In his column for the Sun, Shearer criticised Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for not knowing his best system or his best line up with one month left to go in the season, using rivals Tottenham as the prime example.
Shearer hailed the work Mauricio Pochettino has done at Tottenham since his arrival in 2014, branding his side as a ‘settled, young, fresh and energetic team’, whilst suggesting Man City needed five or six new players.
He added that Pochettino had some of the best players in the Premier League at his disposal, but drew particular attention to their squad depth, insisting that Tottenham know exactly what they are and who they are, and who can come in if a player in the first team is injured.
He wrote: “Even if a Tottenham player was injured, you know who is going to come in. If full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose are out, Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies replace them.
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“If they are missing a midfielder, Eric Dier can go in there and sit. People said they would struggle without Harry Kane. But in the nine league matches he has not started this season, they have won six and drawn three.
“They have a solid and settled back line and there is a really good balance to their team. So it does all look very positive for Tottenham. They have got the basis of a very good team.”
He did though, highlight one particular area for Tottenham to strengthen in the transfer market this summer.
In Kane’s recent injury absence, Vincent Janssen has been tasked with leading the line, but he has still yet to break free from his goal drought, missing a golden opportunity against Watford at the weekend.
Shearer does not think that Janssen is capable of filling in for Kane on a regular basis, stating the club wasted their money on the 22-year-old last summer.
Instead, he urged Pochettino to buy a new striker, one that can either play alongside Kane in the starting eleven or act as cover when he is out.
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