Danny Murphy: This is the risk Tottenham are taking during glut of fixtures
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham are risking being “disjointed” during their hectic fixture schedule, according to Danny Murphy.
The former Spurs and Liverpool midfielder believes the north Londoners may lose their fluency due to the rotation of players.
Tottenham are likely to tweak their team against Bournemouth on Saturday in what is the third of seven matches over a 23-day period.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side drew 0-0 at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night after requiring a late Dele Alli equaliser to draw 1-1 against West Brom last Saturday.
“Where Spurs might run into problems is with rotation,” wrote Murphy in the Evening Standard. “When you have so many important matches, you’ll have to change more players.
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“That makes it harder for players to develop relationships on the pitch and it can look a bit disjointed at times.
“Luckily for Spurs, they have a solid way of playing that most of their players understand. But make no mistake: this is a period that will test them.”
Tottenham remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season and are third in the table with 18 points, a point off second-placed Arsenal and leaders Manchester City.
By contrast, Bournemouth are 11th with 11 points from eight games, having recorded three wins, two draws and three losses during this campaign.
In other Tottenham team news, Arsenal supporters on Twitter have asked Jack Wilshere to beat Spurs on Saturday with Bournemouth.