By Harvey Byrne
Evening Standard columnist Tony Evans has identified several flaws in the current Tottenham team, which is likely to finish the 2017-18 campaign in second place.
The north London club put the pressure on league leaders Chelsea in the second half of the season, but a defeat for Spurs on Friday alongside a win for the Blues on Monday has resulted in Antonio Conte’s men taking a seven point lead with three matches left.
Tottenham are often hailed for their team made up of young progressive players and many believe the club has a good future ahead.
But, Evans believes there are still flaws in the team and has highlighted a lack of “lightning pace,” support for star duo Harry Kane and Dell Alli, a lack of “know how” and a need to be smarter in the next transfer window as several issues still remaining at the club.
“[Mauricio] Pochettino’s team still have flaws. They lack the lightning pace that most of their top-six rivals can conjure up when they are at their best,” wrote Evans in his column for the London Evening Standard.
“They need a support striker for Harry Kane and another dynamic midfielder to complement Dele Alli.
“Their composure under pressure has significantly improved over the campaign, but this young side still lack a little knowhow in the dark arts of disrupting the flow of games.
“The club will have to be cleverer in the transfer market than they were last summer.”
Manager Pochettino brought in four senior players last summer, which included duo Vincent Janssen and Moussa Sissoko for a combined £47million.
Many believe the aforementioned duo to have flopped in their debut season at the club and some have put the blame of them not winning their first Premier League title down to the pair not contributing when given their chance in the first team.
But, the future does still look bright for the north London club under Pochettino and after a third and second placed finish they will be hoping next season can be the one they claim a league title in.
In other Tottenham news, Jermain Defoe has told a Spurs training story involving himself and troublemaker Leon Knight.