Alex McLeish has tipped several Tottenham stars to leave this summer after Ryan Mason hinted at a big rebuild.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the Lilywhites appeared to have gone backwards since beating Manchester City in the Champions League in 2019.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Sunday’s League Cup final defeat to City, interim boss Mason admitted Spurs were “four or five” years behind Pep Guardiola’s side.
🗣 "City are four or five years ahead of us… It's a process."
🗣 "We're disappointed. It hurts me and it hurts the players."
Ryan Mason reflects on today's loss to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.pic.twitter.com/Q8YgFMstzO
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Tottenham have not won a trophy since the 2008 League Cup.
They currently sit seventh in the Premier League, 24 points off table-toppers City.
McLeish admitted Spurs had fallen further behind their top-flight rivals in recent years.
As such, he suggested several exits would be on the cards to kick off a rebuild this summer.
McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “They beat Man City in the Champions League the season they went nearly all the way.
“I suppose nearly all the way is the story of their life. They really looked a right good side at that time.
“I get what he’s talking about in terms of the Man City passing rhythms and their different connections.
“Their triangles with Foden, the top players in the team, the geniuses, were all over the place. They do look head and shoulders above Spurs.
“If it’s going to take another rebuild at Spurs then there are a few players that probably need to be changed over.”