Neil Ashton has compared the current Tottenham side with David O’Leary’s Leeds United team from the 2001/02 season, taking a dig at Spurs’ lack of trophies.
In his column for The Sun, Ashton believes that while Tottenham are young and popular, the club look they’ll end up with no trophies just like Leeds United ended up empty-handed in 2002, despite earning a lot of fans.
The Whites in the 2001/02 season reached the Champions League semi-final and finished fourth in the Premier League.
They then finished fifth in the league the following season, but debts began to rack up and they ended the 2002-03 season in 15th.
The Leeds United team was popular with fans and contained young talent such as Harry Kewell, Alan Smith and Rio Ferdinand among others.
Ashton makes the comparison that Spurs have gained a lot of plaudits over Mauricio Pochettino use of young talents such as Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Harry Kane.
Tottenham have failed to win any of their last three league games and have slipped to two defeats and only managed a draw against West Bromwich Albion.
The poor results have seen Spurs fall to seventh in the table, with the journalist saying it’s a sign that the team are heading the same way as Leeds did as they’re all “all fur coat and no knickers”.
Spurs were seen as genuine title contenders this season, after finishing runners-up to Chelsea last season, but they are 16 points off the current league leaders Manchester City.
Tottenham fans can take solace in the fact they’re top of their Champions League group, having achieved famous wins over Real Madrid and Borrusia Dortmund; however Ashton points to the fact Leeds reached the semi-finals and history shows they ended up winnig nothing.
Before finishing his comparison, the journalist wrote the blunt statement that Pochettino’s style is “good for PR but it will never take Tottenham to the very top.”
In other Tottenham news, Paul Merson reveals Pochettino’s biggest mistake this season.