Alan Hutton has suggested there is a dressing room divide growing between Jose Mourinho and some of his Tottenham players.
The former Spurs and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted there is not a good atmosphere around the north London club after a “shocking” run of form.
Spurs have won just once in their last six Premier League games, while they were also knocked out of the FA Cup by Everton.
The Lilywhites’ dip in form has seen Mourinho turn to Dele Alli and Gareth Bale in recent weeks, both of whom have been used sparingly throughout the season.
Hutton admitted he thinks there is a split in the Tottenham dressing room and insisted the Portuguese boss needs to get some of his players back on side.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “It seems to be a bit of him versus the players, it doesn’t seem like a good atmosphere. You look at people like Danny Rose who has been frozen out, Bale doesn’t look very happy, Alli being frozen out – it’s not ideal.
“I can imagine, as a player, it being a tough situation and you’re playing that defensively, you’re taking all the attributes of the attacking players away because you’re asking them to defend. I can see why there’s frustration.
“He wasn’t playing Bale, he wasn’t playing Alli but now that he needs them, they’re playing.
“He’s obviously realised he needs to get these guys firing and and hopefully he can do that because their run of form at the moment has been shocking.”