By Harvey Byrne
Phil Neville hailed Mauricio Pochettino as “brilliant” but claimed that Tottenham are missing a “special” player who has the ability to create something out of nothing.
The north London outfit fell to a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon against Manchester United.
Attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first half goal proved to be the decisive strike of the match which saw Spurs struggle to create any notable opportunities.
The defeat has left Totteham outside of the top four with seven wins, six draws and two losses from their first 15 matches.
They have the joint most draws in the league alongside Manchester United and Middlesbrough with all three struggling to kill games off in the early stages.
Now, Match of the Day pundit Neville believes that the club are missing a high class attacker, such as Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Dimitri Payet of West Ham.
“My one concern about Spurs, particularly when they play the big games,” started Neville speaking on Sunday’s Match of the Day 2. “Is have they got that player? That special player who can beat a man one vs one, that can win a game on his own. A Coutinho, a Payet. Somebody like that with the individual talent. That’s my main worry for Spurs. They’ve got a good set of players, a brilliant coach, but they lack that special player.”
Alongside Tottenham’s draw column they also have the lowest goals for tally from the Premier League’s top five teams.
They seriously missed Harry Kane earlier in the campaign after he spent five weeks on the sidelines with injury.
However, manager Mauricio Pochettino did bring three attacking players in during the summer, including Moussa Sissoko in a mega £30million deal from Newcastle.
The Argentine boss may now be looking for more proven players in January, rather than scouring the globe for up and coming potential stars.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs are eyeing a loan-to-buy deal for this midfielder.