McAvennie warns Tottenham of 'problem' that could 'cripple their season'
Frank McAvennie claims Tottenham may have derailed their season after being hammered by Crystal Palace at the weekend.
The former West Ham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to last weekend’s surprise result.
A late Wilfried Zaha penalty and a brace from debutant Odsonne Edouard condemned Spurs to a 3-0 defeat, their first of the season.
To make matters worse, Japhet Tanganga was sent off in the second half and Eric Dier went off injured with barely 10 minutes played.
Spurs were also missing summer signing Cristian Romero as the fallout from last week’s clash between Argentina and Brazil continues.
McAvennie insists the defence must bounce back immediately or risk the club’s early season form disappearing completely.
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“They needed it [summer signings],” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“That defence was the most concerning thing at Tottenham and for the most part this season it has held.
“Nuno clearly wasn’t happy with his options, that’s why he went out and got these new guys.
“The problem will be that first hammering, how do they bounce back from that?
“You have to respond and if they don’t it could cripple their season, all good teams are built on a strong defence.
“You see teams start the season well but then one result brings them back down to earth.
“It’s still not a defence that will win the league but Nuno saw the problem and made it better.”
Tottenham are next in action against Rennes on Thursday night.
This will be the club’s first group game in the newly established UEFA Conference League.