Redknapp: This PL team have become a watered down version of Tottenham
By Alex Stevens
Jamie Redknapp has slammed Stoke as a watered-down version of Tottenham after their latest humiliation against the Londoners.
Spurs blew Stoke away with a sensational first-half display en route to a 4-0 Premier League triumph at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
A Harry Kane hat-trick and Dele Alli strike put Spurs in total control by the break and ex-Tottenham midfielder Redknapp was unimpressed with the visitors as he compared them unfavourably to the Tony Pulis teams.
Incredibly, it was the third consecutive match in which Tottenham had beaten Stoke 4-0, following their league wins of the same scoreline in September at the Britannia Stadium and last season.
“Under Tony Pulis, Stoke were a team that died for the cause,” wrote Redknapp in his weekly Mail column. “Against Tottenham their centre backs Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi turned their backs for each of Harry Kane’s three goals.
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“It says a great deal about Stoke’s mentality when players like Shawcross are not willing to put their bodies on the line.
“Stoke used to be a horrible team with grit and edge and their fans bought into the style of play. Now they are just a nice team. We used to talk of ‘tippy-tappy Tottenham’ but the same now applies to Mark Hughes’s side.
“The manager knows that serious work needs to be done at the end of the season. Stoke are caught in a crisis of identity.”
Spurs’ weekend win lifted them back to second in the Premier League table as they continue their push for a top-four finish.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men remain 10 points adrift of runaway leaders Chelsea but have got their campaign back on track following their Europa League humiliation last Thursday.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.