By Wayne Veysey
Mauricio Pochettino wants a mass overhaul of the Tottenham squad including a cull of five big-name players, Football Insider can reveal.
The Spurs manager spoke darkly of “different agendas in the squad” in the aftermath of last night’s calamitous League Cup exit at the hands of League Two side Colchester United.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Pochettino believes a cabal of senior players are at the heart of the discord that has led to a downturn in performances and left morale at a low ebb.
The manager wants chairman Daniel Levy to offload contract rebels Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld and three other senior stars, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama.
Pochettino wanted Alderweireld, Eriksen, Rose and Wanyama sold in the summer but Levy could not agree fees the former trio, while the latter snubbed a late-window move to Club Brugges after a bid had been accepted.
The Argentine also believes longstanding centre-back Vertonghen should also go, amid clear signs he is not the force he once was.
Eriksen, Alderweireld and Vertonghen are all out of contract at the end of the season, and can sign pre-contract agreements in January with overseas clubs.
Pochettino would be satisfied with the three superstars leaving in the winter window if Tottenham could secure top quality replacements, which is unlikely at the mid point of the season.
Rose and Wanyama have deals that run a year longer until the summer of 2021, but both would have been sold in the summer had Pochettino had his way.
Tottenham reached the Champions League final in June but that glossed over a mediocre run of four wins in 17 games in all competitions.
They are 10 points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool after six matches this season, already out of the League Cup and drew their opening Champions League clash 2-2 after letting slip a 2-0 lead.