By Laura O'Leary

3rd Dec, 2017 | 5:49pm

Le Tissier: Certain players 'below par' but this is the real Tottenham problem

Matt Le Tissier believes that Tottenham’s problems are down to missing key players and not due to certain players underperforming.

While covering the game for Sky Sports, the pundit admitted that Dele Alli and Harry Kane didn’t play to the level they were capable of but remained adamant that wasn’t causing Spurs’ disappointing results.

“I think Spurs’ problems are more about missing key players that are injured for me,” said Tissier.

Tottenham are currently without regular starters Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld due to injury.

Alderweireld has been out since early November, having picked up a hamstring in Spurs’ 3-1 victory against Real Madrid.

The defender has already missed five Premier League games due to his injury, and Spurs have only won one of those games without him.

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Alderweireld is reportedly at risk of being ruled out until March, as he suffered a serious muscle tear, which makes his chance of suffering a set-back if he returns too soon greater than normal.

Ahead of suffering his injury, the defender had played 15 times for Tottenham across all competitions.

Spurs have been without Wanyama much longer with the midfielder’s last league game being back in August against Chelsea.

Mauricio Pochettino has already expressed concern over Wanyama’s recovery as the midfielder had to see a specialist over his injury.

The midfielder is set to return soon as the player started stepping up his recovery and was training by himself last month.

Tottenham are next in action on Wednesday against Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League.

In other Tottenham news, Spurs player ratings for the draw with Watford sees this mainstay get a 3/10 and a senior duo pick up 5/10.

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