Danny Higginbotham believes that Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen are struggling this season for Tottenham for two reasons out of their control.
In his column for The Sun, the 38-year-old analysed the pair’s performances in several games this season and found two common themes.
The first is that Spurs’ opposition “are now showing a lot more respect by limiting their space to dictate matches”..
He claims the duo no longer have the space to perform to their full potential, and that rival teams are prepared for the tricks that were working last year.
The Danish playmaker isn’t able to “pick his passes” nor or Alli able to “weave his magic” because of defenders closing them down quicker.
The second reason the 38-year-old believes is that Mauricio Pochettino has Tottenham playing a different style in certain games and it doesn’t favour the pair.
Higginbotham believes the pair both benefited from Spurs playing on the counter-attack, but Tottenham now find that other teams “sit back” and let them “have more of the ball.”
He points to the fact that Tottenham have won games where they’ve had less possession, for example the Real Madrid game, but lost games where they’ve had the majority of play, like the loss to Chelsea, to prove his point.
Higginbotham believes it’s a tough problem to fix and that Spurs might have to start letting their opponents have more of the ball and play a game of “cat and mouse” in order for their talented pair to shine again.
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