Alan Hutton has pointed the finger of blame towards the Tottenham players after the club’s shock League Cup defeat to Colchester United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Scotland full-back says that the Lilywhites do not look like the same fearsome side they have done in the past and that they have lost their identity as a team managed by Mauricio Pochettino.
The north Londoners tumbled out of the cup on penalties to the League Two outfit after a 0-0 draw, Pochettino naming a starting XI with no less than eight first-team players.
Hutton says that Spurs do not look like the same side that he has played against in the past and that the high-pressure game associated with Pochettino has been missing in recent weeks.
Hutton told Football Insider: The manager’s made changes but at the end of the day, most of them are first-team players, there are only a few kids. In that respect, it comes down to the players’ mentality.
“You have to go out thinking it’s going to be a tough game and I think Tottenham are off it. They’re not at the way they were past seasons – aggressive, closing people down.
“I remember playing against them a few years ago and you couldn’t get a breath. Every time you looked up there was a player in front of you. That’s what Pochettino’s teams were; Hard working, just did everything they could to stop you from playing.
“They’ve lost that, they’ve lost it.”
Spurs have endured a difficult fortnight across all competitions, letting a 2-0 slip to draw 2-2 with Olympiacos in the Champions League, seeing Leicester City come back from behind to win 2-1 and then suffering their cup shock against Colchester.
Their next outing sees them take on Southampton at home in the Premier League, the Saints coming off the back of a 4-0 derby day win over Portsmouth in the League Cup.
In other Tottenham news, Hutton has blasted one Spurs ace who was “miles behind” his teammates in the Colchester defeat.