Only two Premier League teams have given up more points from winning positions than Tottenham this season — Spurs simply must be more resolute.
That is according to former White Hart Lane midfielder Michael Brown, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge about Jose Mourinho’s side’s worrying penchant for surrendering leads.
For a moment, it looked like Spurs might drop yet more points on Saturday when David McGoldrick’s goal gave Sheffield United hope with half an hour remaining.
Ultimately, Spurs extended their lead and won 3-1 but it was emblematic of a wider problem for the North London side in the Premier League this season.
In Wednesday’s draw with Fulham, Harry Kane had put Spurs in front only for them to be pegged back again and the two dropped points add to a worrying statistic, says Michael Brown.
He told Football Insider: “There were missed chances but you would still say that Spurs could have gone and won convincingly. You’ve got to give full credit to Fulham, they did really well, they seem a lot tighter, a lot more organised.
“But that’s Spurs. I think they’re the third-worst team for dropping points in winning positions behind Sheffield United and Brighton.
“That tells you that in winning positions they’re not seeing things out. We’ve seen it in the 3-3 against West Ham, we’ve seen it against Wolves, we’ve seen it against Crystal Palace, now Fulham. That tells you all you need to know.
“The building blocks are good, they’re just not seeing out their leads.”
Data compiled by Planet Football shows that Spurs are indeed level with Southampton as the third-worst team in this metric having dropped 10 points from winning positions — 2pts v Newcastle, 2pts v West Ham, 2pts v Crystal Palace, 2pts v Wolves, 2pts v Fulham.
Brighton have dropped 12 and Sheffield United 11, while at the other end of the scale, Aston Villa and Leicester are yet to drop any points having gone ahead.