Jose Mourinho’s decision to make widespread changes to the Tottenham starting XI will have players “ringing their agents.”
That is according to ex-Premier League forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Spurs boss made seven alterations for the 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.
Dele Alli, Erik Lamela, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Ben Davies and Serge Aurier all missed out as Spurs moved to within three points of the top-four.
That victory followed a 3-0 Europa League humiliation against Dinamo Zagreb and a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the North London derby.
The fallout from the double-blow has left the 58-year-old fighting for his job, according to The Telegraph.
Whelan warned that ringing the changes was likely to deepen divisions in the squad and force chairman Daniel Levy to choose between manager and players.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “There’s a risk of disharmony. We know what he’s like. He’s not an arm-around-the-shoulder manager.
“Look, he’s not gonna bow down to players. He’s far too stubborn and believes in his own ability. He’s never going to be one you can walk over as a player, no matter how big you are.
“You know that when you’re taking him on that he’s going to be harsh with players. Players need to understand that’s the way it’s going to be and nothing’s going to change.
“Yes, theses days it’s difficult because they’re sensitive. They are ringing their agents to get a move if they are unhappy and that’s what will be happening at Spurs. If they aren’t comfortable at a football club or they don’t like the manager, they aren’t going to play for him. It’s as simple as that.
“Then you’re left with a decision as a chairman. Is it the players or the manager that stays?”
Tottenham’s first match after the international break is against Newcastle at St. James’ Park.
They then face a tough three-match run against Man United, Everton and Man City.