Paul Robinson is baffled by Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham team selection ahead of Thursday night’s clash against Chelsea.
The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said there has been “no rhyme or reason” to the 58-year-old’s choice of personnel against Liverpool and Brighton, particularly from a defensive viewpoint.
Last Sunday, Eric Dier and Serge Aurier were dropped from the eleven that lost 3-1 against Liverpool in midweek but the decision did not pay dividends with Spurs beaten 1-0 at Brighton.
Moussa Sissoko started at right wing-back against the Seagulls, a surprise given summer signing Matt Doherty was named on the bench.
Robinson also questioned the decision to drop Belgium international Toby Alderweireld for Premier League fixtures against Fulham, Sheffield United and Liverpool last month.
“Mourinho played three centre-halves against Liverpool and left Alderweireld on the bench and then he leaves Dier on the bench and plays Alderweireld,” he told Football Insider.
“There is no rhyme or reason right now, I cannot fathom his team selection going into the Chelsea game.
“Sissoko playing at right wing-back instead of Doherty, a player he signed in the summer and who did fantastically in the first half of the season – I cannot understand that one either.
“How is Sissoko a better wing-back than Doherty? He was brought in specifically to play that role.
“I do not know why he has gone with this team selection but they have certainly not performed in the last two games.
“The Brighton game was very worrying because they looked blunt. They did not create many chances and in my eyes, this is a team who should be challenging for the title this season with the squad they have got.”