Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham central defenders are not good enough and don’t have the ability to concentrate for 90 minutes.
That’s according to former Leeds United man Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Spurs dropped more points from a winning position in the Premier League.
Spurs lost to 3-1 Manchester United on Sunday even though they took the lead through Son-Heung Min in the first half which means they’ve dropped 18 points from winning positions this season. [ESPN]
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Joe Rodon and Eric Dier were the selected central defenders in Sunday’s defeat, with Toby Alderweireld benched and Davinson Sanchez omitted from the squad.
Only Brighton (20) have dropped more Premier League points than Spurs this year after Sunday’s disappointing result.
Whelan insists this stat is remarkably ‘un-Mourinho’ and blamed Tottenham’s central defenders for their failure to concentrate for a full game.
“It’s so un-Mourinho,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“But you have to look at the players and their quality, have they got a good enough defence?
“Are the players concentrating enough? Obviously not. You work hard to take the lead and you can’t back off, there’s a real issue.
“Mourinho prides himself on his defence and the way he sets up, winning games 1-0.
“It doesn’t seem to be happening at the minute, so whether it’s a lack of concentration from the players or just not enough quality in other areas.
“It seems to be in the centre of defence where they’re having issues, they haven’t got good enough players there and they can’t concentrate for 90 minutes.”
The loss to Manchester United was a severe blow to Tottenham’s hopes of finishing in the top four as they sit seventh and six points off fourth place.
Next up for Spurs is a trip to fellow top four hopefuls Everton as both clubs look to salvage their ailing seasons.