Newcastle and England legend Alan Shearer has heavily criticised the decision making and summer investment at Tottenham after they suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season to leaders and London rivals, Chelsea.
In a game which was far less hostile than last term’s ‘Battle of the Bridge’ Conte’s side retained their point lead at the top of the table at the expense of Mauricio Pochettino and his Spurs side who, until the weekend, were the only undefeated side left in the league.
Writing for The Sun, Match of the Day pundit Shearer said:
“Looking at the teams fighting for the title, I see progress in all of them. Apart from one.
“Chelsea in particular have improved, but Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal also look stronger than last season.
“Not so Tottenham, however.”
Spurs came so close to landing the Premier League title last season, however, it was the aforementioned battle which handed rivals Leicester the historic victory.
The White Hart Lane faithful also had to come to terms with their Champions League exit last Tuesday, having lost a must win game against Group rivals, Monaco.
Voicing his concern over Pochettino’s decision making regarding their European adventures, the former Blackburn and Southampton striker, once again, did not hold back:
“It has been a sorry week for them, leaving serious question marks over the ability of this team and, indeed, some of the decisions by the manager,” he wrote.
“On Tuesday, Mauricio Pochettino had a must-win game away to Monaco and chose to rest two defenders.
“You simply do not weaken your side when faced with a game you have to win to stand a chance of progressing in the Champions League.”
The former England international was also equally disparaging of their summer spending, which falls behind title rivals Chelsea;
there appeared to be some blame being passed chairman Daniel Levy’s way.
“He had not backed his manager enough in the transfer market, apparently, which is why the squad wasn’t coping.
“Hang on, he spent nearly £70million on Victor Wanyama, Vincent Janssen, Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.
“None of them have improved Spurs.”
It is clear, then, that Shearer feels should the North London side want to remain in the mix throughout the season their summer additions must step up to the plate, and quickly.