The numbers don’t lie. Tottenham’s recent results and performances are dreadful. This isn’t a knee jerk response to a couple of bad games, Spurs have been inconsistent bordering on poor for the best part of a year. Last season’s Champions League run masked what was a particularly uninspiring back end, and that same level of performance has unfortunately continued into the 2019-20 campaign. Spurs have now lost a total of 17 games in all competitions during 2019. This is more than any other Premier League side. Mauricio Pochettino is now one of the favourites in the top flight sack race with online sports betting firms, and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will certainly be considering his options.
Defeats are part and parcel of football. The manner of Spurs’ recent results are not something which can be taken lying down however. Ten goals shipped in two games tells its own story. While Tottenham were always going to be the underdogs in last week’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, there is no way they should be shipping seven goals on home soil against anyone. I expected a reaction at Brighton following that 7-2 reverse, but more of the same was to come. The worst possible start saw Neal Maupay give the Seagulls the lead after just four minutes, with Spurs looking like a side in complete disarray. Things took a turn for the worse before half time, as Aaron Connolly doubled Brighton’s lead in what was his very first Premier League start. The young Irishman added to his tally in the second half and sealed Graham Potter’s first home victory as Brighton boss.
It would appear that Hugo Lloris is going to be out for some time following his horror injury at the Amex. While I would not wish injury on any player, his absence could well be a blessing in disguise. Lloris is one of the most error prone goalkeepers in the division, and the Frenchman as our club captain just no longer works. Lloris sets the tone, and when he is constantly gifting goals to oppositions sides, what chance do we have? Pochettino now has some time to regroup prior to the crunch clash with Watford on October 19th. That game is a must win for the beleaguered Tottenham manager. Anything less than three points against the Premier League’s bottom side, and it is hard to see the Argentinian holding on to his job. Firms such as Betolimp SA have Spurs priced up as strong favourites to win against Watford, but as things stand currently, having a bet on the home side with any confidence is nigh on impossible!