Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has suggested that the struggles Tottenham Hotspur are enduring at the present time is purely down to ego.
To say it has not been a good beginning to the campaign for Spurs would be something of an understatement, but the last week or so has been horrendous for Mauricio Pochettino and his men.
It hadn’t been the most encouraging start to a season to follow up making the Champions League final last term anyway, but a 7-2 loss against Bayern Munich and a 3-0 humbling at the hands of lowly Brighton and Hove Albion have sent alarm bells ringing, and provided all kinds of negative headlines for Tottenham.
There are no shortage of rumours and reports highlighting what could be behind Spurs’ slack opening to their campaign, and former England forward Fowler is the latest to offer his opinion.
“It is clearer than ever Tottenham are in a real mess. They’re just not the same team, there isn’t the same togetherness as last season.” He wrote in his Daily Mirror column.
“The body language is different – from the manager right through to some of their most senior and important players – and that can’t be right.
“Inevitably, we’ve heard so many rumours about problems and bust-ups, about players not wanting to play, even about the manager giving up.
“I don’t believe that because I think to get to the level Pochettino has achieved you need a drive and an ego that means you never chuck it in, whether you want to leave or not.
“For me, though, it IS about ego. It’s a fundamental problem that’s long been coming. I’ve seen it so many times in football, and it’s always based around ego.
“You get players –you get teams – who when they start winning, start to believe all the BS that pours out – and some of the people involved start to get a bit greedy.”
Whether it is something as strong as egos running away with people, or as simple as some big players simply out of form, the international break has given Tottenham a period of time to reassess and go again, something they will need to make full use of.
Spurs fans will hope Pochettino and the coaching staff can turn things around after the international break, with a home game against Watford next up for the North London side.