Hoddle says squad synergy ruined by four or five at Tottenham

Date published: Wednesday 23rd October 2019 11:10

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Glenn Hoddle says Tottenham’s “synergy” has been ruined by “four or five” players who know they are leaving the club in the summer.

Former Spurs legend Hoddle, speaking on BT Sport, said that having a few players in your squad that are not fully committed to the cause ca be hugely detrimental, as Spurs’ results this season have shown.

“I think there’s four or five players that know, next season, they’re not going to be here,” Hoddle said.

“If there’s a 50-50 there, you’re thinking about your future, you know ‘where will I be? If this club don’t want me…’.

“The synergy of the club is completely different at the moment than it was for the last few years, on and off the pitch, it really is.

“I think these guys here, the owners, want to be in the top four every season in this beautiful stadium. The players and the manager now want to win silverware.

“I’ve said it before, the synergy isn’t right.”

Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are all out of contract next summer, while Danny Rose and Serge Aurier were heavily linked with moves away from Spurs in the summer.

Former England star Hoddle says the intensity has disappeared from Spurs’ play and he says that was blatantly evident in the 7-2 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich earlier this month.

“Here at home Tottenham always used to go, for the first 45 minutes, they went hell for leather, it was press, press, press,” he added.

“They didn’t do it at Wembley, they haven’t done it in this new stadium, they haven’t done it away from home.

“The intensity, they used to stay at it. As soon as it came down (vs Bayern Munich), the spaces that opened up, the diamond just wasn’t working, the space they have to the full-backs.”

 

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