Having scraped into the Europa League by the skin of their arse, is there any chance of Tottenham actually becoming properly good again? Maybe, if they build around these lads and bin off this lot.
There are just too many mistakes. It would be wrong to pretend there are no positive qualities to the Ivorian’s play but… there are just too many mistakes. It can’t work in a Jose Mourinho team and it certainly can’t work in this Tottenham team that so often makes scoring goals look such very, very hard work while conceding daft ones. If Aurier remains Tottenham’s first-choice right-back next season then something has gone badly awry.
It’s not working out, is it? There’s clearly a fearsomely talented footballer somewhere inside that ever-growing frame but it seems unlikely Mourinho is the man to find it, nor that English football is the place to do so. That’s a great shame; Tottenham don’t have the luxury of keeping such a valuable asset on the sidelines. Ndombele would still fetch a pretty penny – he positively screams PSG – which Tottenham can reinvest in players who can run and that the manager doesn’t feel the need to publicly scold every 45 minutes.
A YouTube highlights package could very easily make Lucas look like the best player in the world but he is not that. His style of play means he always catches the eye, which isn’t necessarily a good thing because for the most part it serves only to draw attention to the fact he’s disappeared down another blind alley or delayed another pass half-a-second too long. Is still the scorer of Tottenham’s two most recent hat-tricks, and thanks to Amsterdam he will always have a place in Tottenham folklore. But he scored more Premier League and Champions League goals in those two hat-trick performances last season than in the whole of this one. And this season has gone on for at least a hundred years which makes that even worse.
Has been far from the disaster his first season suggested but it’s time to move on. Sissoko is simply too limited a footballer to be playing central midfield in a team with Tottenham’s ambitions. His unlikely partnership with Harry Winks has sort of kind of worked on occasion, but it’s clearly not a combination that is going to lead Tottenham back to where they want to be.
He’s only on loan, but there’s a whole year left of it and truly what is the point? His three substitute appearances during Project Restart produced 22 minutes of football in total, and he didn’t even make the 20-man squad for the final game of the season against Palace.