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The problems facing Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham this summer

Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose want out, Dele Alli has lost his way and fringe players need replacing… the problems facing Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham this summer

  • Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are facing a number of issues this summer
  • Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose have both made it clear they want to leave
  • Dele Alli’s form has stuttered and the squad is in desperate need of an overhaul
  • Sportsmail looks at some of the issues facing the club ahead of a crucial summer

Less than two weeks after playing in their first Champions League final the problems are already starting to mount up for Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham.

To compound that defeat to Liverpool in Madrid, Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose both want to leave this summer, Dele Alli’s form has stagnated and the squad is in desperate need of investment.

As Spurs look to capitalise on their memorable European run and prepare for the first full season in their new £1billion stadium, Sportsmail looks at some of the issues facing Pochettino this summer.

The problems are starting to mount up for Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham this summer

Star names leaving

There always seems to be players linked with a move away from the club. Whether it be Toby Alderweireld or Rose and Eriksen, the futures of the club’s big names are always in doubt.

Rose sparked a potential bidding war for his services on Sunday when he admitted he could leave this summer while on international duty. Manchester United and Manchester City are both looking at him now he has rediscovered his best form.

While Rose’s exit would be a blow, losing Eriksen to Real Madrid could be catastrophic. The Dane revealed last week how he is ready for a new challenge and Real are said to be keen while PSG are also interested.

Spurs have been linked with several midfielders as potential replacements but it would be tough to find an adequate replacement for their creative gem. 

Danny Rose (L) and Christian Eriksen (R) are two key players who could depart this summer

Alli’s troubling form

In the absence of Harry Kane towards the end of the season it was noticeable how short of goals Spurs are in central midfield. 

Eriksen, Alli, Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko scored four goals between them from April 9 – the date Kane got injured against Manchester City.

Alli contributed zero goals and three assists in that period and has struggled for form for a while now. The England international was withdrawn on 82 minutes in the Champions League final after offering very little again. 

The 23-year-old has not scored in the Premier League since January 20 and must quickly rediscover the form that led Pochettino to describe him as ‘the best young player in the world’ over a year ago. 

Dele Alli has not scored in the Premier League since January and must rediscover his best form

Dele Alli has not scored in the Premier League since January and must rediscover his best form

Squad depth 

In order to sustain a Premier League title challenge Spurs need to invest heavily in their squad depth.

Their starting 11 is as good as almost anyone else in the division but they are desperately lacking in quality beyond that.

With Harry Kane injured for the final game of the domestic season, Pochettino could call on substitutes Vincent Janssen, Kieran Trippier, Victor Wanyama, Serge Aurier, George Marsh and Oliver Skipp to change the game against Everton.

When you consider Manchester City had Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus waiting in the wings at Brighton, it is easy to see why Spurs finished 27 points behind the champions. 

Their starting 11 is as good as almost anyone else in England but they are lacking quality depth

Their starting 11 is as good as almost anyone else in England but they are lacking quality depth

Back-up for Kane

The area in which they lack depth massively and, most importantly, is up front. Kane missed 17 games through injury last season and while Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura did their best to fill the void they needed support.

It is tough to find a striker that will be happy to sit on the bench for 90 per cent of the time when Kane is available but Spurs need to buy an adequate back-up for their talisman.

Fernando Llorente’s contract is up at the end of the month and they can no longer rely on either Moura or Son to carry the burden of Kane’s absences.

If they want to compete with City and Liverpool, Spurs need another striker that can contribute 10 goals a season.

Spurs need to buy an adequate back-up for Harry Kane, who has suffered major injury woes

Spurs need to buy an adequate back-up for Harry Kane, who has suffered major injury woes

Raised expectations

One of the key aspects that has made Pochettino such a success at Spurs is his ability to get sensational results from minimal resources.

However, after reaching the Champions League final, Spurs now risk losing their underdog status and with success comes an appetite for further glory.

If Pochettino can make some landmark signings this summer, and hold onto his key men, fans may expect them to challenge for the title in their stunning new stadium.

With increased hope comes greater pressure though and Pochettino will need to up his game to make sure his team’s performances on the pitch align with what is expected from them in the stands.    

Spurs' run to the Champions League final could raise expectations among the fan base

Spurs’ run to the Champions League final could raise expectations among the fan base

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