Tottenham’s recent loss to Man City puts them 9th on the table with 36 points in 23 matches. The aspirations of the top 4 seem bleak Spurs have lost 4 of their last 5 premier league games. Jose’s men are also out of the F.A. Cup as Everton edge past Tottenham in a thrilling 5-4 clash at Goodison Park last week.
Some fans are questioning the team’s ability to put a shift in for the manager. With key players in their prime, fans expect a better performance from the team.
Lets take a look at 5 reasons why Mourinho will be sacked by Tottenham this year!!
1) No European Football
Spurs fans in recent years have come to expect the manager to achieve the top 4 regardless of circumstances. The legacy built by Mauricio Pochettino of the regular champions league on a tight budget is something Mourinho must do now. Since Mourinho’s arrival, he has failed to achieve the target of a spot in the Champions League. Tottenham finished 6th last year and with their current form, looks unlikely that they will be able to squeeze into the top 4 this year.
Spurs as a club rely heavily on European football to fill their coffers and be able to attract exciting prospects. With 2 years of No European football, Spurs will struggle to retain its star players who are at peak of their careers. To make matters even worse high-flying West Ham and Everton are pushing for the European football spot this season.
2) Alienation of Alli
From Mourinho’s perspective, Dele Alli doesn’t fit the system in which he is supposed to track back and put a shift in defense. Whereas, under Pochettino’s guidance Alli broke into the first team and displayed flashes of brilliance. Perhaps Dele Alli requires a manager who is gentle towards nurturing younger players, something which Mourinho isn’t. Mourinho in his interviews has always criticized Alli’s work ethic. He has gone to the extent of calling him a “lazy trainer” in public. Judging from past ventures, Jose does tend to freeze out players who he doesn’t deem fit for his system.
Dele Alli has been deemed surplus to requirements at the White Hart Lane. He has made only 5 appearances in the league. His potential loan move to PSG was rejected in the January transfer window as he is set to remain on the fringes for the remainder of the season. The club would also struggle to sell him in the summer due to massive wages and lack of playing time at Spurs.
3) Park the Bus tactics
Jose Mourinho in his previous clubs has been criticized for playing defensive-longball football which is not pleasing to the eye. The enthusiasm of hiring a proven winner in Mourinho is fading with displeasure towards the brand of football on display at the White Hart Lane. Most of the Spur’s fans expected Mourinho to challenge for the F.A.Cup this season.
Tottenham hasn’t been prolific in front of the goal nor been sturdy at the back this season. They have scored 36 and conceded 25 goals in 23 matches this season. They are currently enjoying the goal difference of 11, which is the 7th best in the league.
4) Son’s contract
Heung-min Son has been indispensable to Spurs since he arrived from Bayern Leverkusen in 2015. He signed a long-term deal in 2018 during Poch’s tenure which runs until the summer of 2023. Son has currently made 183 appearances and netted 66 times during the past 5 years at Spurs.
With 2 years left on Son’s contract, there is an unnerved feeling whether he would be willing to sign a contract extension. If things stay in place and the Spurs miss out on European football then chances of him signing a new contract are bleak. Spurs would also have to sell him in the next summer or lose him for free.
5) Kane’s aspirations
Harry Kane is arguably the best English player in the league. Both Jose and Poch tried to build the squad around the England international. He is the current England captain and has more than 150 career goals to his name at the top flight. The situation Kane finds himself in is quite reminiscent of Steven Gerrard’s situation at Liverpool. Gerrard was tempted to join Chelsea and Real Madrid but stayed loyal to Liverpool. On the downside, he missed the opportunity to have a deservedly trophy-laden career.
Harry Kane finds himself in a similar situation. If he is to stay at Spurs, then he needs to win something with them.
Could Jose turn the tide?
The odds of Jose getting the sack are high if the Spurs don’t reach the Top 5 this season. Many of the star players who are in their prime would not want to stay in the sinking ship that Tottenham is right now. Also, older players would demand a bigger contract to compensate for the lack of European football. Spurs would also struggle to sign decent players and upcoming prospects due to it. If Mourinho doesn’t achieve the top 5 this season and has a bad start to the next one then his head would be on the line.
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