Tottenham Hotspur are having a slow start to the new season having won only two of the eight matches they have played thus far across all competitions and head coach Mauricio Pochettino believes that his side’s lackluster displays are a result of the team being unsettled following a grueling off-season that left the futures of some of his players up in the air.
Danish midfield maestro Christian Eriksen, Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama and Belgian duo of Toby Alderweireled and Jan Vertonghen are some of the players who were linked with moves away from the club after the conclusion of last season but none of them managed a way out of the club with Eriksen and Wanyama going into the off-season transfer window deadline day unsure of their futures.
Now looking devoid of the vigor that led them to reach a first ever UEFA Champions League final in the previous campaign, Spurs continue to struggle as they were dumped out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday by fourth-tier side Colchester on post-match penalties and after the game the Argentine tactician acknowledged that his side is not mentally there yet following what happened in the off-season.
He said, “When you have an unsettled squad always it’s difficult and you lose time and then you need time to recover the time you lose.
“That’s where we are. Maybe our performances are good but you need this extra, which is mental, connection, it’s energy to be all together, not to have different agendas in the squad.
“We need time again to build that togetherness that you need when you are competing at this level.
“We are in a period where it’s a bit tough for us but we keeping working to find a solution.
“When this type of thing happens it’s about staying clear and fresh and calm. We’re trying to find solutions and we only need time.”
Wanyama, who was linked with a move to Belgian side Club Brugge, made his first start of the season in Tuesday’s game and played the entire 90 minutes plus extra time as Spurs lost 4-3 on penalties following a 0-0 draw.
He made his first appearance of the season over the weekend in the 2-1 loss to Leicester City, coming on for Moussa Sissoko for the final 23 minutes of the match.
His return back to the fold has been aided significantly by injuries to the players ahead of him in the pecking order.
Spurs will now switch their attention to the league where they will play host to Wanyama’s former side Southampton on Saturday.