It seems silly to write teams off from anything when we’re only in March and there is still a great deal of football left to be played. However, it’s definitely worth noting that Tottenham Hotspur appear to be dropping like a stone in the Premier League right now.
They just can’t string a good run together to save their lives, with the back to back losses at the hands of Wolves and Norwich serving as undeniable proof that there are problems behind the scenes right now.
The constant struggle
The biggest of issues, as you can probably imagine, stems from the fact that Son Heung-min and Harry Kane are both out injured right now. While Spurs may have more than just two star players within their ranks, we’re talking about two guys that make up the majority of their goalscoring opportunities – and eventual goals.
They haven’t been themselves without Kane and Son in the team and while they’re still scoring, it just seems like their structure has fallen apart as of late.
Then there’s Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese boss has enjoyed many former glories back in his day, but it’s starting to look like his day in the spotlight has been and gone. While there’s still a decent chance that he could go on to do some big things, potentially on the international stage with Portugal, Tottenham probably isn’t the direction he should’ve gone in.
The tactics seem off, it was a rushed decision and he just hasn’t been able to inspire any kind of real spark within this team.
Now, they face a tricky weekend trip to Turf Moor as they attempt to not lose more ground on those in the top four race.
Burnley are well and truly in the mix for a Europa League spot themselves, so this isn’t exactly going to be a walk in the park.
After what happened with Eric Dier in the aforementioned loss to Norwich, Mourinho made it clear that he expects him to feature.
“He played two fantastic matches, showed me things that I couldn’t imagine. I know what he can do in this position.
“What happened was clear, it was almost nothing happened, he’s ready and I think he has to play tomorrow.”
Burnley are going to make this a very uncomfortable game for Tottenham and they’re going to do so in front of their passionate, dedicated fanbase – which is something we may not be able to say in a matter of weeks courtesy of COVID-19 aka the coronavirus.
For this weekend, though, fans will be in attendance from both sides, with the general hope from the Spurs faithful being that they can start well in the first 15-20 minutes and build a nice base for themselves.
We think a draw is the most likely result but if the teams above them are able to pick up a win over the weekend, things might start looking pretty precarious for Mourinho’s men.
There’s also the game against RB Leipzig to think about in just three days’ time.