Tottenham are in one of their worst spells in recent years. Their poor start to the season was summarised by a shock exit to Colchester in the League Cup on Tuesday night.
At the end of last season Pochettino hinted he would leave Spurs if they won the Champions League, perhaps feeling he had taken the club as far as he could.
Perhaps after reflecting on that very successful Champions League campaign and seeing the continued dominance from Liverpool and Manchester City, Pochettino feels his team cannot improve on a top four finish and runners up in the Champions League. It would be very difficult for any club in the world to achieve this and considering the clubs financial constraints in recent years, you can sympathise with Poch for thinking this.
There’s clearly an issue with Cristian Eriksen. One of the clubs best player will not sign a new deal, and the manager appears reluctant to give a player minutes on the pitch when he is clearly not committed to the club. Again, understandable.
But Tottenahm have to find a way out of this situation. There are negatives, but equally plenty of positives. The club recently moved into one of the best stadiums in the world and under Pochettino’s stewardship, they have grown to become one of the best clubs in the country and stamp their authority on Europe.
As Zidane continues to struggle in Madrid, many fans will start to worry about whether Poch may be waiting for the call from the Spanish giants.
It feels like the squad are in disarray a bit. Eriksen looking elsewhere for his future, Pochettino potentially thinking his work here is done and if those kinds of thoughts continue, it will surely not be long until the likes of Harry Kane start to wonder whether they are at the right club to continue to grow their careers.
Pochettino has spoken of his squad being “unsettled” on numerous occasions in the last few weeks.
“We need time again to build that togetherness that you need when you are competing at this level,” he told the BBC.
It’s one to watch, but let’s hope Spurs can turn this around, and quick or instead of competing for the title, they will be in a top-four scrap and out of Europe a lot quicker than they were last season.