Wily Wolves boss gives Pochettino tactical lesson
Defeat to Wolves, followed by Liverpool’s thrashing of Arsenal on Saturday evening, means Spurs title challenge is effectively over. Bridging a nine-point gap would be exceptional, but with the Reds rampant it would take a team of tremendous strength and squad depth to do that. Tottenham don’t have that depth – a quick look at the subs’ bench on Saturday showed the paucity of gamechanging players at Pochettino’s disposal at the moment. A rash of injuries to key players has not helped, with first-choice players Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen all missing the festive period. The obvious move would be to sign reinforcements in January, but Daniel Levy has a near-billion Euro stadium to pay for and has said any signings must be funded by sales of unwanted players, always an invidious task in the January transfer window. If Tottenham have to stick with the same squad, their chances of silverware will diminish week by week as the fixtures pile up – with another three in the next seven days.