Former Liverpool star-turned-pundit Dean Saunder questioned the loyalty of Tottenham Hotspur supporters following the dismal attendance in the 1-0 League Cup win over Barnsley. Spurs are playing their home games at the Wembley as they step up their construction work on the new stadium which is expected to be ready for the 2018/19 season.
Speaking on the Jim White Show on TalkSPORT, Saunders said: “I was there for the Swansea Spurs game and I’ll tell you what I was surprised at. I’m sure when I’ve played against Spurs over the years, they had like 30,000, 35,000 crowds. There was 73,000 there. Now where have 35,000 Spurs fans come from all of a sudden? 50,000 went missing last night (vs Barnsley), 50,000 never went.”
While a number of reasons could be given, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is unlikely to talk much into the matter as the League Cup is unlikely to be his priority for the season. Tottenham have finished second and third in the past two campaigns in the top-flight, but there are now higher expectations on the club’s shoulders with the vast amount of top-class talent on hand.
Getting fourth spot, and a place in the Champions League for the next season, looks like it will be make or break for this talented Spurs side, with anything less likely to see players moving on to fulfil their dreams elsewhere. The fact that they have started so slowly doesn’t help their cause, but if they manage to return to the form that made them the runners up last season, there is a chance…