Sky Sports pundit Jamie O’Hara bashed his old side following the calamitous defeat to Middlesbrough that led to Antonio Conte‘s team getting dumped out of the FA Cup. 19-year old substitute smashed Chris Wilder’s side into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, extending Tottenham’s trophy-less run to 14 seasons.
The former Tottenham midfielder, speaking on Tottenham’s defeat said that he ‘feels for Conte’ and that the Spurs players are not ‘good enough’.
Talking to Sky Sports he said, “I feel for Conte, a lot of Spurs fans are starting to turn, starting to say he’s got to take some blame but I don’t think he has yet.
Because he is dealing with these players and their mentality and their attitude. [It’s] just not good enough from Spurs players.”
When asked about his thoughts on the Tottenham players who have played well last night, Jamie named just one player- Matt Doherty. He appreciated the 30-year old Irish defender and said that the player has got his confidence back.
He said, “I actually thought Matt Doherty played alright. I think he has actually been better recently.
“I think he has turned a corner a little bit, maybe he’s got a little confidence back.
“But, apart from that absolutely not. Everyone else was off the pace.
“It’s Middlesbrough, a championship side. We should be going in there, dictating the tempo of the game, dictating how you want to play, and were just miles off it.”
Tottenham’s poor recruitment over recent times
Jamie O’Hara further commented on Tottenham’s ‘shocking’ recruitment over the years and the money club has spent loads of money without any proper planning.
He said, “Yeah absolutely [club spending money on players], the recruitment has been shocking.
You look at the players that have come into the football club who we paid a lot of money for, 60 million pounds for Ndombele, [for] Romero we paid near 50 million pounds, for Davidson Sanchez 40 million pounds, Sessegnon 30 million pounds, Doherty 15 million pounds.
You can’t say we haven’t spent money. Of course, we have spent money.
But where you have spent the money is where the problem lies. The recruitment has been absolutely shocking.
And the players are turning up, and after a season, two seasons, they are all going through emotions and then a new manager comes in and they are stuck with the same players.”
Tottenham, who are currently seventh in the Premier League table, are still fighting for a place in the top 4. They have 42 points as of now with two games in hand that includes matches against Everton and Manchester United. Tottenham will have to come out of these matches with positive scores, otherwise, their dream of top 4 will surely see the end.