Jamie O’Hara says Jose Mourinho MUST change his tactics because Tottenham is ‘not good enough’ to hold on to lean leads, stressing that Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez are not up to John Terry or Ricardo Carvalho’s standards.
- Jamie O’Hara became frustrated with Tottenham’s performance against Fulham
- The Mourinho men dropped more points from a winning position on Wednesday
- The ex-Spurs man insists his former club is not good enough to defend lean leads
- O’Hara also believes the center-backs don’t fit with Jose Mourinho’s winning blueprint
- The 34-year-old pointed out how Kane needs to push further to become a focal point
Jamie O’Hara has questioned Tottenham’s fragile mindset after dropping more points from a winning position in the draw against Fulham, before insisting that Jose Mourinho’s team isn’t good enough to hold on to lean leads .
The disappointing draw for Spurs means they have failed to regain third place and stay level with Liverpool after Harry Kane’s header was eliminated in the first half by Ivan Cavaleiro in the 74th minute.
The result left a frustrated O’Hara who questioned Mourinho’s tactics against a relegation contender, while the former Spurs midfielder claimed the Tottenham boss can’t rely on his Chelsea winning blueprint because the central defenders he now has are simply cannot compare.
Jamie O’Hara has questioned Jose Mourinho’s tactics against relegation-threatened Fulham
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– talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 14, 2021
‘I don’t think they are good enough in the back to hold 1-0 leads’ O’Hara told me talkSPORT. ‘I’ve always said this: with Eric Dier, [Davinson] Sanchez or [Toby] Alderweireld – they’re not John Terry, they’re not [Ricardo] Carvalho.
It’s not the players Mourinho has had. I think you should go again with the offensive ability we have. You have to watch to keep scoring.
‘What irritates me is that we do the same and expect different results. Okay, we’re not losing, but the draws are killing us.
The ex-Spurs midfielder does not think Tottenham is good enough to maintain a slim lead
O’Hara insists Mourinho cannot rely on players like Eric Dier (left) and Davinson Sanchez (right)
O’Hara insists she is nowhere near the level of John Terry (right) and Ricardo Carvalho (left).
‘We come out of the second half scrappy and I don’t understand why we played [Moussa] Sissoko right midfield at home. He was fantastic in midfield and I know it [Harry] Winks has done well and deserves a start, but you have to make tough decisions sometimes. ‘
Gareth Bale stayed on the bench for Wednesday’s draw against the Cottagers with questions about his fitness issues.
But O’Hara was adamant that the Welshman needs playing time to get back to full fitness sooner.
“He’s never going to get fit if you don’t play him,” O’Hara added.
“ When I look at Bale he’s way off and it looks like he’s not in the pace, but he still has purpose in him, he still has talent. He can still do something extraordinary.
Spurs dropped more points on Wednesday from a winning position in their draw with Fulham
‘Then you have [Erik] Lamela and Lucas Moura. So I just don’t understand why we play so negatively. In the second half we actually wait for Fulham to attack. ‘
O’Hara was also frustrated with how deep Kane had to fall to receive the ball against Fulham, insisting that the Spurs’ talisman should have been further up the field to be the main center of the attack.
He added: ‘I don’t know what happens at half time or what mindset they have to think they are good enough to hold 1-0 leads. Were not. You have to go ahead and keep looking to squeeze.
“I think one of the biggest issues is that Harry Kane is getting so deep to get the ball that there’s no one else to stretch the other team.
Harry Kane (left) opened the score but noticed that he often hit the ball very deep
O’Hara urged Kane to push up and become the focus of the attack instead of falling deep
So Fulham’s confidence grew in the second half, so we might as well push up the field and squeeze just as well. No one is running after us. Harry Kane actually plays the midfield.
‘Son Heung-min is the only one who seems to run past and instead they have to tell Kane to stay on top, take charge of their back two, hang out with them, you’re our center and we can still play with you.
“Then we can get on the field, then you can link and you get the ball in the last third instead of in the midfield, get a few touches and give some nice passes, but he doesn’t hurt the team.”