After Tottenham’s defeat to Colchester, Mauricio Pochettino mentioned that splits and tension within the Tottenham dressing room played a part in the performance and the result, with players having “different agendas in squad” and saying that it will take time to rebuild the team spirit. It’s fairly obvious that Pochettino was referring to Christian Eriksen after the Danish midfielder admitted that he wanted to leave Tottenham back in summer, with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid rumoured to being interested in Eriksen. Pochettino added “ maybe performances are good but we need this mental connection, this energy to be all together… we need time again to build that togetherness”.
Eriksen isn’t the only Tottenham player who appears to be uncertain about their future in North London, as Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld were all linked with moves away from Tottenham during the last transfer window along with Eriksen. A strong team spirit was key in Tottenham’s brilliant Champions League campaign last season, and it will be needed if Tottenham want to push on from this defeat and rescue their season.