Jamie Redknapp slams Tottenham for slipping back into bad old ways


Sky Sports presenter Jamie Redknapp is seen prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea FC at London Stadium on August 20, 2023 in London, England. 

Jamie Redknapp says Tottenham slipped back into their bad old ways in the defeat at Fulham and it should act as a warning sign for boss Ange Postecoglou.

Spurs missed the chance to leapfrog above Aston Villa into fourth in the Premier League after losing 3-0 at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Redknapp told Sky Sports: 'When I've watched Tottenham this season there's been so much joy in their play, I've thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought those types of performances were a thing of the past, I didn't think we'd be seeing them anymore under Ange Postecoglou.

'They were off it from minute one. They had a couple of moments towards the end of the first half. I'm looking for excuses. Yes, [Micky] Van de Ven [being injured] is a big one because he's such an important player, but there's been other games he hasn't played and they've been fine.

'There was no energy. Players that have had big performances... Destiny Udogie has been fantastic but today - so off it. [Yves] Bisssouma and [James] Maddison in midfield never won individual battles.

'I was amazed. I almost want to hear an excuse from the manager that there was a lasagne-gate, a flu in the team. I can't fathom what I've seen in terms of their energy. The goals epitomised it.'

Spurs entered this fixture on a high after an emphatic victory at Aston Villa last weekend.

It meant fifth-placed Tottenham could leapfrog Villa and reclaim fourth spot with all three points at Craven Cottage, but they were blown away as Rodrigo Muniz continued his excellent form with a goal either side of half-time.

'After the way they played against Aston Villa in the second half when they blew them away, they came into this game with an air of arrogance. The Premier League isn't like that, this might be the warning Ange Postecoglou needs.

'I'd been in that dressing room if I was him absolutely fuming and pointing fingers at players saying, 'If you think that's good enough we won't make the top four or even the top five'.

'They've got to get themselves back going again. That was so uncharacteristic from what I've seen this season, that was like the previous two or three seasons.'

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