Chris Sutton has ruled Tottenham out of finishing in the top four this season, criticising Jose Mourinho for the way he has dealt with the squad’s injury problems.
Spurs sit sixth in the table going into this weekend’s crunch clash with Wolves. The Londoners are four points off the final Champions League qualification spot, which is currently occupied by Chelsea.
The objective to finish in the top four has been made more difficult by injuries to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. Both players could miss the remainder of the campaign, leaving Tottenham will a noticeable lack of goal threat.
Mourinho has been vocal about the problems his side face without their two main goalscorers, but Sutton believes the Portuguese has approached the issue in the wrong way.
“Yes, Spurs have got injury problems but I don’t agree with the way Jose Mourinho has dealt with them,” Sutton told BBC Sport.
“Has he got a point, blaming all their problems on being without the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min? No.
“This Mourinho, who is throwing his toys out of the pram, is the one I think a lot of people thought we would see at Spurs, so it is not a surprise.
“Of course it is not ideal to lose your star striker and his main back-up but they have still got lots of quality in their squad.
“Rather than moan, Mourinho’s job is to get the best out of the other players in his squad – but he is not doing that at the moment.
“I am going to rule them out, for him being so mopey.”
From where we’re standing, Mourinho is simply being honest. Yes, his job is to get the best out of the players he has available to him, but the fact of the matter is that any side would suffer after losing two consistent goalscorers like Son and Kane.