Jamie O’Hara says Jose Mourinho MUST change tactics because Tottenham “isn’t good enough” to hold onto lean leads and insists Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez don’t meet the standards of John Terry or Ricardo Carvalho correspond
- Jamie O’Hara was frustrated with Tottenham’s performance against Fulham
- Mourinho’s men lost more points from a winning position on Wednesday
- Ex-Spurs man insists his former club isn’t good enough to keep lean leads out
- O’Hara also believes the center-backs don’t match Jose Mourinho’s winning design
- The 34-year-old pointed out that Kane needs to keep pushing up to be the center of attention
Jamie O’Hara has challenged Tottenham’s fragile mentality after losing more points from a winning position in the Fulham draw before insisting that Jose Mourinho’s team are not good enough to hold onto slim leads.
The disappointing draw for Spurs means they failed to regain third place and tied on points with Liverpool after Ivan Cavaleiro canceled Harry Kane’s header in the first half in the 74th minute.
The result left a frustrated O’Hara questioning Mourinho’s tactics against a relegation candidate, while the former Spurs midfielder claimed the Tottenham boss couldn’t rely on his winning streak at Chelsea because of the center-backs he is now just cannot be compared.
Jamie O’Hara has questioned Jose Mourinho’s tactics against relegation-threatened Fulham
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“Dier, Sanchez & Alderweireld are not John Terry or Ricardo Carvalho!”
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– talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 14, 2021
“I don’t think they’re good enough behind to keep the 1-0 lead,” said O’Hara talkSPORT. “I’ve always said that: with Eric Dier, [Davinson] Sanchez or [Toby] Alderweireld – they are not John Terry, they are not [Ricardo] Carvalho.
“They are not the players Mourinho had. I think with the offensive skills we have, you have to go again. You have to look to keep scoring.
“What annoys me is that we are doing the same thing and expecting different results. All right, we don’t lose, but the ties are killing us.
The ex-Spurs midfielder believes Tottenham aren’t good enough to hold onto slim ledges
O’Hara insists Mourinho can’t rely on players like Eric Dier (left) and Davinson Sanchez (right).
O’Hara insists they are nowhere near the level of John Terry (right) and Ricardo Carvalho (left).
‘We do not get out well in the second half and I don’t understand why we played [Moussa] Sissoko in right midfield at home. He was fantastic in midfield and I know [Harry] Winks did well and is guaranteed to get off to a start, but sometimes you have to make tough decisions. ‘
Gareth Bale was left on the bench for Wednesday’s draw against the Cottager with questions asked about his fitness issues.
But O’Hara was firmly convinced that the Welshman needs playing time to be fully fit faster.
“He’ll never get fit if you don’t play him,” added O’Hara.
“When I see Bale he’s miles away from it and looks like he’s lost the pace, but he still has a goal in him, he still has talent. He can still do something extraordinary.
Spurs lost more points from a winning position in Wednesday’s draw against Fulham
“Then you have [Erik] Lamela and Lucas Moura. I just don’t understand why we play so negatively. In the second half we’re basically waiting for Fulham to attack. ‘
O’Hara was also frustrated with how low Kane had to fall to get the ball against Fulham and insisted that the Spurs talisman should have been further up the field to be the team’s main point of attack in attack.
He added: “I don’t know what will happen at halftime or what mentality they have to have to believe that they are good enough to keep the 1-0 lead. Were not. You have to go ahead and keep looking to push.
‘I think one of the biggest problems is that Harry Kane comes so deep to get the ball that there is no one else to stretch the other team.
Harry Kane (left) opened the scoring, but was often very low to get on the ball
O’Hara urged Kane to push up and become the point of attack instead of falling deep
‘Fulham’s confidence is growing in the second half, so we can just as easily increase the pitch and we can press just as well. Nobody is running after us. Harry Kane basically plays midfield.
“Son Heung-min is the only one who wants to run after and instead tell Kane to stay upstairs, be responsible for both of them, take care of them, you are our focus and we can still play into you .
“Then we can get up on the pitch, then you can connect and you get the ball in the last third instead of getting it in midfield, get a few touches and play some nice passes, but it doesn’t hurt the team . ”