Peter Crouch delivers honest verdict on Tottenham squad and what they must do to reach the top

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Former Tottenham striker Peter Crouch believes this Tottenham Hotspur side isn’t good enough to compete with the top teams in the Premier League.

Tottenham were soundly beaten 3-0 by Manchester United on Saturday evening, a result which saw manager Nuno Espirito Santo lose his job and be replaced by Antonio Conte.

Conte has taken over with the club ninth the Premier League but only five points off fourth place with 28 games to go, starting with Everton away on Sunday after beating Vitesse 3-2 in the Europa Conference League tonight.

The former Italy manager’s track record of winning league titles everywhere he goes has Spurs fans dreaming of what he could do with this squad given time and resources.

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But Crouch believes the players Conte has inherited are nowhere near the quality seen in north London when the club were constantly finishing inside the top four and reached the Champions League final in 2019.

“I’m not sure,” Crouch said on BT Sport when asked if Spurs were good enough ahead of the Vitesse win. “I think if you look at the team that was regularly getting into the Champions League, it’s a better team than it is now.

“I think when the team got to the Champions League final, [it was] much better than this.

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“They didn’t they didn’t strengthen and they lost big players. When you look at the team, even the defenders, [Toby] Alderweireld. [Jan] Vertonghen, Danny Rose, they haven’t replaced them.

“They’ve replaced them with substandard players, [it] has to be said and I think recruitment’s going to be very important.

“They’ve started with a with a top, top manager, but I still think they need to recruit.”

Source by Football London

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