Tottenham fans concerned over weakness of their bench

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Spurs had a number of standout performers on the pitch against Liverpool, with Hugo Lloris, Moussa Dembele, and Harry Kane all making headlines in a hard-earned 1-1 draw.

However, if there was one concern at Anfield, it was the strength of Spurs' squad, with Nacer Chadli the most notable name on the bench.

Spurs fans concerned 

Some fans took to social media to vent their dismay at the line-up, once again expressing frustration that the club underwent a quiet January transfer window.


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Lack of threat 

Spurs are admittedly missing Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen, both of whom are out with a muscle strain and knee ligament injury respectively.

Lamela and Vertonghen admittedly make the squad much stronger, but even taking their absence into account, Spurs' bench did still not look threatening, even if the same could be said of Liverpool.

Do Spurs have enough going forward?

Full-backs Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier made up the defensive contingent of Mauricio Pochettino's back-up. As the second-choice goalkeeper, Michel Vorm also took his place. They are all strong backup choices at the back, but in attacking midfield and up front, there appeared to be insufficient strength-in-depth.

Josh Onomah has made fantastic progress this season, but he is yet to find the back of the net. The 18-year-old is undoubtedly creative, and next season has the potential to fight for a regular first-team spot.

At present, however, he is not quite ready to offer Spurs that extra ingredient, in the way that Coutinho was able to for Liverpool's opening goal against the north Londoners.

Squad players falling flat 

Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll made up the rest of the midfield options. Both came under fire in the heavy defeats to Borussia Dortmund, though they are undoubtedly talented players. Against Liverpool, however, Spurs did not have enough of the ball to make proper use of Carroll, who plays best when his side dominates possession.

Mason is stronger on the ball, but again does not always take the game by the scruff of the neck, as Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier are able to do.

Most notably, there were no recognised strikers who could come on as Spurs sought that all-important second goal that could have piled the pressure on Leicester.

The ongoing concern that the team are too reliant on Harry Kane is not going away any time soon, at least while Spurs cannot pose an attacking threat from the bench. 

Chadli was perhaps Spurs' strongest substitute option, as he proved with his goals from the bench at the start of this year. Pochettino will be thankful, no doubt, that he has such an array of talent who are simply happy to be part of the squad.

Nonetheless, a couple of summer signings can give Spurs that extra threat which can help them go all the way next season.

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Gareth Bale
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