Manchester United legend Roy Keane thinks Jose Mourinho cannot “trust” some of his Tottenham players. Spurs lifted some pressure on the under-fire Mourinho by thrashing Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.
Gareth Bale, Harry Kane and Lucas Moura scored to put the north Londoners 3-0 up after just half-an-hour against the Clarets.
Bale scored again before the hour mark as Spurs secured a victory that moves them within six points of fourth-placed West Ham having played one match less than the Hammers.
Spurs came into the match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with Mourinho’s future the subject of ever-increasing speculation.
The north Londoners had lost five of their previous six top-flight games before their hammering of Sean Dyche’s men in the capital.
And speaking pre-match, Keane came to the defence of the Portuguese coach and insisted he could not trust the likes of Alli and Bale, who have featured very sporadically under him this season.
Keane – who also stuck up for Mourinho over his demise at United by claiming the players “downed tools” – has suggested that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy needs to provide the manager with a better squad to work with.
Mourinho is safe in his job for now with the Carabao Cup final to come against Manchester City in April and Spurs into the last 16 of the Europa League, while their victory over Burnley boosts their hopes of a top-four finish too.
And speaking before the game against the Lancashire outfit, Keane said: “I expect them to win today and I expect them to be in the top seven or eight but this idea that Spurs automatically should be in the top four…
“If you analyse the players he’s got, he’s chopping and changing for a reason, because he can’t trust them.
“They played West Ham last week, we were talking about Bale, he came on and made a difference. What did he do? He put a corner in.
“He’s come in to Spurs to get into the top four and he can’t get into the starting eleven. Mourinho’s working with these players day-in, day-out and your eyes don’t lie to you.
“We’re talking about Dele Alli. I’m sick of talking about Dele Alli, what’s going to happen with this kid? We’re looking at his stats from two or three years ago.
“He’s lost the hunger, the eye of the tiger, he’s not going to get Tottenham back into the top four. We have the same conversations every week.
And Keane also said: “I think Tottenham have got so many average players. You talk about the pressure Spurs are on to get in the top four and all this carry-on, Kane and Son, take them two out of that team and Spurs are an average Premier League team and I’m being polite.
“I think Spurs were better two or three years ago with the [Kieran] Trippiers and the [Christian] Eriksens and when [Dele] Alli had the hunger. This Spurs team, they’re good on their day, like lots of teams.
“Jamie [Redknapp] makes the point saying they’ve got international players, if you can trap the ball you can play for your country these days.
“Everybody plays for their country, if you don’t play for your country you’re a bad player. That doesn’t guarantee anything.
“Who out of this Tottenham team would get in the Liverpool team, the Man City team, the Chelsea team? You wouldn’t touch any of them. Son and Kane.
“I’d take them two, outstanding, but the rest of them I wouldn’t touch them.”