Jose Mourinho’s position as Tottenham manager is safe for now but the ‘pressure is growing’ on the under-fire manager with chairman Daniel Levy concerned by the club’s style of play.
After a bright start to the season the north London side have won just twice in their past 10 league fixtures, dropping to eighth in the Premier League following a third consecutive defeat after losing 1-0 to Chelsea on Thursday.
Spurs were discussed as potential title challengers following their early season form that included wins over both Manchester United and Manchester City, but their fortunes have faltered drastically and recent performances have raised concern from the board.
Mourinho’s side lacked imagination during the loss to Chelsea and failed to score for the second successive fixture, the absence of the injured Harry Kane leaving Spurs without genuine goal threat aside from Son Heung-Min.
The Portuguese’s best results have come from sitting deep defensively and finding that forward duo on the counter-attack, but a clear lack of alternative routes to goal has proven costly and Daniel Levy has recognised the uninspiring nature of the performances.
According to the Independent the club are prepared to give Mourinho time with Spurs still in contention for the top four and silverware, including a League Cup final against Manchester City in April.
However, there will be a demand for improved performances amid concerns the club are going backwards following the progress made by predecessor Mauricio Pochettino in turning Spurs into Champions League regulars.
Spurs host struggling West Brom this weekend in a fixture that must surely yield three points if the north Londoners are to bridge the gap to the Premier League’s top four.