Former Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel has stated that Jose Mourinho is still the right man for the job despite the increasing pressure on the head coach.
In the headlines throughout February following a dismal run of five defeats in six league games, Spurs got back on track with five successive wins in all competitions.
However, it is now two defeats on the bounce after their Europa League capitulation at Dinamo Zagreb followed Sunday’s dismal display in the north London derby at Arsenal.
With plenty of Tottenham fans having doubts since November 2019 over whether Mourinho is indeed the right man for the job as the club look to reach the next level, Friedel has had his say on the major talking point and backed the 58-year-old.
“I think Mourinho’s the right man for Tottenham,” he told CardsChat in an exclusive interview. “Mauricio Pochettino’s style and Jose Mourinho’s style of play are two different things. So, Mourinho would need time to know which players are going to be able to play in his style and there is a long line of players who have been groomed by Mauricio Pochettino in his style, that’s number one.
“Number two is that you’re at a club that doesn’t have even the fifth biggest budget in the Premier League. So, you’re going to consistently have to try and get 100% out of every single player to be able to compete, to possibly be able to win the League.
“Your transfer budget and your salary budget are not amongst the top. It’s not all about money, but when you’re talking about Man City and Liverpool being able to go for certain players, I’m not sure if Tottenham will be in that arena for those kind of transfer fees.
“So, could they go buy Mbappe? If they wanted to, I’m not saying they need to because they have Harry Kane, but I’m not so sure.
“So, is Jose the right man? Jose is an incredible coach, he’s been one of the very, very best of all time. But he also needs some of the very best players to be able to win the league.
“I think Daniel Levy and the board do an unbelievable job at Tottenham, look at the training ground, look at the stadium, exciting players on the pitch and they do it all not budgeting at the top, and they make money.
“The club is in a very healthy position, I think it’s a little bit unfair to talk about all the time ‘is Jose Mourinho the right guy if they don’t life a trophy?’
“You also have to budget in certain ways to win the trophies in the Premier League I’m afraid.”
Friedel was also asked about the future of Hugo Lloris when discussing his former club.
Signed from Lyon in the summer of 2012, the World Cup winner has become a key part of the Spurs XI in his time in north London after helping them rise up the table.
While he may have made some big errors that have proved costly in recent seasons, the ex-United States international believes that Spurs would struggle to replace him with a better goalkeeper.
“Hugo Lloris still has the quality to be Tottenham’s number one,” he added. “Sometimes you have to understand that the grass is not always greener and when you have experience seasoned professional football players that can deal with the ups and the downs it’s important.
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“Hugo is a good guy, a good leader, he’s a humble guy, does his work every day.
“I would imagine that all of his physical stats are still top drawer, if his physical stats start dropping a little bit or mentally he doesn’t want to play, then that is something different and they can address that. But from what I see, I don’t know where you would go buy another goalkeeper that would be better.
“Again, looking at budget numbers as well, where are you going to find a better goalkeeper? France’s number one, at Tottenham under the budget figures that they have and that they bought Hugo for.
“I still think he’s Tottenham’s number one and I don’t see a need to change that.”