Pochettino dismisses need for psychologist at Spurs

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed suggestions that his players could see a sports psychologist in a bid to change their poor form, insisting he is the man they need to talk to should they need one, according to the Daily Star.

The current crop of Spurs stars have received criticism since last season when a major influx of players joined the squad following the departure of Gareth Bale.

They have put in a series of indifferent performances under Andre Villas Boas and Tim Sherwood – and life hasn’t become any easier this season with new boss Pochettino.

A positive start to the campaign has been replaced with poor form and their home loss to Newcastle was their third at home already this season.

The 2-1 reverse saw fans boo their side off of the pitch and captain Younes Kaboul was outspoken in his public criticism of his side’s displays – accusing them of a lack of courage while pundits have questioned their lack of leaders on the pitch.

But when questioned if his troubled stars need to see a sports psychologist Pochettino insisted they do not need one, and wants Kaboul to help lead inquests into how the players are feeling.

He said: “I think we are the psychologists! The players want to hear the manager and the staff, the assistant manager, the goalkeeper coach. We can help them.

“In my career always, when I was a player, we had a lot of meetings, just the players, for good and bad things.

“Always they can improve in their own meetings. They can say things among themselves that they cannot say to us.”

Pochettino sees his side take on Brighton in the Capital One Cup fourth round and will be hoping to please the White Hart Lane faithful.

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