Tottenham Hotspur have been struggling in the Premier League despite starting the season like a house on fire. A club that spent a weekend at the top of the league table is now 9 points away from 4th placed West Ham United.
Things got worst for Jose Mourinho and his boys on January 28, 2021, when they suffered a 3-1 defeat at home to Liverpool football club. After the defeat, Tottenham went on to suffer a defeat in the hands of Brighton and Chelsea successively.
Spurs’ inconsistency in the Premier League followed them to the FA Cup as Everton knocked them out in the 5th round of the competition on February 10. Three days later, they suffered a 3-0 league defeat in the hands of Manchester City.
It became obvious that Jose Mourinho is running out of ideas to make Tottenham win again when the North London side failed to win over their local rivals, West Ham United on Sunday, February 21. West Ham defeated Tottenham 2-1.
After the victory, West Ham climbed to the 4th spot on the league table with 45 points in 25 games. While Tottenham Hotspur went down to the 9th spot on the league table with 36 points in 24 games.
In a post-match interview after the 2-1 defeat in the hands of West Ham, Jose Mourinho admitted that it would be difficult for Tottenham Hotspur to qualify for a Champions League spot. He noted that the club would try to win the Europa League this season in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Jose Mourinho arrived at Tottenham in November 2019 marvelling at the quality of the squad. 15 months later, with ~£135m spent on transfers, and now he’s claiming matters are beyond his control as the players aren’t good enough. What a curious development.— Greg Johnson (@gregianjohnson) February 22, 2021
Based on the uncertainty surrounding the progress of Tottenham in the Premier League this season, Telegraph reported that Tottenham have made RB Leipzig coach, Julian Nagelsmann a number one choice to replace Mourinho if the Portuguese tactician fails to turn things around at the club.
However, it will be difficult for Nagelsmann to leave RB Leipzig in the middle of the season to join a struggling Tottenham Hotspur. The 33-year-old German coach has led RB Leipzig to the 2nd spot on the German Bundesliga table with 47 points in 22 games, two points behind first-placed Bayern Munich.
Hence, it will be almost impossible for Julian Nagelsmann to leave a club where a Champions League spot has been guaranteed to a club that might not qualify for next season’s Europa League.
All things being equal, Jose Mourinho might be given a chance to complete the 2020-2021 season at Tottenham Hotspur especially if he keeps the club in the Europa League and probably win the EFL Cup for the club on April 25.
But Mourinho might not last that long at the North London club if the poor run of games in the Premier League continues.