Jose Mourinho has risked the wrath of Daniel Levy by claiming Tottenham have no goalscorers outside of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
Mourinho admits Tottenham are in a “very bad position” after their demoralising 1-0 loss to Chelsea – their third defeat on the spin.
Spurs fans turned against him on social media after his struggling side, still missing Kane through injury, drew a blank against their London rivals.
Outside of Kane and Son, no-one has scored more than three Premier League goals for Spurs this season, with back-up striker Carlos Vinicius yet to open his top-flight account.
But Mourinho is skating on thin ice by pointing the finger at his forwards ahead of Sunday’s tricky test against West Brom, especially having rarely used Gareth Bale so far this season.
He said: “A team cannot depend on one player. Other players they have to step up. That’s the reality of things.
“For sure Harry is very important for us. He leads. He creates. He has dynamics of closed eyes with Sonny for example.
“But of course, other guys they have to step up to be honest. Carlos Vinicius tried his best, he couldn’t score his goal. I’m happy with his effort.
“The other guys, apart from Sonny, we know they are not goalscorers.
“They are not the kind of players that, as attacking players, they can score eight, ten, 12 goals in a season, you know that these are not their characteristics.
“So we have to fight with what we have, and against West Bromwich with Harry Kane, without Harry Kane, we have to go, we have to win that match.”
Kane, who injured both ankles against Liverpool, is not expected back in time to face the Baggies.
But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to look too kindly on Mourinho’s criticism of his expensively-assembled attacking unit.
And there is a feeling around the club that the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss should be doing better with what he has.
Tottenham are now five points behind fifth-placed West Ham, although they have a game in hand.
Mourinho’s team still have the Carabao Cup Final to look forward to, and are still competing in the Europa League and FA Cup.
But their biggest game of the season now is facing relegation-threatened West Brom in what looks like a must-win match for Mourinho.
He said: “I put pressure on myself every day. It’s a big game for us, because we need to leave the position where we are in, which is not a dramatic position like theirs is, but is a very bad position for us.
“We have to leave it, we need to win, we need to break the dynamic of three defeats. So it’s a very important match for us.”
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