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Friday, 1 January 2016

Trippier and Carroll interviews were revealing

Listening to Kieran Trippier's post match interview with Son Heung-min and comparing that with Tom Carroll's interview after the previous game, highlights the difference between the two mentally.

Trippier talks about the mentality of the squad being massive, a young squad who believe they can go all the way.

Carroll, after his goal against Norwich was entirely different. He admitted he normally passes, which is abdicating responsibility, and when asked about the title, as Trippier was, talked about hoping for 4th place.

You could argue he is just playing down expectation, which is that was the case then Trippier would have been advised to do the same. More likely it is the thought processes of the individuals. To win something you have to be aiming for it, does Tom Carroll actually believe we can win the title? 

If that is a target and you fail, you are likely to end up in the top four and Champions League football, but if the sum of your ambition is top four or fourth, then failure means you are likely to end up in the UEFA Europa League.

Passing backwards when there is no need, wanting to pass instead of shoot, not aiming high enough. They are all little signs that suggest a mental weakness. Harry Kane is the epitome of someone who takes responsibility, hardly any wonder he was made a vice-captain at such a young age. We have seen with other players that a mentality can be changed or enhanced. If Carroll can add that to his game we would have a player who could really blossom and boss games despite his size.

We haven't seen anywhere near the best of him because he doesn't know how good he could be.

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