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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

At 24, is Tom Carroll closing in on a Spurs exit?

Michel Vorm 33, Kieran Trippier 26, Tom Carroll 24, Ben Davies 23, Kevin Wimmer 23, Vincent Janssen 22, Eric Dier 22, Georges-Kevin N'Koudou 21, Harry Winks 20, Josh Onomah 19, Cameron Carter-Vickers 18.

Tom Carroll was the third most experienced player in the team last night and surely he should be beyond the player he is by now, late developer or not. I wrote he didn't have the mentality to be a top four Premier League player when he turned down a loan move to Ajax at the time we bought Christian Eriksen. For his development that would have been a fantastic move, instead his game went backwards at QPR in the Championship and hasn't moved forward since.

He can pass, he is competent, although he does give the ball away in our own half too much and does nothing with the ball when further forward. I ask you, when was the last time you actually saw Tom Carroll create anything? When was the last pass from him that got you excited?

As i write last night after the game, there was an incident in the first half where he had 15 yards in front of him and instead of driving into it and forcing Liverpool to adjust their defensive shape, he simply abdicated responsibility to send it wide to N'Koudou. Carroll alleviated any threat Liverpool may have been put under in a game where to be honest we created little.

He might be a nice guy, but without a winning mentality, nice guys come last. You have to have the ability to switch between the two characters like Scott Parker. Nice guys often lack the determination and if that trait isn't in your character you won't get to the level required. Carroll seems to lack it, otherwise his game should have evolved with all the training he does.

I fail to see how he can be kept on after next summer, especially with the emergence and development of Harry Winks. We don't need both in the squad, there are better quality midfield players who could strengthen the squad and give us more options.

Spare a thought for our brave boys & girls who have travelled all the way to Liverpool to watch Tom Carroll pass sideways

The only thing I'm not happy about apart from the result last night obviously, was persisting with Tom Carroll

Tom Carroll is 24 FFS. Four years older than Alli, but still looks about 14. Might be time to accept that he's just not very good!!!

Tom Carroll needs to be gone in January

Digging out Janssen when Tom 'sideways pass' Carroll is playing behind him. Carroll is a hopeless, hopeless footballer

Will Tom Carroll play for Spurs again? Or Kevin Wimmer? Poch's mistrust of the latter looks amply justified based on tonight.


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