By David Woods

1st Jan, 2021 | 1:37pm

'Hang on' – Dean Ashton makes big claim about what Spurs fans will say if Leeds dismantle Jose

Dean Ashton has said that Tottenham should take the game to Leeds United and attack them, but added that he doesn’t think Jose Mourinho will do that. 

And, he said that if Leeds win and go level on points with Spurs, while playing a thrilling brand of attacking football, Spurs fans will be asking some serious questions about Jose Mourinho.

Talking on the Breakfast show (talkSPORT, Friday, 9am) Ashton said, “That’s the intrigue, the differing styles between the two managers, and the fact that if Leeds win they’ll be level on points with Tottenham.

“You would expect, if that happens, you’d expect the Tottenham supporters to be saying, ‘Now hang on, the sort of football we’re watching with the manager we’ve got and the squad we’ve got, and then we play a team that plays that brand of football and they’re level on points with us and just come up from the Championship…’

“I think questions… you start to wonder as fans. The way to play Leeds is to try to go head-to-head against them but I don’t see Jose doing that.”


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Questions will definitely be asked if Tottenham don’t play a more expansive game against a newly-promoted Leeds side.

But this is Jose and Jose does things Jose’s way.

It’s a good time to play Tottenham who haven’t won in the last four games now, while Leeds are on a run of two consecutive wins without conceding.

One thing is certain, if Leeds do go to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, beat Spurs and go level on points with Jose’s side, it will be a glorious vindication for Bielsa-ball.

We’ve already won the hearts and minds of the majority of pundits. Getting to 26 points before the midway point of the season would be a spectacular achievement.

To do that, all the makeshift Leeds defence has to do on Saturday is keep Heung-min Son and Harry Kane quiet. Easy.

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