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Mourinho needs a couple of transfer windows, says Robinson

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The former Tottenham goalkeeper feels Jose Mourinho cannot be judged until he’s put his stamp on the squad.

Replacing Mauricio Pochettino, who led Tottenham to the Champions League final last season, for Jose Mourinho in November was a bold move. It’s that one that still asks many questions to this day.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss has since overseen a sluggish start, winning 16 times, drawing eight, and losing 11 of his 35 games in charge.

A sixth-place finish in the Premier League was a decent finish, however. Especially as Spurs languished down in 14th when Mourinho first took charge.

But Paul Robinson, who made 175 appearances in the Spurs goal between 2004 and 2008, believes Mourinho will need backing from the club board to deliver.

“He needs a couple of transfer windows because the squad is unbalanced,” he told Gambling.com.

“There’s a lot of attacking midfielders and general attacking quality in the team but defensively they’re about to lose Jan Vertonghen.

“Mourinho has got to be given time. You can’t expect a manager to come in and work wonders with a team that was already struggling and not playing particularly well.

“He has to be allowed to put his own stamp on it and bring in some players that he wants.

“He’s a world-class manager, a proven winner, and we can’t judge him at Tottenham until half-way through next season at the earliest, after which time he’ll have had at least two transfer windows and time to assess and change his squad.”

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