Jonathan Woodgate has admitted that Tottenham are involved in a relegation battle and has compared the club’s current crisis to the situation that faced Leeds.
Woodgate was part of a Leeds side in disarray and left Elland Road in 2003 before they lost their top-flight status – and he has warned his Spurs team-mates they have a fight on their hands.
They are bottom of the Premier League and entertain Bolton on Sunday on the back of a 2-0 Uefa Cup defeat to Udinese.
“You aren’t too good to go down – believe me,” said Woodgate.
“I have seen it before at Leeds, and Leeds had a better team than we have got right now.
“They went down eventually and we really have got to roll up our sleeves without question, because I am telling you now it is going to be hard.
“Two points out of eight (Premier League) games – 100 per cent, we’re in a battle.
“We are good enough to get out of it if the players start concentrating, without a shadow of a doubt. If we don’t then we will go down.”
Defensive lapses cost Spurs in the defeat to Udinese and Woodgate knows they improve.
“The same thing has happened every single game we have played this season, it was a lack of concentration,” Woodgate said.
“We have had that in other games and we have to start learning quickly.
“A goal goes in and we start thinking ‘here we go again’. We need to really stand up now.
“The senior players have got to stand up and start taking responsibility.”
Asked if Spurs situation was comparable to Leeds, Woodgate said: “Well we are bottom of the league, and it can’t get much worse than that. We deserve to be where we are.”