Jermaine Jenas and Ian Wright questioned Jose Mourinho’s decision-making in the wake of Tottenham’s home defeat to Wolves.
Speaking on the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 programme, Jenas criticised the omission of Toby Alderweireld, while Wright called for teenage striker Troy Parrott to be given a chance.
Former Spurs midfielder Jenas said: “I’m not sure if Jose Mourinho has watched Toby Alderweireld over the last three years, but as a centre-half, with the ball at his feet, there aren’t many more comfortable or with a passing range better.
“I’m happy to reserve judgement on Jose until the start of next season because I want to see certain players leave and new players come in, but at the minute I am worried by what I’m seeing in terms of performances.”
Injuries mean Spurs are short of attacking options – and many fans would like to see Parrott in the side.
He was brought on as a late substitute against Wolves and former Arsenal striker Wright insisted Parrott should have a bigger role.
Wright said: “I’d say put Parrott on. I don’t know what three minutes is going to do for him.
“If he’s on the bench then give him 20 minutes and let’s see what he’s about. But he only got three minutes. I was gutted for him.
“They’ve got a young guy and they need a striker. You may as well throw him in and see if he can help you out in this situation.
“He might nick a couple of goals, do a (Marcus) Rashford – or a Harry Kane. Let’s have a look at Troy Parrott.”