Woodgate expects changes
Jonathan Woodgate feels that the entire Tottenham squad are playing for their future.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 31/03/08 7:10pm
Jonathan Woodgate feels that the every Tottenham player is playing for their futures as Juande Ramos continues to look at moulding his own squad.
The Spaniard led Spurs to their first major trophy in nine years when they picked up the Carling Cup in February, but has seen his side put in a number of erratic displays since.
With Woodgate and Alan Hutton the only January arrivals to make any impact on the first-team, a host of summer arrivals would appear imminent if the club are to mount a serious push for a UEFA Champions League spot next season.
England international defender Woodgate is certainly expecting changes, and feels that none of his team-mates can afford to rest on their laurels over the coming weeks.
"At the end of the day we're all playing for our places in the team," he said.
"No matter how long you're under contract for, when you were bought or how long you've been at the club, the manager will make changes, no problem.
"He's your friend and your manager but he will make changes to suit the club. Nobody's ever safe in football, apart from Cristiano Ronaldo."
With Sunday's capitulation in a 4-1 defeat at home Newcastle the latest in a long line of disappointing performances, Woodgate admits that he expects the inquest into what went wrong to get underway on the training ground this week.
"It's not so much getting angry with each other but I'm sure a few words will be said in training this week when we analyse a performance that wasn't good enough," he said.
"We've got to look at ourselves, just because we can't get relegated and we can't really go any further forward doesn't mean to say we can put in performances like that.
"We've still got to perform week-in, week-out or the manager will make changes."
Next up for stuttering Spurs is a trip to European-chasing Blackburn on Saturday, and Woodgate revealed that he is envious of Rovers' current position.
"They're going for Europe still - I wish we were still because it would give some of the lads a kick up the backside," he added.
"We're not, so we'll have to be professional and work as hard as we can."