Jamie O’Hara has admitted that he has been left unconvinced by Ivan Perisic after watching the Croatian during Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal yesterday afternoon.
The north Londoners moved to make the Croatian their first signing of the summer transfer window on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract at Inter Milan.
Spurs boss Antonio Conte named the 33-year-old at left-wing back for the derby at the Emirates, however, O’Hara believes that the Italian should have instead opted to select Ryan Sessegnon on the left flank.
Arsenal’s tactical set-up saw them have a numerical advantage in midfield which often saw Perisic and Royal on the other side of the pitch pinned back in their own half.
O’Hara believes that Conte got his tactics wrong and should have gone for a 3-5-2 formation to bring another body into the middle of the park.
“Today and the last few weeks we are getting deeper and deeper. Like go and press. When Conte first come in the whole thing was press, press, press and go after it,” O’Hara told talkSPORT.
“I think Conte got it wrong today. I think Sessegnon should have started, I’m not convinced with Perisic and I think we should play three in midfield, I think that’s what we need to start doing.”
Hindsight is a wonderful thing and it would have helped to have combat Arsenal in midfield if Tottenham had played Bissouma, Hojbjerg and Bentancur as a midfield axis.
O’Hara is being somewhat harsh on Perisic to claim he has left unconvinced, given the ability of the veteran to deliver quality balls into the box, especially from corner kicks.
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