Opinion: Five players who let Spurs fans down against Man City

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Erik Lamela
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Many Tottenham fans would have been expecting the worst against Man City this evening, but the 3-0 loss was far from good enough from the Lilywhites at the Etihad.

We wanted to take a look at the five players who let the side down on the day:

Hugo Lloris – The Frenchman was in superb form for the best part of a year since coming back from an injury in early 2020. It seemed as though he simply couldn’t make a mistake. However, in the past month, his confidence and form have taken a hit, with poor performances against Liverpool, Everton and now Man City. He has definitely earned Spurs more points than he has lost in the last 12 months, but cause for concern.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – In my opinion, the Dane looks fatigued, especially towards the end of games. He has played every single minute in the Premier League this season, as well as games across the various other competitions. As a result, his performances are dropping off as he hits a bit of a wall. In short, he needs a rest.

Davinson Sanchez – It feels as though for every one good thing he does (the block on Gundogan in the first half), he does something awful (getting skinned by Gundogan in the second half). Sanchez doesn’t seem to have the consistency needed for the Premier League and I’m not sure how many more chances Mourinho will give him.

Ben Davies – The Welshman reads the game well but his lack of pace is becoming a real problem. A simple one-two can put a winger in behind him easily without any risk of his ever catching up. Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling ran past him like he wasn’t there today. You can’t help but miss the pace of Sergio Reguilon.

Erik Lamela – While the majority of problems came in defence, I felt as though Erik Lamela fell short on the break today. He finds some great pockets and picks the ball up in damaging areas, but consistently holds onto it too long when there is an obvious pass on. Too many times, he failed to find Son on the break and it cost Tottenham key chances.

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  1. Lloris, agreed he’s past his sell by!
    Hojbjerg, agreed needs a rest.
    Sanchez, Either give him a consistent run or sell him.
    Davies, Disagree! Any full back will get skinned by Sterling & Foden.
    Lamela, Partly agree, hangs on to ball too long & clearly is trying to do it all himself. Still better than a few there.

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