Opinion: Five players who shone in the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough in the FA Cup

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur may have disappointed with a 1-1 draw against Championship side Middlesbrough, but there were some impressive performances out there from individuals.

Let’s take a look at the five players who made a good case for themselves in the FA Cup:

Harry Winks –

For me, the only bright spark in the first half for Spurs. Winks came back into the midfield and seemed to be the only player willing to get involved, put his body where it hurts, and use the ball positively. A talented player who Mourinho must use more.

Lucas Moura – 

Non-existant in the first half, but burst to life in the second 45 when he was given a bit more room. He guided his header past the keeper well for the Tottenham goal and so nearly had the winner with a superb effort from outside the box. Needs to up his game in Kane’s absence.

Serge Aurier – 

Started the game at wing-back and was pretty disappointing with his delivery in the first half. In the second 45, he was deployed at right-back and was a little more disciplined and methodical. Covered well for his teammates using his pace and put in a great ball for the goal.

Erik Lamela – 

Came on and changed the game in the second half. He was constantly demanding the ball, turning to face goal, and creating chances. Spurs needed his drive and passion, as well as creativity on the ball. Perhaps could be a starter once he builds up his fitness. A real Mourinho player.

Giovani Lo Celso –

Much like Lamela, Gio came on and gave Spurs a much-needed spark. He rarely lost the ball, created chances and space, and even tracked back to do his defensive duties well.

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  1. Winks !!! You are joking. No key passes, no protection nor any potential assists and as always, loses possession regularly. Exactly what does this player offer ? We only got going when both Lamela and Lo Celso came on to drive and pass forward allowing Eriksen to go deeper and show bloody SamWinks how to play that position. He’s a waste of space. Not a ball winner, not a creator. So what is he ???


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