Opinion: Five players who were an abomination against Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur had their usual slow and sloppy start in the Premier League today against Southampton, but pulled off a new trick by continuing it for the full 90 minutes.

Spurs struggled to string two passes together, couldn’t defend against the hosts who are in the bottom half of the table, and failed to create anything in the way of a meaningful chance.

Let’s take a look at the worst five players today, although I could easily make a case for everyone who stepped onto that pitch.

Jan Vertonghen –

Rarely have I seen a performance this bad from the Spurs defender. He was constantly out of position and yards behind play. For the Saints goal, he can be seen slowly jogging into the box rather than helping Alderweireld. He hoofed it up field all day without finding his teammates and missed an absolute sitter to equalise.

Paulo Gazzaniga – 

Gazzaniga loves his long kicks, if only he could find a Tottenham shirt with them today. Every time the Argentine had the ball in his gloves, he ignored runners in his own half in favour of booting it as far as he possibly could, handing possession back to Southampton.

Dele Alli – 

What was Dele doing today? He misplaced pass after pass in midfield, failed to make runs for the majority of the match, and seemed more preoccupied diving on the floor and being petulant than winning the game.

Christian Eriksen – 

Brought in to act as the linchpin in that central midfield position, Eriksen failed to get anything going today. Time and time again, he clipped pointless balls over the top, misplaced passes into feet, and gave the ball away. Not only this, but playing him also compromised some of the cover the back four needed in midfield.

Serge Aurier – 

Gave away silly fouls all game and when he did get forward, more often than not his crosses sailed out of play on the far side of the pitch. I do not see what this guy offers the team.

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  1. You need to take a break from this site, Mr Jenkins. Nothing but criticism of Mourinho, even though the worst players were Pochettino’s buys or favourites? Spurs are in a mess because of Levy’s and Pochettino’s failure to refresh the team in the past two years, not because of Mourinho’s six weeks of fire-fighting!


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