Opinion: Five things we learned from the 1-1 FA Cup draw against Southampton

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur threw away the chance to secure a spot in the next round of the FA Cup today as they conceded late on at St Mary’s against Southampton.

Spurs had led the match for almost half an hour before Boufal came off the bench for the hosts and netted with just minutes on the clock.

Let’s take a long at five things we learned from the match:

Defensive problems are still there –

I would argue that the defensive problems for Spurs often come in central midfield when trying to defend a lead. The likes of Dele Alli, Lucas Moura, Heung Min Son, Gio Lo Celso, and Erik Lamela are not players you want to see a game out defensively. Spurs sank back further and further, with Southampton making it pay. Changes need to be made.

Spurs are still in –

The only silver lining to take today is that Spurs are still in the FA Cup for now, but for the second round in a row they will need a replay to decide things. The last thing Jose Mourinho would have wanted is another fixture though.

No striker – 

I thought the build-up play and the breaks from Spurs were very good at times, but they still lack that Harry Kane figure in the box to demand the ball and finish it off. If he had been up top today, perhaps it would have been out of sight in the first 45.

Where is Parrott?

The biggest problem with Lucas Moura at the moment is that he is not a striker. The Brazilian has much to offer on the wing, but he struggles alone up top. However, the other issue is that Mourinho is going to burn the lad out if he plays him up there every game. Why is Parrott not coming on for the last 20 minutes to add a fresh pair of legs? The Irishman wasn’t even in the squad today.

Gedson debut – 

It was an unremarkable debut for Gedson Fernandes at St Mary’s, but the holding midfield position can often be that way. The youngster certainly didn’t do much wrong and added some much-needed physicality to the midfield. It will be interesting to see how he slots in once he gets his fitness up.

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