Opinion – Five things we learned from the woeful draw at home to Sheffield United

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Tottenham Hotspur have dropped yet more points in the Premier League today and again it came from a 1-0 winning position.

That’s the last three matches that Spurs have led the game by one before letting their opponents back in, first losing 2-1 against Liverpool, the with back-to-back 1-1 draws against Everton and Sheffield.

Here are five things we learned from the match:

The players have to stand up –

Fans have been crying out for Pochettino to start Lo Celso instead of Eriksen, as well as playing the likes of Kane, Son, Dele, Ndombele, and Sissoko in the same team. Poch gave the supporters what they wanted this afternoon and the team still let everyone down. Perhaps it is time to ask questions of the players over the manager, who seems to be trying a lot of different things to no avail.

Dier’s left foot –

While Dier looked good defending against Red Star on Wednesday, giving fans hope of a new partnership between himself and Sanchez, he was hopeless today. Eric played on the left side of a back two and misplaced pass after pass with his left foot. He was also caught out of position time and time again, perhaps already killing the idea that he could make a comeback at centre-back.

Kane wasn’t ready –

Too ill to play a week ago, then a flight to and from Serbia, as well as two games in a matter of days. Kane didn’t look sharp today and I can’t help but feel this is because he still isn’t 100%. Poch should have taken him off for Moura at around 60 minutes.

Defence is the problem – 

While the front line is not performing as Pochettino would like either, the simple matter is that Spurs are scoring goals and taking the lead. The focus has to shift to the defence, who continue to leak goals when it matters most. With Lo Celso, Sessegnon, and Ndombele coming in last summer, January needs to become about defenders.

Foyth over Aurier –

This one is simple for me. Foyth is a better defender than Aurier. Foyth is better on the ball than Aurier. And Foyth is better going forward than Aurier. Make that swap happen, Poch!

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2 COMMENTS

  1. It was apparently (not having seen the match) the first 13 minutes of the match when he didn’t get a single touch that Kane was at his most ineffective. Couldn’t Spurs have done with Moura from the start? No, the most Poch would give him was 3 minutes of normal time. Wtf?

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