Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Wolves

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Tottenham Hotspur threw yet more Premier League points away late on last night when they faced Wolves at Molineux, conceding in the final minutes to draw 1-1.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the game:

Wasted chance – Last night provided a great chance to not only climb back up to third in the table, but also claw back points on the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United and Leicester after they all dropped their own this weekend. Instead, Spurs whimpered to a point and are now fifth in the table.

Set pieces – Not only did Spurs concede late on yet again, but it came from a familiar source. Despite the emphasis on defending and clean sheets under Mourinho, for some reason, it all goes out the window when it comes to set-pieces. A free flick on at the near post in the dying minutes simply should not happen!

Tactics all wrong – I’m not sure I even understand the Tottenham game plan from last night. Score in the first minute then defend for the remaining 89? It seems laughable! The Lilywhites were not even set up to break away, with Son isolated on the right and Harry Kane being suffocated down the middle. The lead never felt secure and Spurs should have gone for the jugular in the first half.

Carlos Vinicius – The Brazilian was bought to take the pressure off Kane, yet he has barely featured beyond the Europa League. Kane looked shattered out there last night, yet Vinicius wasn’t even on the bench. If Spurs aren’t careful, Kane is going to burn out or get seriously injured before long, and it will be their own fault.

Tanguy time – I understand why Ndombele was taken off as he has rarely played beyond 60 minutes this season. However, Spurs needed to rethink the tactics in order to come up with a replacement out ball. They didn’t and Tottenham simply lost both their creativity and their ability to retain possession.

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