Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s awful defeat against Brighton

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

A bad week for Tottenham turned to disaster this evening as they followed up a defeat against Liverpool with another against Brighton.

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

No Kane, no spark – Harry Kane has papered over the cracks at times for Tottenham this season, as the only player who can create a chance from absolutely nothing. Without him, Spurs not only lose half their goals, but the vast majority of their assists too. The Lilywhites lacked a spark tonight against a Brighton side who had failed to record a home win all season.

Lack of energy – As much as I hope it isn’t true, it felt as if the players just really didn’t care tonight. From the first minute, the energy levels were so far below what is expected of this Tottenham team. No matter how big the names are and how good the players are, in the Premier League, the team that works the hardest often has a chance to win. Brighton worked so much harder than Spurs tonight.

Top four feels a long way away – While a number of the big teams are faltering this season, a few others from lower in the table are stepping up. Spurs will now have to beat the likes of Leicester City, West Ham United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Aston Villa to those top four spots and such an achievement feels a long way away at the moment.

Gareth Bale’s walk in the park – The sad thing is not necessarily seeing Bale jog his way through games, but the nagging feeling that he is no longer able to do much more. Handed a rare start and a chance to impress this evening, Bale failed to catch the eye in attack. The Welshman never got up to pace with the game and looked sloppy on the ball. One can still dream, but these are worrying signs.

Ndombele injury – One of Tottenham’s only positive driving forces, not only tonight but in recent weeks too, went off injured with 15 minutes left to play. No Kane and no Ndombele could be season stalling for the Lilywhites.

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