Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s defeat to West Ham

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Tanguy Ndombele
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Tottenham Hotspur made it four defeats from four London derbies this afternoon following a 1-0 loss to West Ham United at the London Stadium.

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

It is still a process – I know we all wanted Tottenham to kick on from those previous two wins and keep moving forwards, but it’s probably going to be a case of one two steps forwards one step back this season. The consistency will likely not be there for a while so we may have to endure a few losses along the way.

A game of fine margins – The further the game went, the more it felt as though one moment of magic or one mistake would decide a 1-0 victory, and that is exactly what happened. One momentary lapse in concentration from Reguilon and a poor piece of marking from Kane and the game was lost.

Nuno does not like subs – Once again, Nuno waited until late in the game to make a change this afternoon, beyond the 80th minute in fact. Arguably, Lo Celso should have come on for one of the holding mids as soon as West Ham scored. The head coach needs to be careful that he doesn’t create a long-term divide in the squad by not giving the subs a real chance to impress.

Stuck on 34 – Kane and Son are still chasing the all-time Premier League combination record, one off Drogba and Lampard at 36. Unfortunately, today was a game to forget for both players really. Son struggled to find a way into the match and Kane was much the same, even arguably at fault defensively for West Ham’s winner. Tottenham need to find a way to score when these lads have a poor day.

Romero has an edge – I think we had all been told about it before with Romero’s history of yellow and red cards, but today was the first example of seeing his ‘edge’ first hand. When he tackled Fornals and then stood over the winger, we got a glimpse of what we bought in Romero. An aggressive defender who loves to play right on the edge.

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