Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s woeful defeat to Leeds

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Ryan Mason
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Tottenham Hotspur were back in action this afternoon in the early kick-off but the team looked as though they were still in bed as they rolled over to Leeds United 3-1.

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

Top four – Tottenham are certainly going to need a few favours if they are to finish in the top four now. They essentially need Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham to also drop points this week. The dream is likely over but I want to see the players fight as though it isn’t!

Defensive errors – To say we learned this in this game is simply not true. We have seen this and written about this literally all season. It comes a point where you have to just live with it and admit that certain players are not good enough. The only way to fix that is to sell and replace. Top four defenders do not ball watch, they do not make mistakes every game, they do not let wingers cross without pressure.

Dele spark – We really got a glimpse of the Dele Alli of old today. He was the creative spark in that midfield, setting up both Son’s goal and the goal that never was for Harry Kane. What I would say about Dele is that I think you need to play a certain way with him. He likes to slow the game down and take a good few touches and he perhaps doesn’t give you the same cover in the centre as a Lucas Moura, for example.

Summer of change – I don’t want to name names here in this article but it seems clear to the vast majority of fans who Spurs need to keep this summer and who needs to be sold. Tottenham have been overdue a big rebuild and for every season that they do half a job, they waste another year of the likes of Son and Kane. A summer of change, please!

Lloris disrespect – I just also want to take the chance to at least highlight a world-class performance from Hugo Lloris. If not for him, that quite literally could have been five or six. For those who claimed he was not good enough earlier in the season, may your apologies be as loud as your disrespect. Across the campaign as a whole, he has been superb.

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