Opinion: Six things we learned from Tottenham’s draw to Newcastle

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur came back from 1-0 down to head into the break 2-1 up today against Newcastle but couldn’t get all three points over the line.

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

Top four – Spurs had the chance to break into the top four after Chelsea lost to West Brom, but in true Tottenham fashion, the Lilywhites fell well short of that aim. A shocking attempt to take advantage of dropped points from rivals.

The defence – Today was the epitome of Tottenham’s defensive issues. Kane on fire up front but Spurs didn’t have the solid platform to build from at the back. The central defenders were too far apart, Sanchez made way too many errors on the ball and the full-backs were sloppy at times. Tottenham just lack that one world-class leader to keep everyone else grounded.

The hidden downside to Kane – Spurs fans all want to see Harry Kane like this every week. However, the longer Kane continues to play incredible football with the defence falling short behind him, the more he may feel that he is destined for bigger things. Spurs need to play catch up with Harry’s quality this summer and give him the XI he deserves.

Width on the right – I’m not sure that Lo Celso was the right choice for Spurs on the right today. I feel as though he does his best work in the centre of the pitch from a deeper role. With Tanganga being a defensive right-back and Lo Celso cutting in, Spurs also had no source of width from the right.

Hugo! Hugo! Hugo! – The Frenchman has his critics but Lloris still has plenty to offer Spurs. That double save was a perfect example. I do feel as though the people who moan about Hugo will definitely miss him when he’s gone. The grass is not always greener.

Vinicius given the nod – Carlos Vinicius was given the nod again this afternoon after his impressive display against Villa. However, I just feel as though it wasn’t the game for him. Spurs didn’t take advantage of his height in the box with crosses and didn’t give him too many chances to hold the ball up and bring others into play. If you want to use him… use him.

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