Opinion: The five huge mistakes Pochettino made today in Everton draw

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have dropped points away from home yet again today as they threw away a 1-0 lead late on against Everton.

Dele Alli’s second-half goal wasn’t enough to secure all three points as Tosun’s header flew in during the 12-minutes of added time resulting from a horror Andre Gomes injury.

Here are the five huge mistakes I think Pochettino made today:

Not starting Foyth –

In my opinion, Foyth should be starting over Aurier every day of the week, with Walker-Peters on the bench and the Ivorian dropped from the squad. If Foyth is fit enough to start for Argentina then he can start for Spurs. He may not be the ideal right-back, but nothing can be worse than Aurier at the moment.

Putting Alli left mid –

Alli does not have the pace to be put on the wing. He couldn’t keep up with the full-back in terms of defending and he didn’t have the beating of him on the outside, making his play predictable. Eventually scored by venturing into a more central position. If Poch wants him back to his best, he needs to play him just behind a striker.

Continuing to choose Eriksen –

How this man is still making starting XIs I do not know. Pochettino should have been starting Lo Celso today or putting Alli in that central role and pushing Moura out wide. Eriksen is out of form and nearly out of contract. It’s time to phase him out.

Ndombele sub –

Poch took off Ndombele and put on Lo Celso after Spurs went 1-0 up. In my mind, you’re taking off a very physical central midfielder who can see a game out to put on a creative, far lighter weight player. Poch should have been taking Eriksen off for Lo Celso, then adding the likes of Dier to sure up the midfield if anyone.

Striker –

Playing Moura as a lone striker wasn’t the play today. It should have been Son from the start or the two of them up top together. I wouldn’t have minded seeing Alli up there as a centre-forward either. Spurs just had no out ball today and they lacked the creativity to get Moura in behind.

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  1. Add that to the mistakes Pochettino has been making every single match for a very long time and there can be only one conclusion. He’s not up to the job. 10 years in top flight management and no trophy tells you something. Ffs Spurs fans please stop singing ‘he’s magic’.

  2. Sadly, all of the above comments,suggestions are absolutly correct, I think Poch has run out of ideas, or maybe he’s battling with what he has at his disposal and ignoring the fact he has the likes of Troy Parrot to call upon among others, he should sideline the contract rebels, Aurier is a known liability although the latest incident may prove a turning point for him, we must wait and see, Alderweireld can’t pass a ball forward and looks indecisive most of the time, Sanches looks like a target waiting to be shot at, in fear of his life, and the rest of the team don’t push the ball forward whilst looking like they have been attacked before recieving the ball, scared as shit, time for change methinks?

  3. I like poch but now he is making the same mistakes all the time. He should of taken off Ericksen at half time for seggson he could of played lw and then Ali in the middle . Why is he playing Ericksen doesn’t do anything for the team

  4. I have to agree, reluctantly. Eriksen still being chosen is wrong. Poche’s decision making seems to be getting worse -seems like panic to me.


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