Opinion: The five Spurs stars who let the team down against Man United

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur returned to action last night against Manchester United in the Premier League, their first taste of competitive football in three months.

While they opened the scoring through Steven Bergwijn, they conceded late on to a Fernandes penalty to see the points shared in North London.

Let’s take a look at the five Spurs stars who let the team down:

Harry Kane – Did not look effective or capable of scoring a goal at all last night. He is still getting some minutes in those legs after six months out, which is understandable. However, he should have made it clear to Mourinho that he was struggling as he barely moved beyond the 65-minute mark.

Heung-min Son – Much like Kane, Son barely offered anything in attack last night. He also negated his defensive duties when Wan Bissaka overlapped a few times. I was expecting him to be a bit fitter than most after military training, but he was disappointing.

Erik Lamela – He worked hard but, as the main creative spark in the XI, he didn’t create anything. The few times he did turn on the ball and drive at the defence, he misplaced the final ball. Better as an impact sub and rotational player.

Serge Aurier – He looked a mess on the ball last night. His touch was way off and he lost it way too many times. He also left a lot to be desired when it came to his defending, as usual. I just do not see what he offers the team in attack or defence.

Eric Dier – For a long time, it felt as if I was going to be able to write a positive piece about Dier at centre back. He enjoyed a fantastic 65 minutes and kept Martial quiet throughout. However, one lapse in concentration allowed Pogba in and Dier found himself on the wrong side before giving the referee a decision to make. These mistakes cannot happen in the centre of a top-six defence and certainly not as often as Dier makes them.

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