Opinion: The three players who let Tottenham down today against Norwich

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur let in another two goals under Jose Mourinho tonight as they drew 2-2 with Norwich City in the Premier League.

The draw meant that Spurs wasted the chance to break into the top four this evening, as a win would have elevated them above Chelsea on goal difference.

Unsurprisingly, my three stand out poor performers all come in the Tottenham defence tonight on an evening where defending cost Spurs yet another win.

Serge Aurier –

How bad was Aurier tonight? I think that his new wing-back position has brushed the defender’s liabilities under the carpet for the past month, but they shone through tonight. In the first half, Serge was a nothing player, offering little going forward but also next to nothing in the way of defensive support. In the second 45, he was pushed into a back four and we could see just how bad he is at defending again. The own goal was the cherry on top of a woeful performance.

Jan Vertonghen –

You can excuse Vertonghen’s lack of pace and the fact that he is often playing out of position, but it was just a total lack of defensive awareness tonight. How he let the ball travel all that way and still allowed Pukki in for his offside goal, I will never know. As one of the most experienced defenders out there, Vertonghen should not be finding himself hooked at half time.

Juan Foyth – 

Having to include Foyth here is a real shame, because there were moments in the match where he played really well. He was strong, tricky, and read the game well for the most part, but we can’t ignore that mistake. Foyth always seems to want to make a situation a little more complicated than it needs to be, and you simply cannot do that in a back three and in your own half. He wasted his big chance to impress Mourinho.

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