I was actually very impressed with the Spurs performance up until a point against Leicester at the weekend, despite the eventual loss.
I thought that the Lilywhites approached the away match against a difficult opponent with a good attitude and tempo from the get-go.
However, while a number of players stood out, some Spurs figures did let the side down in my opinion:
Victor Wanyama –
He wasn’t on the pitch for long but he left a lasting effect on the game. Wanyama looked a mile away from any other player out there with regards to fitness and sharpness. I don’t think he should ever have been sent on in that 1-0 environment. Within two minutes of him coming on, Leicester scored. He was then directly at fault for the Maddison winner as he got sucked out of position, leaving the attacker a free run to the edge of the box. Not good enough.
Paulo Gazzaniga –
His first match back into the team this season and it came unexpectedly due to the birth of Hugo Lloris’ child. However, that does little to excuse the fact that Gazzaniga was riddled with errors and nerves this weekend. He was very fortunate that Leicester’s first goal was ruled offside after he spilt a tame shot and he never really recovered from that mistake. I know this guy can do better.
Mauricio Pochettino –
Unfortunately, the gaffer makes the list this week. While I believe that he set the team up wonderfully from the first minute, he did not adapt well to the game at all. Sending Wanyama on when Spurs were on top at 1-0 was a mistake with the margins still so narrow in the match. Spurs needed fresh and sharp legs, not an unfit Wanyama who has barely played in a year. After the match went to 1-1 and then 2-1, Poch also gave the likes of Eriksen and Moura little to no time to make a difference. He should have made those subs at 1-0 to kill the game, but instead he had to chase it late on.
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