Opinion: Tottenham’s three winners and three losers of the week

It was confirmed this week, it will be a fourteenth consecutive season without a major trophy for Tottenham Hotspur. The pain continues!

After an impressive display against Leeds at Elland Road, it counted for nothing as Tottenham then went and got themselves knocked out of the FA Cup just four days later.

As usual, one step forward followed by two steps back for Tottenham. So which players took those steps forward and which players took two steps backwards.


Harry Kane

It just seems to be getting a bit repetitive now. It truly feels as if Harry Kane is our last world-class player left.

Although he wasn’t at his best against Middlesbrough, the England captain was truly sensational against Leeds.

He ran the show from start to finish with sublime passing and a fantastic finish to get himself a goal.

We won the match 4-0, and without him, I reckon we might have lost to Leeds. This says everything about Kane and the quality of our squad at the moment.

Dejan Kulusevski

Another player who finds himself on this list for the second week in a row, really highlighting our lack of quality throughout the squad.

I thought Dejan was impressive against Leeds, working well in a tight angle to get himself his second premier league goal in three starts. He also just seemed to fit so perfectly in that front three alongside Kane and Son.

His movement and passing are exciting aspects of his game. In the FA Cup defeat, I think he was one of the better players on the pitch. He created two big chances, both missed by Son. Yet for some reason, it was Dejan who was brought off instead of Son. A strange decision.

Matt Doherty

This is a player who is really beginning to turn things around in my eyes. He was defensively solid against Leeds and even helped himself to a goal and assist.

He played a brilliant ball to Sessegnon, which should have been converted and given Doherty his second assist of the match.

Going forward for the remainder of the season I want to see Doherty in that number one spot.


Son Heung-Min

This one is hard to write and such a shock! I know he got a goal against Leeds, however, after his performance against Middlesbrough, he was always going to find himself on this list.

Everyone has off nights, but Son was truly awful. He didn’t seem himself and missed some key chances which would have won us the game.

I know he will bounce back, but sometimes it is tough because when Son is bad, he is bad.

Harry Winks

Winks did not have a great game against Middlesbrough by any stretch of the imagination. It is safe to say no one wants to see a midfield pairing of him and Højbjerg ever again.

Throughout the match, Winks did not win a single ground duel, aerial duel and was dribbled past more times than the rest of the Spurs team combined.

In a game against Championship opposition, it is quite pathetic that he could not impose himself on the match.

Simply anonymous.

Emerson Royal

This last loser could be several players really, but it must be Emerson Royal for his involvement with the goal conceded this week.

Despite only being used as a substitute this week, Royal still finds himself on this list. I am honestly not sure how the Brazilian was ever picked up by Barcelona.

You could point the finger at a number of players for the goal we conceded against Middlesbrough, but it was Emerson’s poor positioning that kept the Boro youngster onside.

I truly hope that those travelling fans are refunded after that shocking performance. I watched the game for free on the BBC and I still feel as if I am owed a refund.

It is top 4 or bust this season, and that is not good.

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