Jamie O’Hara has criticised the performances of Dele Alli and Bryan Gil in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Southampton.
Antonio Conte made three changes to the starting eleven at St Mary’s from the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.
One of the changes saw Alli come into the starting eleven in place of Oliver Skipp in midfield as Conte tweaked his formation once again.
The England international struggled to get into the game and was replaced by Lucas Moura just past the hour mark.
Gil was introduced late on for Emerson Royal as Spurs were throwing bodies forward in search of a winner against ten-men Southampton.
While the Spaniard had some promising moments, he did not quite manage to deliver the required quality in the final third.
O’Hara praised Southampton’s effort but insisted Conte’s men did not have the cutting edge to break down the Saints in the second half.
The former Spurs midfielder told Sky Sports News (28/12/21 at 5:05 pm): “For me, I think Antonio Conte will be disappointed that they haven’t actually won the game.
“Southampton worked hard. They gave everything. In the second half, they were resilient and they tried to stop Spurs.
“They didn’t have quite enough cutting edge to really put them away, which they probably should have.
“There were some average performances from Dele Alli and Bryan Gil, he come on and wasn’t great – but from the start of Antonio Conte’s reign, it has been a very impressive start.”
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I thought Gil did trouble the Saints defence when he came on as he was the only one who looked to take players on one vs one. I was surprised that Conte did not bring on Ndombele in the second half to add some much-needed penetration to our midfield.
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