Rio Ferdinand has said that Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo will have been ‘going bananas’ at the passive nature of his midfield during the club’s 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace.
Before the defeat, Tottenham had enjoyed a perfect start to life in the Premier League this season – winning three out of three without conceding a goal.
However, Nuno’s side had a miserable trip to South London on Saturday where they fell 3-0 to Patrick Viera’s new-look Palace team.
Spurs, albeit damaged by absent players, offered next to nothing in an offensive sense and only managed to muster one shot on target throughout the entire ninety minutes.
Despite a good start in terms of results, a lack of attacking creativity is a theme rife throughout the start of this season – Nuno’s side have only created one big chance in the opening four games.
Ferdinand has suggested that this will be a cause of concern and even called out midfield players Oliver Skipp and Harry Winks.
He said on BT Sport (11/09, 1:20 pm): “The Spurs manager must be going bananas.
“He’ll be seeing this analysis, he’ll be seeing it live himself.
“You’ll see it when they’re playing, they’re very very passive. Skipp and Winks have both had a couple of opportunities each to just play it.”
A lack of creativity from deep is probably the biggest issue in this Spurs side at the moment. Nuno’s side does not have a midfielder, bar Ndombele, comfortable with getting on the ball and making things happen. It isn’t Hojbjerg and Skipp’s game – this issue may be Ndombele’s calling to get back in this side.
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