Did any Spurs players do themselves justice against Southampton?

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Michel Vorm – 6 – He did not pull off any impressive saves in the absence of Lloris today but he was behind all the shots on the target from Southampton. He did not expect Sanchez’s own goal so he can’t be faulted, and there wasn’t much for him to do there.

Serge Aurier – 4 – A very poor performance from the right back, which was a trend amongst his teammates today. He was given little to no protection by Sissoko today which made his job much harder but he was so naïve leaving acres of space behind him for Southampton players to exploit. He was a bit better with more protection in the second half but he was never an attacking threat.

Jan Vertonghen – 6 – He was the better of the centre-backs today as he was more composed and showed a calm presence. He was let down by his midfielders today as he was exposed in more than one occasion.

Davinson Sanchez – 4 – Probably the Colombian’s worst performance in this Spurs side as he was poor from the start. He was sloppy with his clearances and was not confident in his tackles. He scored an unfortunate own goal but he did not do much to make up for his mistake.

Ben Davies – 6 – A solid performance from the left-back in my opinion as he was constantly bombing forward to provide an outlet while keeping tabs on his defensive duties. However, his crosses always seemed to hit the first defender except for a beautiful cross for Sissoko in the first half which should have been an assist.

Eric Dier – 5 – An unusually poor performance from the midfield for Dier as he provided neither the necessary defensive protection nor the accomplished passing we have gotten used to. He almost scored in the first half when he hit the post from a corner.

Mousa Dembele – 5 – He gets a 5 because of his usual smooth and strong midfield runs but apart from those the Belgian was a disappointment. He was not strong enough in his tackles, committing numerous fouls, and was very lucky to stay on the pitch for as long as he did. His passing also left a lot to desire as he broke down many Tottenham attacks.

Moussa Sissoko – 3 – It is so difficult to understand why Pochettino replaced Eriksen with Sissoko in the starting XI. The Frenchman is not a good player, let alone a creative one, and this certainly showed with the team lacking the spark in the attacking third. He did not even show the qualities he is known for, his strength and athleticism, and left Aurier with zero protection in the first half. This, of course, was the main reason for the Southampton goal.

Son Heung-Min – 3 – It all went wrong for the Korean today as he did not seem to be on the ball more than 3-4 seconds at a time all game. He gave the ball away cheaply at every turn, and his passes and runs were always a little off.

Dele Alli – 4 – His energy and desire was there from the start but the execution was just not there for him today. His passing improved in the second half and he almost provided the assist for a Kane winner but it wasn’t to be.

Harry Kane – 7 – It was a very well taken goal for Kane again but he should have had two today as his miss at the death was so unlike him. His energy was a bit down as well but he still provided an outlet for his team, and his passing and hold up play were very good.

Subs

Erik Lamela – 5 – He should have definitely started the game as his introduction sparked his team to attack more in the last 20 minutes. He had a glorious opportunity to win the game for his team as well, but he was blocked in the last second.

Kieran Trippier – 5 – His crossing would have been useful towards the end when Spurs were bombing players forward but he was not much involved for unknown reasons.

Victor Wanyama – N/R

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7 COMMENTS

  1. A poor show not one good player and some really poor ones,no pace no guile no finish
    Every thing u expect from a spurs team sadly

  2. Clearly if we want to build a world class team to challenge for champions league honours or win the EPL, we need to find better quality players to replace his sissoko, lorentte, Trippier and Ben Davies…cannot spare the expense

  3. Sissoko over Lamela, do me a favour! Dier isn’t up to it and Alli needs dropping and proving himself from the bench. Stump up the wages before we lose the quality we have and replace the average players above!

  4. just a bad day all round Southampton looked the more likely to win this one Spurs looked clueless at times i thought Dembele was sure to get a red card like a one man wreaking ball ive tried to love Sissoko but its time he moved on he is not a spurs type player no style at all

  5. A pretty grim performance all round.Horrendous conditions true,but the same for both sides and the Saints were better than us on the day.There is still deadwood to be culled from our squad,but the absence of any activity in this window would indicate that nothing will happen until the summer at least.By that time the possibility of no CL would impact on recruitment.
    Sissoko must go.Why he starts is beyond me,he offers absolutely nothing to the team.I can only conclude he is Poch’s love child to get so many appearances under his belt this season.Even the inquiries about him seem to have dried up.

  6. It seems to me we need a plan b and while levy is in charge who won’t spend we will not progress as we are only top six the other five have moved on new faces needed and some moved on with tough games coming up and new tactic:s needed?

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