“They just didn’t do that” – Micah Richards highlights Spurs’ creative issues against West Ham

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Micah Richards
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Micah Richards has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur failed to take any risks during the second half of their Premier League match against West Ham United yesterday afternoon.

Tottenham had good chances to go ahead in the London derby during the first half through Harry Kane and Heung-min Son but were unable to captialise.

Following the interval, any sign of threatening the West Ham goal dried up with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side failing to have a shot on target whilst also only managing nine touches in the opposition penalty area.

The former Manchester City defender believes that Tottenham lacked width to their game and tried to play in the same areas of the pitch without causing a problem for the Hammers and should be looking to move the ball quicker.

Richards told BBC’s Match of the Day 2 show when asked about Spurs’ 63.2 per cent possession stats in the second half: “Yeah, all going to the same spot as Wrighty [Ian] highlighted there.  They needed the width and they needed to move the ball quicker and today they just didn’t do that.

“Take a few more chances, get the ball in there as soon as possible.”

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Tottenham’s lack of creativity and urgency was clear for all to see with the side clearly having no idea of how to break down their opponents.

While Christian Eriksen did have a difficult nine months towards the end of his Spurs career, it is evident that the club have failed to replace the Dane with a creative spark who can influence the play in the final third of the pitch.

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