Three Tottenham players who were not good enough today against Man City

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Tottenham Hotspur may have scraped a point away to City tonight and they should be praised for their guts and determination. However, few could praise them on their attacking performance against the Champions, especially in the first half.

I am a firm believer that the team just needs time to find their groove, especially with new first-team players to come in, but they were a long way off it today.

Let’s take a look at the three standout Tottenham players who failed to make the grade today:

Kyle Walker-Peters –

The young right-back did a lot of things well today, especially with the ball at his feet. However, off the ball, he left a lot to be desired. I’m not sure if he was told by Pochettino to play narrow or not, but he constantly gave Sterling then run on him and was caught out by balls in behind on numerous occasions. He doesn’t quite look comfortable in the right-back berth just yet, but I suppose we have to forgive him some mistakes against the Champions.

Harry Kane –

Barely featured today. Always seemed to be on the move, but barely got past a slight job out there. You could probably count his touches on one hand and he fed off scraps in front of goal. While he had a similar match against Villa, there was no brace at the end of it today. Let’s hope he is just working his way up at the start of this season.

Davinson Sanchez –

I feel a little bad for including Sanchez because he actually defended rather well at times, especially with his positioning for crosses. However, he still just makes me nervous at the back. He gets sucked in and rolled far too often and isn’t too great at covering his full-back when needed. Sanchez is still young, but I couldn’t help myself thinking at times ‘Vertonghen would have dealt with that’.

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  1. Well said Jon but don’t expect Seb to be critical of Rose who he has misguided delusions of being a club legend.

    We definitely got lucky today and were not good enough keeping possession of the ball for most of the game.

    However we stuck in there and although the performance wasn’t great, it feels brilliant to leave City with a point when last season we would be critical of losing again in the last few minutes of a game.

    If we are to be genuine contenders for the title we have to perform a lot better than we did against City.

  2. I actually don’t know why you guys are sniping at the writer here, I thought his assessment was accurate in many regards KWP for all his efforts is still getting caught out blatantly positionally speaking (e.g. was know where near or aware of Stirling for the first City goal). Kane went missing once again, and has a habit of doing this in big games! And even the journalist admits listing Sanchez here was in some ways harsh owing to the fact he did a lot of good defending. That said though he also makes a compelling point about the Columbians tendency to get sucked in. On that point I 100% agree Sanchez has a habit of making rash decisions which can prove all too costly, and to get better he needs to eradicate this side of his game. Perhaps experience will improve him in time, but he needs to learn these lessons fast to become a top defender! BTW not sure why your having a go at Danny Rose, for me he is a Spurs legend and still one of the best left backs in Europe!


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