Tottenham Hotspur recorded their first loss of the season this week as theg whimpered to a 1-0 result at home to Newcastle.
This comes after a 3-1 win over Aston Villa and a hard-fought away point against Man City.
Here are the five things we learned from Tottenham’s latest loss.
Spurs are not title challengers
If you want to win a title at the moment, you can only afford to lose a few games in an entire season. The likes of Man City and Liverpool are far too good and too consistent for Spurs to be complacient and still expect to mix it with the big dogs. A lack of effort, desire, and skill, the gap in class is already evident yet again this season.
Too soon for Walker-Peters
It was a gamble that I respect from Pochettino once Spurs signed no new right-backs this summer. Kyle Walker-Peters definitely earned a chance to impress as a first-choice at the start of the campaign, but he has fallen short in my opinion. A long-term understudy, but a way off being good enough for the first XI.
Error in judgement from Poch
Tottenham were a long way from their strongest XI today at the new stadium. Alli and Ndombele injured. Vertonghen and Eriksen on the bench. Spurs lacked creativity moving forward and solidity at the back. I have no idea why Poch is refusing the start the club’s best defender, but the issue must be resolved to avoid a thrashing at Arsenal.
An insight into life without Eriksen
There was no spark, no energy, no movement, no final ball. Tottenham struggled to even get a shot off, yet alone one on target. They look completely lost without Eriksen pulling the strings and he made an impact from the bench yet again this week. Spurs simply must convince him to sign a new deal and get him back in the starting XI.
Still in pre-season
For three weeks now, Tottenham have looked as if they were still in pre-season. Even on an off day, Spurs are always famed for their effort and fitness on the pitch. However, today there was neither. On a hot summer’s day, the Spurs lads looked zapped from minute one and were unable to muster the energy to create a sniff at a goal.
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