We were again very tidy. This may not be the entertaining football some Tottenham Hotspur fans want, but it’s sensible football as we look to rebuild. We gave little away in terms of chances, and created a few ourselves. With a bit more sharpness, our strikers could have scored more, but rust is to be expected.
I am usually one of Aurier’s biggest critics, but he was a MotM contender last night. It’s up to him to show if he can sustain that level of performance. I personally have my doubts, but credit where it is due. In fact, the whole back four played well, and Dier is starting to show what he can do at CB.
My biggest disappointment was Lucas. It’s another season of underwhelming returns. Some posters defend him vehemently and have cited all sorts of reasons to justify his shortcomings (lack of opportunities, system, etc).
He’s had more than enough chances under Jose, and has 7 goals and 3 assists to his name in 40 appearances this season (4 goals in 28 PL games). With the emergence of Bergwijn, realistically he’s not going to start in our best 11, and we know that he’s not great coming off the bench. As a squad player, I think Lamela offers more because of his defensive work rate, and so I am struggling to see where he fits in the squad going forward.
Personally, if we were looking to sell players to fund a transfer kitty this summer, Lucas Moura would be very near the top of the list of players I’d be willing to part with. We’ll always have the memories of Amsterdam, but he can’t coast on that memory forever.
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