Ndombele’s nightmare week continues
Tanguy Ndombele really hasn’t had a good few weeks in north London.
Dropped for the Carabao Cup final by Ryan Mason after a couple of poor performances beforehand, the Frenchman has had to make do with a place on the bench in recent games with Giovani Lo Celso instead preferred.
Ndombele has been given game time in Spurs’ past two fixture, but a grand total of 18 minutes in the Leeds and Wolves fixtures was barely enough time for him to get into the match on both occasions.
Missing out on France’s Euro 2020 squad on Tuesday when Didier Deschamps named his 26 players for the tournament, the talented midfielder received a further blow just under 24 hours later when it was confirmed he would be on the bench again for Spurs.
Looking like the man to replace Lo Celso in midfield if Mason was to make a change in the engine room, Harry Winks was the player who instead came in against Aston Villa.
The team news didn’t exactly go down well with supporters and many made their feelings clear on social media.
The Frenchman did enter the fray with 15 minutes to go but he just couldn’t help Spurs turn things around.
Ndombele will now be counting down the days until the new manager comes in so he can take his place on the pitch from the off once again.
What Tottenham fans did for Kane
There was only one topic of conversation amongst Tottenham fans ahead of kick-off and that was Harry Kane’s future.
Linked with a move away to Europe’s biggest clubs in the past, reports on Monday evening claimed that he has now asked the club to leave this summer.
Well, Spurs fans were just never going to turn on their main man given the speculation and they made their feelings crystal clear to the frontman ahead of kick-off.
Getting a huge ovation when the teams were read out shortly before the 6pm start, those inside the ground then sung ‘Harry Kane, he’s one of our own’ as soon as the game kicked off.
Unfortunately he couldn’t boost his tally for the season as Spurs lost an important game in the battle for Europe.
Worth the wait
Tottenham fans have had to wait a long time to see Steven Bergwijn find the back of the net this season.
Failing to net in his 33 appearances prior to Wednesday’s game against Aston Villa, the Dutchman looked far from a player low on confidence as he found the top corner with a stunning effort.
A regular under Jose Mourinho on the right wing at the start of the season, the January 2020 signing had fallen out of favour in recent months before Mason restored him to the matchday squad.
However, he looked a bit more like his old self in the clash against Villa as he managed to avoid going through a whole season without a goal.
The goal really could do wonders for him going into next season and he will be doing all he can this week at Hotspur Way to remain in the side against Leicester on the final day.
Sergio Reguilon has not had the best month or so after making such an impression at the start of the season following his summer move.
Impressing at the weekend against Wolves as he played a key part in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s goal with some great play down the left, the Spaniard just didn’t kick on after what should have been a bit of a confidence booster for him.
Instead, Reguilon had a stinker.
Scoring a comical own goal after giving Hugo Lloris no chance when he sliced a cross that came into the box, he then had a role in Villa’s second after twice failing to clear his lines before Ollie Watkins punished him.
Ben Davies may not be exactly be flavour of the month with some Tottenham fans but his experience has proved vital to the team in recent years and Spurs may well have not conceded those goals had he played.
However, the Welshman is injured at present and it means Reguilon stays in the team with no other left-backs to choose from.
One pass that caused a whole lot of problems
Tottenham’s defensive problems have been there for all to see over the course of the season.
Mourinho, who earned a reputation for building his most successful teams on solid backlines, couldn’t even solve the problem himself and constantly changed his defensive about looking for his perfect combination.
Mason has kept faith with Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld at the back since his appointment but a bit of consistency in terms of his selection still hasn’t helped find an answer.
John McGinn, who was excellent in midfield on Wednesday evening, laid bare the team’s problems just after the restart with one simple piece of play.
All it took was a long ball over the top to open things up as both Japhet Tanganga and Alderweireld were out of position to allow Anwar El Ghazi to breeze through on goal.
Thankfully the Belgian international got back just in time to get a vital block in and stop the attacker from adding a third for the visitors.
Spurs’ defensive woes were then later exposed again with Bertrand Traore waltzing through the middle of the pitch unchallenged to get in a good position on the edge of the box.
One thing for sure is the problem must be fixed over the summer or it will continue to prove costly to the team’s hopes going forward.
Source by Football London