Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas has been speaking on Match of the Day 2 to share his analysis on the Lilywhites’ defeat to Arsenal.
Tottenham have only won at the Emirates Stadium once in the Premier League, and the points on Sunday were all but won by half time as Spurs trailed 3-0 at the break.
Nuno in or Nuno out?
Spurs were able to find the back of the net for just the fourth time this season in the second half. However, there were clear issues in Tottenham’s setup as they found themselves unable to stop Arsenal’s first-half rout.
Discussing the contrast between the opening three games of the Premier League season and the previous three games, Jenas had the following to say on his concerns.
“I suppose these three [wins] here, for me, papered over the cracks as to kind of what actually was the reality of what was going on at Tottenham.
“I think [they were] brilliant against [Manchester] City, don’t get me wrong, but in the other games, I think the performances didn’t warrant their league position at that time.
“But the big worry for me today – this is the type of game where people would say to as a player that you don’t care, you don’t understand, you don’t care. And trust me, there were some performances in there today that were poor, that were terrible.
“I mean, Dele [Alli] was poor, [Tanguy] Ndombele was shocking, [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg, Harry Kane, there’s a number of names I could go through, trust me, but just to name a few. [Heung-min] Son as well was really poor.
“But the bigger concern was I was watching a team who didn’t have a clue what they were doing, and that falls on the manager, unfortunately. With or without the ball, they did not know what they were doing.”
TIF Thoughts on Tottenham’s start to the season…
The season got off to a brilliant start for the new Tottenham boss from a results point of view. However, it seems those three consecutive victories papered over the cracks in N17.
Tottenham have scored just four goals in the Premier League this season. To put that into context, winless Newcastle United have now scored on seven occasions this term.
Considering Daniel Levy stated the club would bring in a manager who would bring back ‘free-flowing, attacking and entertaining’ football to Spurs, their lacklustre start in front of goal is all the more galling.