Tottenham Hotspur suffered a shock defeat on Sunday to Newcastle at home despite dominating proceedings throughout the game.
79.8% – Tottenham had 79.8% possession in their 0-1 defeat to Newcastle; the second-highest figure for a losing side in the Premier League since 2003-04, behind only Liverpool's 80.4% against Burnley in August 2016. Nullified. pic.twitter.com/sCoR81zPy3
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Their poor League form stretches back to last season as they have only won 7 of their last 21 games, losing 11 and drawing 3 in all competitions. They have won 4 of their last 15 games in the League.
They lost to an out of sorts Newcastle team that had not won yet in the Premier League an does not want Steve Bruce as their manager.
This season, their performances have been substandard and below par from the Tottenham that we know and the reason without a doubt is the absence of playmaker Christian Eriksen in the side from the start.
Against Aston Villa, Tottenham needed to come from behind to get the win on match week one. They had to call upon the services of the Danish playmaker who came on and changed the game.
Against Newcastle, almost the same thing happened. They were trailing and the arrival if Eriksen off the bench shook things up though they were unable to win the match.
Eriksen has refused to sign a new contract at White Hart Lane desire to leave the club in search of a new challenge made manager Mauricio Pochetinno place him on the bench claiming he is ‘unsettled’.
Any player who is actually unsettled will not affect a game the way Eriksen has. Granted, he has expressed his desire to leave the team but while he is on the team, he is arguably Spurs’ most important player.
Manchester United also have this problem with Paul Pogba who publicly expressed his desire to leave Old Trafford but a move did not materialise.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went on to have a meeting with him where the Frenchman told his manager that he will give his best this season to the Club’s goals.
Wilfried Zaha did not get the move he wanted this past transfer window either but the team had a meeting and the winger agreed to give his all for the Club until the gets his transfer eventually.
Compared to all these instances, Pochetinno is not handling the Eriksen situation well enough.
He also has Jan Vertongen on the sidelines because of the same issue with Davinson Sanchez playing. The Columbian was to blame for the goal they conceded as well. That simply adds salt to the Argentine manager’s wounds.
Christian Eriksen has spent so many years at the Club and has an affinity with the fans. This is reason enough to convince him to stay and give his all till the right offer comes.
Maybe putting Eriksen on the sidelines is trying to help Tottenham cope with life without him but that is not working at the moment. They need to continue relying on the 27-year-old until he leaves the Club.