A cloud of disappointment loomed over the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Tottenham Hotspur endured their fifth consecutive winless encounter in the Premier League, succumbing 1-2 to West Ham United.
The Ange Postecoglou revolution was anticipated to be a thrilling journey, yet the recurring trend of relinquishing leads in the Premier League over five consecutive matches suggests a worrying pattern that may define these initial vulnerable months.
Here is a list of three underwhelming performers in Tottenham’s downturn in form.
The Italian International displayed ample energy down the left against West Ham but committed a crucial error with a poorly executed back-pass in the second half, leading to West Ham’s second goal. This moment significantly shifted the game in the visitors’ favor.
Endured a sloppy day against Manchester City last Sunday, giving away possession a couple of times in the first half, contributing to City’s third goal. His return to the team after suspension was lackluster, with a quiet performance against West Ham on Wednesday night.
While not at his disruptive best, the 27-year-old maintained tidiness in possession but missed a chance to test Fabianski with a high and wide shot.
The Brazilian faced a challenging moment 12 minutes into the game against City, last Sunday, losing the ball as Haaland missed an open goal opportunity.
Despite contributing positively defensively when Spurs were under pressure, he had several sloppy moments, including a loose pass resulting in Alvarez hitting the left-hand post. Notably, Postecoglou opted not to start the Brazilian in the game against West Ham, a decision that proved prudent.
While Tottenham exhibit a penchant for a vigorous start and often take the lead in games, holding onto that advantage has recently posed a substantial challenge.
Among the Premier League’s top seven, Tottenham have conceded the highest number of goals (22), experiencing a six-game drought without a clean sheet.
According to a stat by Squawka, Spurs have now dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in Europe’s top seven divisions so far this season (16)
In their preceding four games before Wednesday night’s loss to West Ham, Tottenham consistently took the lead but faced unfavorable outcomes – losses against Chelsea, Wolves, and Aston Villa, and a commendable draw against City underscores their penchant for not holding unto leads.
However, the truth remains that Spurs showcased exceptional football in the first half against The Hammers, creating numerous opportunities that, if capitalized upon, should have secured a comfortable lead by halftime. The lack of a decisive touch in the final third resulted in missed chances, and with an injury-ridden squad, sustaining momentum for the full 90 minutes proved challenging.
Postecoglou has reason to worry about the team’s struggles, as a combination of inefficiency in front of goal and defensive susceptibility could cost them a top-four finish.
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