Never looked like scoring.
We made it way too easy for Spurs really but in essence, I agree that the performance was okay for the most part. It's not games like these that bother me so much about Puel, it's his approach to games like Fulham, Burnley, West Ham, etc... that is really problematic. Losing or drawing these such games in the manner we have been doing has an effect on the players. When they then have to play against much better sides such as tonight, there is no confidence left in the tank.I'm sure there will be plenty of over the top reactions to this result, some already.
But that wasn't a bad performance.
Spurs are a better team than us, plain and simple. We tried to keep it tight and did fairly well. A moment of brilliance from Son spoilt that. It wasn't a whole lot wrong with the defending on that one. A great finish on his weaker foot, hard to stop.
We defended pretty well, showed plenty of application to keep going and closed down throughout, but we simply don't have the quality up top in a side without Vardy (and Mahrez). Simple as that.
I don't think that is Puel's fault. At least nto tactically on the day.
mate he caused the rut last yearThat performance highlights 2 important things for me.
1) How poor our recruitment continues to be. We seem obsessed with trying to get bargains from abroad, but they are either clearly unsuitable or take too long to adapt. Madison is one of the few successful transfers and shows the benefit of getting players who know the football and the culture and can fit straight in.
This has been a problem since Walsh left and whoever is responsible needs to be replaced if the club is going to move forward. I don't know how responsible Puel is for this, but clearly changes need making with our scouting and infrastructure.
2) Puel doesn't have a coherent plan B. While his selection options are severely limited, and I don't blame him for mixing things up, it has become clear that the players are not well prepared for the changes he makes, and some of the changes seem to be ignorant of players abilities.
While I have defended Puel and continue to praise him for the development of some of our young players, and I think he did a reasonable job stopping the rot last season, reflecting on this season I now believe the club should be actively looking at replacing him. I do not know who realistically would replace him, but at least we are comfortably in mid table and can afford to take time getting it right.
agreed we went on a winning spree then he implemented what we have now, a good manager would have developed a hybrid version of what have and as for Iheanacho his selection is inexplicable.I disagree. We were in real danger of relegation when he joined. I think he stabilised things, but is not capable of progressing any further.
Agree with that, we got a really good bump from getting rid of Shakespeare, beating Everton, Spurs, Southampton and Newcastle in the following month or so. Had a great draw at home to Man U too. We played some really nice football in the lead up to Christmas, helped massively by Mahrez obviously. I don’t know why he wouldn’t take a hint from that, seeing how would could savage teams on the counter attack. It feels like he’s done everything he can to stifle that kind of football.I disagree. We were in real danger of relegation when he joined. I think he stabilised things, but is not capable of progressing any further.
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