Tottenham Hotspur were defeated by Watford on Sunday afternoon in a fixture which burst the proverbial bubble containing their title aspirations, and the supporters were eager to fire criticism in the direction of plenty of players.
Football is truly a funny old game sometimes: one night you’re smashing the most successful team in recent Premier League history in their own back yard, the next, losing away at a club whom have failed to finish higher than 13th in the top-flight since 1987.
Sure, it must be considered that, like Tottenham, Watford were donning a 100% record from their opening 3 fixtures prior to their clash at Vicarage Road, but on the back of a 3-0 win at Old Trafford it was a game which Spurs supporters were fully expecting to win.
But they didn’t. Goals from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart were enough for the Hornets to sting Tottenham’s title dream and secure a 2-1 victory for Javi Gracia – a manager who is certainly beginning to become a fan-favourite at the club.
In the aftermath of proceedings our very own Ally Darlow took a look at the reaction on Twitter, and he found plenty of Tottenham supporters taking aim at a whole host of their own players, including Christian Eriksen (valued at £72 million by Transfermarkt).
Indeed, the backlash was so strong that two supporters even called for him to sit out their huge clash against Liverpool after the international break: one fan stated Eriksen ‘needs to be dropped’ whilst another claimed the great Dane ‘needs to be benched’.
There’s no doubt that Eriksen has been playing below his true potential so far this season, but Spurs supporters need to remember that he possesses a level of creative quality which is unrivalled in Pochettino’s squad.
Without Eriksen’s presence in attacking midfield Spurs would undoubtedly be missing a crucial component in their attack and they would be desperately devoid of ideas if he was dropped for the Liverpool game.
Liverpool have conceded just 1 goal from their opening 4 fixtures this season and that only arrived due to a calamitous error from Alisson, so if Spurs want to unlock their sturdy defence and take anything away from Anfield they will need to deploy Eriksen in a number ten role where he can influence the game between the lines of midfield and defence.
Tottenham fans – thoughts? Let us know below!