Tottenham Hotspur boss Nuno Espirito Santo has admitted that the team’s lack of creativity is a ‘big concern’ after the hammering at Crystal Palace.
After three wins in a row to start the new league season, Tottenham came crashing back down to earth.
A dismal display got even worse when Japhet Tanganga was sent off. Palace took full advantage with Wilfried Zaha scoring from the spot before and Odsonne Edouard brace secured a 3-0 win.
There were plenty of problems with Tottenham’s display. Boss Nuno highlighted one of them, claiming that the lack of creativity is a ‘big concern’ having failed to test Palace.
“It is a big concern, we had enough quality and talent to play better,” Nuno told Football.London. “We didn’t do it, credit to Palace they were aggressive and they didn’t allow too much time on the ball. We lost duels, many, many situations that I think we should do much better. In terms of offensive, much improvement is required,” he added.
Just how little did Tottenham create amid Nuno comments?
There were a number of stats that sum it up. One of them is that Tottenham only recorded two key passes – passes directly leading to shots – against Palace.
The only players to register a key pass each were Sergio Reguilon and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Lucas Moura was the only Tottenham player to have any shots. Harry Kane didn’t even have a touch inside the Palace box.
Those stats just aren’t good enough. Tottenham simply had no adventure going forward at all and Nuno needs to find an answer.
Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn being out was a blow, but that’s not an excuse for such a tepid performance.
Eriksen sale still looms large
In truth, the 2020 sale of Christian Eriksen still hangs over Tottenham because they just haven’t replaced him.
Giovani Lo Celso hasn’t proven himself as a consistent creator. Tanguy Ndombele isn’t a natural number 10 and Dele Alli is better off the ball than on it.
Tottenham lack guile and imagination in the final third. Too often, Tottenham rely on Son or Kane to come up with a moment of magic.
Nuno and Fabio Paratici need to find a proper playmaker to bring to Tottenham in 2022. Eriksen’s importance just hasn’t been replaced, and Tottenham really miss somebody to link up play around the box.