Match of the Day 2 pundit Alan Shearer said, via Football.London, that Leicester City clearly identified Tottenham Hotspur full-backs Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier as weaknesses in Spurs’ 3-1 win at Wembley on Sunday, and he was particularly critical about the latter.
Well, the north London outfit knew that they needed three points to remain in the Premier League title hunt following Liverpool’s straightforward success against Bournemouth at Anfield the previous day, but they certainly will have considered themselves fortunate to take all three points against the Foxes.
The visitors had their fair share of chances including a missed penalty from Jamie Vardy and some wayward finishing from Harvey Barnes, and Shearer was left unimpressed with Trippier from a defensive point of view in particular as he was caught out time and time again.
The Newcastle legend told MOTD2, via Football.London: “They knew [Kieran] Trippier and [Danny] Rose were going to play high, give Tottenham the width, and Trippier did not get inside to cover.
“Poor positioning. Quick ball through, in behind the full-back position. Should do better.”
Despite being a solid player for Tottenham in recent years and enjoying a brilliant 2018 World Cup with England, the 28-year-old simply hasn’t been up to scratch this term.
The full-back has struggled from a defensive point of view in particular – as he did again against Claude Puel’s men – and weak performances in those areas is something that the north London outfit can’t continue to get away with if they are serious about winning the Premier League title.
With no disrespect to Leicester a better team would probably have picked Spurs off at the weekend, and Trippier needs to up his game in the coming weeks.
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