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Southampton: Walcott awful in defeat vs Spurs

Southampton slipped to a late defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening to continue their awful run of form in the Premier League so far this year.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side produced a promising first-half display which saw them take a 1-0 lead into half-time thanks to Danny Ings’ header from James Ward-Prowse’s corner.

However, all the good work from the first 45 came undone at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Gareth Bale equalised shortly after the hour mark, before Heung-Min Son’s late penalty sealed the win for Ryan Mason’s side.

Although there were several poor performances on show once again from the Saints, one man who particularly disappointed was Theo Walcott.

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As per SofaScore, the former Arsenal man would earn a poor 6.4/10 rating on his return to North London, which was the worst of any outfield Southampton player who started the game.

During his 67 minutes on the pitch, the 32-year-old winger would have just 26 touches of the ball and would manage to complete just 10/17 of his passes, resulting in a shocking 59% pass accuracy rate – which was again the worst of any Southampton player.

Considering the on-loan Everton man has averaged 20.1 passes per game and a 74.5% pass accuracy in the Premier League so far this season, it was clear that he was way below par on Wednesday evening.

Walcott also failed to register a single shot on target, successful dribble or key pass against Spurs, which emphasises just how little he was able to contribute on the rare occasions that he had the ball.

Whilst a lot of Southampton fans will be looking to blame Moussa Djenepo for his poorly-timed tackle which gifted Spurs their late penalty, the Mali international would play just one less pass than Walcott and would complete two more dribbles, despite only being on the pitch for around 23 minutes.

Therefore, Southampton fans should forget about blaming Djenepo for the defeat and instead lament Walcott for another anonymous display.

And, in other news… Saints handed potential transfer boost as “unbelievable” gem eyes PL exit

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