Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat in the Europa League on Thursday night left Jose Mourinho reeling.
His side were beaten 1-0 by Royal Antwerp, who have now taken the top spot in Group J.
Speaking after the match, the Special One exclaimed that his future choices would now “be very easy.”
This was, of course, in reference to his quadruple substitution at half-time, in which the likes of Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn and Carlos Vinicius were hauled off.
The Belgian outfit scored the only goal of the game in the 29th minute, thanks to a blunder in the backline. Ben Davies, in his 200th appearance for the club, was robbed just outside the penalty area before the ball found its way past Davinson Sanchez for Lior Refaelov to fire home.
By the hour mark, even Gareth Bale was withdrawn. Hardly a surprise as Spurs failed to record a shot on target in the second half, which begs the question – is he right to publicly slam those that he took off?
Harry Winks somehow lasted the full 90 minutes despite being a passenger in the engine room throughout the match – per SofaScore, the 24-year-old lost possession 12 times, won just 44% of his duels, was dribbled past once and had one error leading to a shot.
In addition, Winks had 92 touches of the ball yet could only muster up two key passes, two shots off target and one tackle.
The fact that he won less than half of his ground duels shows just how easy he is bullied off the ball. Once again, he was lightweight in possession.
You can forget about Alli and his display, it was Winks who was much worse yet somehow played the entire duration. He should have been dragged off by his collar at half-time.
AND in other news, £70k-per-week Spurs liability was up to his old tricks vs Antwerp…