In a game embroiled in controversy, one Tottenham Hotspur player may have let his team down irrespective of the circumstances that ensued on the pitch.
Jose Mourinho’s side looked to be heading towards all three points against Newcastle United, courtesy of Lucas Moura’s 25th-minute goal but in the final minute of the match, the new handball regulations threw the game on its head.
Eric Dier was adjudged to have handled it inside the area with seconds remaining on the clock despite not even looking in the direction of the ball and after a lengthy VAR review which resulted in Peter Bankes taking a look at the monitor and awarding a penalty.
Callum Wilson stepped up to convert it to salvage a point for the visiting Magpies.
Aside from all that questionable decision, Spurs should maybe take a look at themselves having notched 23 shots in total with just one goal to show for it.
Mourinho ought to look at his summer signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who put in another questionable display at the base of midfield.
Per SofaScore, the Danish powerhouse lost possession 16 times, won just 22% of his duels, was dribbled past one and failed to record a single successful dribble. He also committed four fouls, including the one that led to the penalty call.
Against Everton on the opening day, Hojbjerg was quite poor too managing a rating of just 6.45 on WhoScored.
Mourinho dropped Dele Alli from the starting lineup whilst Moussa Sissoko was absent last-minute through illness, it’s not as if he’ll be short for replacements going forward and thus, Hojbjerg must improve if he’s to keep his place in the starting XI.
AND in other news, Spurs agree on personal terms with Serie A colossus…