Five things learned from Spurs' 2-1 loss to Newcastle

Christian Eriksen and Soldado Spurs

In what was truly a game of two halves, Tottenham let a comfortable match slip away as Newcastle impressed in a second half comeback.

Adebayor is a long way off where he was last season

Though he got his second goal of the season, Adebayor struggled to impose himself on the Newcastle defence. Some of his best work came chasing down the ball in the first half, but in the second period he barely threatened in goalscoring areas, and his control let him down on numerous occasions. His desire to drop deep for the ball makes the area just outside the box even more crowded given the amount of midfielders trying to take up that number 10 role. He looks nothing like the player who scored 14 goals last season in 25 games (he has 2 in 10 this season) and Mauricio Pochettino has to give a game to Harry Kane next week.

Mason and Rose were Spurs’ two best players, and that’s not a good thing

The two young Englishman were arguably the most dangerous attacking options for Tottenham, with Rose providing the width the wingers weren't trying for, and Mason assisting Adebayor's goal and proving himself the most dangerous playmaker in the first half. Christian Eriksen was outstanding against Manchester City last week, but was at a loss when it came to picking open Newcastle in the second half. Most of Spurs' other big name, international signings were also anonymous, and given that the same thing happened against West Brom last month, that will be a huge concern for Pochettino.

There isn’t enough leadership in the middle of the park

It was astonishing to see the difference between the two halves, with Spurs rarely tested before the break and second best on almost all fronts as soon as Sammy Ameobi beat Eric Dier to the ball for Newcastle's opener. That was always going to be a shock to the system for Pochettino's side, but there was no character big enough on the field, and especially in midfield, to turn things around. Put simply, Newcastle wanted it more from the start of the second half, and it's clear that Spurs need a better attitude when they suffer a setback.

Lamela failed to deliver

After his wonder goal heroics in the Europa League, the focus was on Erik Lamela to produce in the Premier League, something he hasn't done enough in his career at Spurs. Unfortunately for the Argentine, he once again failed to influence the match, and the odd piece of skill that comes off is almost pointless when he fails to set up his own or his teammates attempts on goal. Hugely predictable that he will come inside whenever he is on the right hand side.

Pochettino failed to react quickly enough with his tactics

Alan Pardew made changes early on despite his side only being 1-0 down. With Newcastle poor in the first half, the former West Ham boss obviously gave his side a real talking to, as well as making two substitutions at half time. The adjustments paid off immediately, and for the rest of the second half, as Spurs struggled to regain control of the game. Pochettino on the other hand made no tactical or personnel changes until the 67th minute, despite there being precious few opportunities from the likes of Lamela, Adebayor, Nacer Chadli and Eriksen. The former Southampton manager looked distinctly unimpressed for the entire second period and he needs to get players fighting and desperate to play for the club, by making big changes in the next league game if he needs to.

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