Arsenal legend: Tottenham's Pochettino blew it by leaving out these two players

Ian Wright believes Spurs sent out the wrong message regarding their team selection in the loss to Newcastle.

Tottenham are reeling from another disappointing home defeat in the Premier League, losing to relegation threatened Newcastle United.

One of the surprise selections was Europa League hat-trick hero Harry Kane being left out, as Mauricio Pochettino made a number of changes to the side which beat Asteras Tripoli.

Spurs let a 1-0 lead slip to lose 2-1, and Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes the head coach made the wrong team selection, by leaving out two key players, and was not referencing Harry Kane.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I bet they saw Adebayor up front on his own, with no Townsend, no Lennon, no pace, and felt they were quite comfortable with that. And so it gives them (Newcastle) a lift."

The argument for the inclusion of pace is a sound one, although neither Lennon or Townsend appear to be in favour right now.

The lack of football played by either in the Premier League says it all about Pochettino's lack of faith in them, with Townsend only playing a combined 90 minutes of football this season.

  TeamGoalsAssistsKey PassesDribblesAccurate Cross %AppsMins
Aaron Lennon Spurs 0 0 2 2 25.00 5 119
Andros Townsend Spurs 0 0 3 1 14.29 3 90

Neither have been productive at all during their time on the pitch this season, but given the fact Lennon for instance has played 119 minutes across five different games, expecting any consistency is a long-shot.

With Spurs losing their last two games 4-1 away and 2-1 at home, changes are required. It's hard to believe teams would have fear put into them by Lennon and Townsend appearing on the pitch as Wright suggests, but the form of Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela has dipped sharply over the past couple of weeks, and giving a chance to those on the fringes to shake the team up and give them different options is worthy of consideration.

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