Savage: I would have substituted this ‘woeful’ Spurs player

Kyle Walker

Robbie Savage had some harsh words to say about Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.

Outspoken pundit Robbie Savage was far from impressed with Tottenham Hotspur as they were downed 3-0 by a rampant Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The former midfielder says any number of Spurs players could have been substituted but singled out Kyle Walker for criticism report while commentating for the BBC.

The former Sheffield United man has the tendency to forget his defensive duties while marauding up the pitch and yesterday was not his finest afternoon in a Spurs shirt.

Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney ended the tie as a contest before the half-time interval, prompting Savage to question why Walker was still on the pitch in the second period.

"Pochettino took Andros Townsend off but he could have taken off any of those Spurs players as they have been woeful,” the former Welsh international explained.

"If I was Spurs boss Pochettino I would make a point and take Kyle Walker off and play Ben Davies, he has been that bad.

“They are all good players on this pitch and I just can't understand why they have been so lackadaisical."

  TacklesInterceptionsEffective ClearancesAerial Duels Won-LostDefensive Duels Won-LostPass Completion %Accurate PassesMins Played
Kyle Walker 0 4 3 0/2 1/5 67% 33 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the England international was pulled apart by United’s quick passing and he struggled to contain the hosts’ directness down their left flank.

He failed to register a single tackle over the 90 minutes and came out a clear second best during his duels with the Red Devils’ frontmen.

To top off a miserable performance, his distribution from the back was poor as he managed to complete 33 accurate passes from 49 attempts, a lowly completion rate of just 67%.

The Lilywhites’ next fixture is bottom club Leicester City at White Hart Lane, an opportunity for the team and Walker in particular to put yesterday’s nightmare performance quickly behind them.

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