Taking a closer look at two of Tottenham Hotspur's underperforming players against Southampton.
Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-2 draw against Southampton on Saturday showcased the best and the worst of their season.
While the defence looked shaky and some poor individual performances helped Graziano Pelle to a brace, Mauricio Pochettino’s side showed fighting spirit to come from behind twice.
While the likes of Eric Dier and Nabil Bentaleb impressed for Tottenham this weekend, two players must do a lot better if they want to remain in the club’s starting XI in the coming seasons.
Federico Fazio and Ben Davies did not have shockers, but neither did they particularly impress, with the Argentine failing to use the one thing that stands him out from many of his rivals – his height.
Out-jumped and outperformed, Fazio must improve, which is something that could well happen if he is given a run of games. After all, he impressed at times earlier in the campaign before being replaced by Dier.
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As for Davies, his inability to block crosses and his ineffectiveness when going forward could in part be blamed on his lack of game-time. But if he does want to challenge and ultimately usurp current first-choice left-back Danny Rose, he must do better than this.
The two players’ passing accuracies were reasonable rather than great, while they made just one block and won only five tackles between them.
They also lost possession 26 times between them; something Pochettino should be worried about moving forward.
Davies remains young and it is both players’ first season at the club, but in a year when many Tottenham players have impressed, these two should certainly be doing better based on their most recent performance levels.