Tottenham Hotspur missed the chance to go top of the league this week.
Tottenham Hotspur headed into their Premier League clash with West Ham United knowing a victory would see them climb above leaders Leicester City with just 10 games remaining.
It was never going to be easy against an impressive Hammers side, and so it proved as Slaven Bilic’s men won 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Michail Antonio. But two Spurs players in particular could and should have done more to make the difference.
It is easy to blame fatigue for Tottenham’s loss given their ongoing participation in the Europa League and their previous exploits in the FA Cup, as well as the fact that manager Mauricio Pochettino has shown faith in many of the same players week in, week out.
With striker Harry Kane well marshalled by West Ham’s compact defence it was up to the players behind him to break down a stubborn back-line. Moments of magic win titles and in Chadli and Lamela Tottenham have two players capable of just that.
When you factor in that the Belgian winger has not played for more 61 minutes in any one league match since September and that the Argentine has started just three of Tottenham’s last six games in the top flight, they should be fresh despite their exploits in Europe.
Lamela worked extremely hard against West Ham with nothing coming off, while Chadli was below par, but with Kane shackled by the Hammers it was up to that duo to take the proverbial bull by the horns and make the difference.