The Tottenham boss brought Wanyama on for Spurs midway through the second half and it proved a bad call.
A number of Tottenham Hotspur fans have taken to Twitter to express their bewilderment at Mauricio Pochettino's decision to bring Victor Wanyama on as a substitute in the 2-1 Premier League loss away at Leicester City.
Since the start of the 2019-20 season, the midfielder - who was linked with a departure from North London over the summer - had not played a single minute of competitive action for Spurs prior to the King Power game, according to Transfermarkt.
Pochettino brought him on in the 67th minute in place of Moussa Sissoko, with Tottenham a goal to the good, and he gave the ball away in the lead up to Leicester's equaliser, as well as getting booked for a cynical body check on Ricardo Pereira and being slow in closing down James Maddison for the Foxes' winner.
A number of Spurs fans were therefore not impressed to say the least and made their feelings known on social media, but quite a few of those fans pointed the finger at the manager himself rather than the player:
Spurs drop a lead for the 3rd time this season already. Full backs not good enough, centre backs getting on... and what has Dier done for Wanyama to come on over him? Only Winks, Sissoko, Son & Kane looked lively. The only players who ever seem up for it. #thfc #coys— Alex Segal (@Alex_Segal) 21 September 2019
What was the Wanyama sub for— Connor (@Connor__THFC) 21 September 2019
Will be luck to finish in the top half this season, let alone the top 4. Poch talks about lack of intensity but decides to bring on Wanyama?! I think he’s incredibly lucky to still have a job, without doubt for me he’s done, Real Madrid are welcome to him! #THFC— Darren Carpenter (@Carps1974) 21 September 2019
I’m not saying Poch has been brilliant this season. His subs today, especially bringing wanyama on, were not good decisions in my opinion. But the blame does not only lie with Poch.— Carla (@CarlaTHFC) 21 September 2019
Poch has lost it. His tactics and team selections are erratic and his substitutions are simply awful. Bringing Wanyama on? We are going backwards now - the players are wanting out and it looks a squad that is broken.— LWOS Tottenham Hotspur (@THFCFootballCO) 21 September 2019
People saying Dier should of come on for Sissoko instead of Wanyama. No Lucas Moura should of come on at that point and Sissoko would of stayed on for me. Revert to 4-2-3-1 at that point and finish Leicester off. #THFC #COYS @SpursOfficial— Adam (@LilyWhitesAd41) 21 September 2019
No surprise when sissoko came off for wanyama, we have no one in the middle to break attacks. Might as well just put Skipp on— Skizzius Maximus (@JaniahK_THFC) 21 September 2019
I’m a Pochettino stan, but that managing was just bizarre. Lamela was terrific, why sub? Why Wanyama? Why Moura so late? We didn’t deserve 0, but we didn’t deserve 3. #coys #thfc https://t.co/P9T9G7Bm98— Brett Zalaski (@bzalaski) 21 September 2019
Wanyama coming on was self sabotage— Saitama (@D_THFC) 21 September 2019
This lose is on Poch and particularly the decision to bring Wanyama in for Sissoko. #THFC— Adam Alfi (@AdamAlfi) 21 September 2019
The result means that Tottenham have failed to win three consecutive away Premier League games when they were leading at half-time for the first time since March 2008, as well as being without a win in their last nine away games in the Premier League - they last had a longer winless away run between April and December 2006 (10), according to BBC Sport.
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