Despite always starting the first half of their Premier League games, Tottenham has now lost all five of them.
As West Ham United became the most recent team to overcome Ange Postecoglou’s team in the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur’s season reached a new low.
Encouraged by Cristian Romero’s return from his three-match suspension, the Argentine made a strong statement by scoring the first goal and igniting the home crowd’s cheers with a precise header from Pedro Porro’s corner.
After the break, though, Spurs withered away as Jarrod Bowen took advantage of a fortunate deflection to evade Guglielmo Vicario’s goal, and Destiny Udogie’s disastrous backpass gave James Ward-Prowse the opportunity to score his third goal for the Hammers after he had first struck the post with his shot.
Destiny Udogie’s game in numbers
It’s a great tragedy that the young Italian, who had made such great progress early on, saw it all come crashing down after such a botched ball back to his keeper.
Making a mistake like this serves as a devastating reminder of his youth and inexperience in the English game.
This shouldn’t take away from Postecoglou’s stellar debut, though, since players like Hunter Godson have said he “gets into nearly every team in the world already.”
According to Sofascore, he completed 86% of his passes, won eight duels, and made four interceptions and clearances each against West Ham, but his efforts were hampered by a costly mistake. He also received 73 touches.
Even if Dejan Kulusevski’s defensive error cost Postecoglou, the actual culprits should be those of the attacking side, as he attempted to flatter after putting on a lackluster, but energetic, performance.
Dejan Kulusevski’s performance vs West Ham
Despite being a starter in every Premier League game this season, Kulusevski, a 23-year-old winger, has been outstanding for Tottenham this season and is unquestionably one of the team’s most significant and influential players. However, he will be disappointed that his efforts have not been put to much use.
Alasdair Gold of football.london gave the 35-cap Sweden international a 4/10 match rating, saying: “Plenty of hustle and bustle but like the rest of the front three very little at the end of it.”
He did pose a persistent threat down the right channel, but he was unable to create any meaningful opportunities. In the final moments, he broke free down the wing, but he lost his feet and was unable to cross the ball into the box.
To put it another way, Kuluevski only won five of the twenty-one fought ground duels that he tried, failed on all four crosses, and lost possession 26 times. As the Lilywhites’ collapse versus the Hammers progressed, they were some damning stats.
Having said that, he always tried to engineer success, but it didn’t work out, and he will regret not being more astute that evening.