Pundit slams 'ragged' and 'scruffy' Tottenham stars after horror update
Noel Whelan has insisted some Tottenham stars looked “uninterested” during Saturday’s 3-0 defeat against Man United.
The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested “effort and energy” should come as a bare minimum for any Premier League side.
As per The Athletic (November 1st), Tottenham have recorded the lowest distance covered per game in the Premier League this season under Nuno Espirito Santo.
That figure stands in stark contrast to when they ranked second for the metric in four consecutive seasons under former boss Mauricio Pochettino (per Sky Sports).
On Sunday, Football Insider broke the news of Tottenham deciding to sack Nuno after just 10 Premier League matches.
The news was confirmed by the club yesterday morning, less than 48 hours on from defeat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
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Whelan insisted Spurs fans would have been saddened to watch their side “lack conviction” against “wounded animal” Man United.
“The performance was just so raggedy and scruffy,” he told Football Insider.
“They were lazy and lacking in conviction all over the field.
“Part of it could be down to Nuno’s set up, but the players were looking uninterested and coming out after the game saying ‘it wasn’t good enough’.
“They shouldn’t be saying that after a game.
“Effort and energy should be the first box ticked.
“It will have been sad to watch from a Tottenham perspective. There was a wounded animal in front of them in the form of Man United.
“They could’ve beaten them if they just applied themselves more and had that endeavour.”
Tottenham already find themselves 10 points adrift of table-topping Chelsea after 10 matches.
The north London club face Vitesse and Everton this week.