Sky pundit: Three Tottenham players had 'their worst games of the season' v Man United
By Richard Parks
Sky pundit Tony Cascarino has brought into sharp focus the hurdles faced by Tottenham in their 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat against Manchester United by claiming three regulars had “their worst games of the season”.
Cascarino, who has a regular slot on Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily programme, highlighted the poor contributions of Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele and Son Heung-Min at Wembley.
The big-name trio all started the clash but Dembele and Son were substituted late on as Spurs failed to trouble a United team who had taken the lead early in the second period.
“Tottenham’s four best players this season have been Mousa Dembélé, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, but only Eriksen turned up at Wembley,” Cascarino wrote in the Times. “The other three had their worst games of the season.”
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The Spurs trio of Dembele, Kane and Son were all wretched in the Wembley semi. Dembele lost the ball to Paul Pogba in the build-up to the equaliser by Alexis Sanchez and then failed to track the run of Anders Herrera for the winner, Kane made no impact against the United defence and Son failed to take advantage of some highly promising positions on the left flank when he was one-on-one against an opponent. Was it a coincidence that they all fluffed their lines on the big stage at the same time? Or symptomatic of something deeper, and more worrying, at Spurs? A collaborative mental block? Fatigue? Only they, and the coaching staff who monitor their every movement in training and matches, will really know.
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