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5th May, 2017 | 9:54pm

24-year-old should be axed: Three things we learned about Tottenham after loss v West Ham

COMMENT By Harvey Byrne

Football Insider analyses three talking points from Friday’s London derby as Tottenham fell to a 1-0 defeat against West Ham.

Son should be axed

Attacker Son Heung-min failed to make an impact on Friday evening and it has not been for the first time this season. The 24-year-old seems to go in and and out of form and when he’s on song he’s one of the most threatening forward players in the Premier League. However, when he’s not on tune he is almost useless. Now, Son is usually the player to drop out when Mauricio Pochettino switches to a 3-4-2-1 and judging by Friday’s display the Argentine must bring Mousa Dembele back in to start against Manchester United and axe Son.

Dier not good enough in the midfield

Eric Dier is another who plays a lot better in the 3-4-2-1 formation when he is part of the the three-man defence. However, when playing in the midfield he is simply not good enough for a club with the standards of Tottenham. He is not the greatest of defensive midfielders and teammate Victor Wanyama has shown what Spurs can have in their team at that role. Meanwhile, the England international also offers very little going forward, meaning against a team that are hard to break down like West Ham it is almost impossible to find a way through.

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Title race over

It was already a hard task for Tottenham to catch Chelsea given who the Blues have left to play this season and after this defeat the title race now looks over. Antonio Conte’s men are now expected to move seven points clear when they host Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening and with just three games left for Pochettino’s side it will now prove a near impossible task for them to win the league title.

In other Tottenham news, Spurs fans reacted to Kyle Walker’s return before the match.

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