Eriksen should be dropped: Three things we learned from Tottenham 3 West Ham 2
By Harvey Byrne
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Tottenham’s 3-2 win against West Ham in Saturday evening’s Premier League encounter at White Hart Lane.
Christian Eriksen needs time out of the team
Tottenham midfielder Eriksen will once again be disappointed following his performance against West Ham. The 24-year-old failed to create anything of note from his attacking midfield position, while also mis-hitting a number of balls and showing some poor footwork well below his previous high standards. England international Dele Alli now needs to come off the bench for the next fixture against Monaco in the Champions League.
Harry Winks is the next Tottenham youth star
Mauricio Pochettino showed his faith in the 20-year-old by handing Winks his first senior league start and the young prospect returned with his first senior goal for the club. In addition to the goal, the young England Under-21 international gave a commanding display in the centre of the park, one well above his years. It was a pat on the back for the Spurs youth system as fellow graduate Harry Kane also scored two goals. Winks could follow in the now-seasoned professional’s footsteps by becoming the next star produced by the club.
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The 4-1-2-1-2 system doesn’t work for Spurs
Tottenham started the match with a narrow 4-1-2-1-2 formation, which required width from the full-backs, but Pochettino scrapped the system at half-time with his side losing 1-0 from a Michail Antonio header. In the first half both Danny Rose and Kyle Walker failed to produce anything from out wide, while striker duo Kane and Vincent Janssen struggled to get into the match with the centre of the park packed with players. A change in system after the break to a more orthodox 4-4-2 led to Spurs scoring three goals in the second half and ultimately securing all three points from the clash.
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