Three worst Tottenham players during win over Crystal Palace
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Tottenham kept their Premier League title hopes alive with a hard-fought win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
A stunning long-range effort from Christian Eriksen handed Tottenham a 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park, reducing the gap behind league leaders Chelsea to four points.
However, despite Tottenham’s best efforts, it proved a tricky task to break down a resilient Crystal Palace side.
The home side managed to cause a few problems of their own, but Tottenham held their own in defence – as has often been the case this season.
But there were still a few poor displays in the Tottenham camp, and here Football Insider reveals the three worst players.
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Crystal Palace were always going to come out fighting, and with exciting attacking players at their disposal in Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, the Tottenham full-backs were in for a rough ride.
Unfortunately, having earned himself the right to be considered one of the best in his position in England, Walker did not give a display worthy of such acclaim on Wednesday night.
The 26-year-old was put to the sword by Palace’s wide duo, and struggled to put in a defensive display of his usual consistency.
In the final third, meanwhile, he offered several enticing deliveries into the box, but none of real danger to the Palace defence.
The 25-year-old has been one of the standout figures for Tottenham this season, proving both a consistent and reliable performer in the middle of the park for Tottenham.
However, he was far from his best at Selhurst Park, and ran the risk of being sent-off after a series of wild lunges to win the ball back for his team.
He could be considered quite lucky not to have been shown a second yellow-card, and was understandably withdrawn by manager Mauricio Pochettino at half-time to protect him for the coming games.
It wasn’t necessarily a case of a poor individual display from Kane, rather a case of impressive man-management from Palace.
The home side simply didn’t give him a sniff in the final third, and credit must go to both Mamadou Sakho and Martin Kelly for how they dealt with the threat of Kane.
The Tottenham striker has run circles around a number of defenders this season, but Palace refused to let him enforce his usual dominance at Selhurst Park.
Kane broke the shackles as the game progressed, particularly following the injury to Sakho, but he still ran out empty-handed.
Nevertheless, he’ll probably make amends by ensuring Arsenal pay the price for his rare quiet day at the office on Sunday.
In other Tottenham news, Paul Merson has delivered his prediction for the north London derby clash with Arsenal on Sunday.