'Suicide', 'Schoolboy error' - Tottenham fans savage Pochettino selection (not Son)
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham fans have taken to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction at Kyle Walker’s omission from the starting XI for Saturday’ FA Cup defeat to Chelsea.
Fans were baffled that the England international was left out of the starting XI and named on the substitute’s bench for the third time in five matches as Spurs slumped to a 4-2 semi-final defeat.
Kieran Trippier was preferred at right wing-back by Mauricio Pochettino as he opted to utilise the three-man centre-back system that has proved successful in recent months.
Surprisingly, attacking midfielder Son Heung-Min was selected to start at left wing-back as Walker was joined on the bench by left-back Ben Davies.
Tottenham fans were scratching their heads at the omission of Walker, both immediately after the match and again 24 hours later.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@e_spurs Honestly what made poch think that resting walker for palace game woild be a smart move
— zaid (@Yiddokhan) April 23, 2017
— Audere Est Facere (@JMEmabbz) April 23, 2017
— Hey_Sim0n (@Hey_Sim0n) April 22, 2017
Thoughts from yesterday:
– Our players did us proud.
– Son LB was poor frm Poch
– We don’t have depth to leave Walker out for big games.
— e-Spurs (@e_spurs) April 23, 2017
— Tottenham Grammar (@PhilYiddo) April 23, 2017
In reflection if we are honest Poch got in wrong today to start without Davies and Walker was pure wrong #COYS
— Spurslife (@michaelpedley) April 22, 2017
— Steve (@steveburn24) April 23, 2017
— Monty (@RealBristolSpur) April 22, 2017
Walker’s star appears to have fallen even though his peers named him in the PFA Premier League team of the year announced on Thursday.
Spurs have a short period to reflect on their defeat to Chelsea as they prepare to face what will be a considerably weakened Crystal Palace side on Wednesday night.
Second-placed Tottenham are four points behind league leaders Chelsea going into the midweek fixtures.
Antonio Conte’s side host Southampton on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge as they aim to extend their lead to seven points.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs fans have shared their respect for Arsenal following this Twitter message.