In a disappointing turn of events for Tottenham Hotspur, the team suffered their fourth defeat in the last five games, resulting in their drop from the Premier League top four. The lack of conviction in the final third was particularly evident in their recent clash against West Ham United, leaving former player Jamie O’Hara dissatisfied with the performances of star attackers Son Heung-min and Brennan Johnson.
O’Hara did not mince his words in his critique of the team’s display, emphasizing that this performance was particularly unacceptable. Despite acknowledging the challenges posed by injuries to key players, O’Hara insisted that Tottenham should still be delivering better results.
“Tonight wasn’t good enough. The other games I can accept. We had big losses and we had to regroup and we had to pick ourselves up and we had to try and play some decent football against some decent sides,” O’Hara expressed on talkSPORT. “But tonight, that was poor, a poor performance. The two goals we conceded were pathetic, kicking it against each other, the short pass backs. Miles off it tonight, Son was poor, Brennan Johnson was poor. It wasn’t a good night for us.”
Tottenham’s recent struggle is a stark contrast to their impressive start to the season under manager Ange Postecoglou. The team remained unbeaten in their first 10 games, but since then, they have only managed to secure one point from five fixtures—a concerning dip in form.
While injuries have undeniably played a significant role in the team’s recent setbacks, the expectations for a club of Tottenham’s caliber remain high. O’Hara’s critical assessment serves as a reminder that, despite challenges, the team should be performing at a level befitting their status in English football.