Tottenham Hotspur suffered their second league defeat of the season under Antonio Conte after they were beaten by Southampton on Wednesday evening, informs the FFC.
The north London outfit threw away a 2-1 lead with ten minutes to go in what has to be considered a late capitulation to inflict back-to-back defeats on the Italian head coach.
Heung-min Son’s 70th-minute strike looked to have sealed all three points for Spurs after Armando Broja had equalised soon after the opener in the first half. But headers from Mo Elyounoussi and Che Adams completed a stunning Saints comeback.
Truth be told, it would’ve been unfair for the Lilywhites to walk away with the victory and on the basis of the 90 minutes, the right side came out on top.
It was another cagey outing in defence for the likes of Emerson Royal and Davinson Sanchez, particularly the latter who was dragged out of position for Southampton’s first and played another damaging role in the winner.
However, for all of the defensive criticisms, Spurs just didn’t do enough in midfield or attack to truly assert some dominance on the game and that’s where much of the fault must lie.
Harry Winks, for example, was once again trusted to start in the absence of Oliver Skipp, being selected over deadline day signing Rodrigo Bentancur but he was average and underwhelming, as he often is in the heart of the pitch.
The 25-year-old, who very nearly left the club in the summer, was awfully lightweight in possession, winning only 50% of his eight duels, losing the ball nine times from 65 touches and he was dribbled past three times.
He also committed one error that led to a shot, as per SofaScore, who also graded him as Conte’s worst-performer on the night.
‘Looked shaky in midfielder with Hojbjerg and was sloppy with his possession at times,’ is how football.london reporter Alasdair Gold described Winks’ performance in his post-game column.
After being trusted to start again, it’s evident that the £15.3m-rated Hotspur Way academy graduate badly let his manager down and his position in the starting XI is now surely at risk heading into this weekend’s clash with Wolves.