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Leicester City v Newcastle United – Premier League
by Nathan Stirk

Leicester City v Newcastle United – Premier League
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Let’s make one thing clear. Spurs did not lose this match because of a VAR decision. 

Spurs lost this match due to the introduction of Victor Wanyama, which left a gaping hole in central midfield for Leicester to exploit. 

The first Leicester goal arrived after a passage of play from which Wanyama had lost possession. Danny Rose did not cover himself in glory either, leaving Ricardo free at the back post. 

The winning goal from James Maddison? Allowed too much time and space by – yes, you guess right – Wanyama in front of the penalty box. 

Yet, it started so promisingly with Harry Kane’s brilliant goal – scoring as he did when lying down! Certainly was not his fault that Spurs lost the game. Focus your ire on Son Heung-Min, who was off his A-game completely. 

Sure, you can talk about the psychological blow of a goal being disallowed through VAR and/or the Leicester players/fans getting a lift from that decision. But the fact is that Spurs were 1-0 up when Aurier’s ‘goal’ was chalked off. 

VAR offside decisions apply equally to everyone so any sense of injustice is misplaced. Instead blame falls squarely on Pochettino’s shoulders. 

Why did he bring Sissoko off? Was he resting him for the Carabao Cup??? Even if he needed to do so, surely Eric Dier or even Oliver Skipp would have made better choices. 

Or Dele Alli if he had been on the bench? Why was Dele left in London, rested for the Carabao Cup?! Seriously, what is going on with Pochettino??? His decisions have been baffling! 

8 points from the opening 6 games is not the end of the world but something is very wrong with Pochettino and his squad. Losing to Leicester at the King Power Stadium is not a disaster but again, it is the manner of the defeat that is very worrying. 

But we keep fighting … 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Make no mistake about it – this is a difficult fixture for Spurs!

After the feel-good vibes of the Palace thrashing, Spurs were brought back down to earth in the Champions League with another away draw after being two goals ahead. 

Sloppy performance that once more drew the ire of the Spurs trolls with their litany of “Poch Out” and “Levy Out” hashtags. Of course, that is all an over-reaction BUT there is some truth to the unease that has permeated the squad throughout the season thus far. 

For me, it’s really all about Christian Eriksen, Spurs purr when he is on his A-game and sad to report that that has seldom happened since he wanted away and the failure of selling him in the last transfer window is taking its toll on us. 

One can argue the team rotation against Olympiacos just did not work – especially with Davinson Sanchez playing at right back over Kyle Walker-Peters – and that the likes of Ben Davies and Tanguy NDombele are still not up to speed but Pochettino needs to balance the fixture crunch one way or another. 

Leicester is in good form overall and Jamie Vardy poses a significant threat to us, with our full-backs being a cause of concern, I expect Leicester to target our flanks as a potential weak spot but with Serge Aurier and Danny Rose expected to return it will be a keen test for both players’ commitment to the cause. 

I predict another draw, or at best Spurs scraping a narrow win but it all depends on whether Eriksen turns up or not. I would rather not play Eriksen at all but with Giovanni Lo Celso still injured, I don’t believe Pochettino has much of a choice, with Erik Lamela a wild card in this respect. 

Possible line-up : Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. 

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