IronworksDave wrote:Spurs made 10 changes from the team that played EPL for them ... yes Dele and Erekson we're given 'fitness' time but it was pretty much Spurs reserves ...
Not our starting eleven so meh ... but just shows the lack of quality in the squad ...
So it was Spurs reserves against our reserves then?
But you are right - look at the difference in quality between those so-called reserve teams (and bear in mind that ten of Spurs' didn't play at the weekend!)
Undisputable first-choice players are, Sanchez, Eriksen and Alle.
Sissoko cost 34m and has played every Premier game he's been available for.
Harry Winks has just had two England caps, and has made 8 Premier League apps this season.
Son cost 22 million -three times AFC Player of the Year and a host of other personal award. He cost one and a half times our record signing at the time (Carroll). I reckon he's a better player than some think is our best, Lanzini. Also plays regularly. None of those are really reserves.
Wanyama, cost 13m, captains his national team, and played most games last season following a lengthy injury. Had another injury this season.
Aurier cost 22m - played every Champions League game last season. Kept out by the emergence of Trippier.
Llorente cost 13.6m at 31 years old, and was a goal every two games striker for a poor Swansea team only two seasons ago.
So the only real reserves were: the last two and Foyth (who cost nearly 12million and played every FA Cup game last season), Walker-Peters and Gazzinga.
We started without seven first-choice players (8 if you count Lanzini, 9 if you count Cresswell, 10 if you count Carroll). Also missing several second-choice players with injuries.
Sadly, our squads are almost leagues apart - but last night I thought we were by far the weaker team on paper, yet we took the game to them, especially in the second half, but just lacked the quality and cohesion to make it count. They took their chances well but only got them from our silly mistakes.