I saw quite a few Spurs fans on social media banging on about Walker’s lack of quality in the final third today. What those same fans failed to notice, was the frequency in which Walker got himself into dangerous areas of the pitch with the ball at his feet.
Simply put, he draws criticism because he creates so many chances to put dangerous crosses into the box. He gets down the right flank faster than anyone else in the Premier League. If he was Kieran Trippier with the ball at his feet, he’d be the best right back on Earth.
The mere fact that he got down the wing so often meant that Bournemouth’s defense had to focus significant energy on chasing him. While he didn’t hurt the Cherries with his crossing, his presence on the pitch provided his teammates with acres of space all afternoon.
I feel like I write the same thing about Davies’ performance week after week. He plays a very safe match and he doesn’t make any horrible defensive errors to put the squad at risk. Unfortunately, that’s the best compliment I can pay him.
Offensively, he is by far the club’s most awkward player. He looked as if he was trying to defend Son rather than play with him. His clumsy play in the opposition half continues to let down his teammates. Get well soon Danny Rose.
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It’s hard to find much to criticize in Alderweireld’s game. His side kept a clean sheet and he wasn’t bothered to do much throughout the match. He started the match pinging long diagonals all over the place, but he couldn’t quite find the range. It was a nondescript, but perfectly adequate afternoon for the classy centre back.
Tottenham’s other Belgian centre back didn’t have a ton to do against the Cherries either. Vertonghen made a few important challenges to snuff out attacks before they truly began. I can remember a few sliding challenges that prevented Bournemouth from getting any joy on the counter attack. Vertonghen will face much stiffer challenges, but he deserves credit for a solid afternoon at the office.