Tottenham players woeful at World Cup

Having spent the season saving themselves or grudgingly taking to the field to put on half-hearted I can't be bothered I'll go through the motions performances for Spurs the Tottenham players have carred that scintillation approach into the World Cup it seems.i


Tottenham players woeful at World Cup

Paulinho has not played two games and well done nothing, offered nothing going forward, done little in defence and offered his usual sideways passing while running around a bit.

Both Tim Sherwood after the first Group A game and former Dutch star and AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf after the second fixture, were particularly unimpressed with Paulinho.

Tim Sherwood wrote after Brazil had beaten Croatia 3-1 thanks to a dubious penalty that he was part of a workmanlike up-and-down midfield, one that lacked guile. He likened the problem to the problem at Tottenham last season, having no clever ball-playing midfielder, no Luka Modric.

Clarence Seedorf felt Paulinho was very disappointing in the second Group A game against Mexico, a 0-0 draw.

"Paulinho was very disappointing. He is a midfielder who is not particularly offering an offensive contribution or a defensive contribution, for me that is too much."

Belgium have three Spurs players and Algeria have a 19 year-old just out of the Development Squad. Who was the best of the four? Yep the 19 year-old kid.

Nabil Bentaleb, a Tim Sherwood product, outshone his lack-lustre team mates as stubborn Algeria finally were overcome by Belgium. As some of you will know I have these two to qualify from this group and I saw nothing to put me off the belief Algeria will progress.

Jan Vertonghen was fast asleep at left-back on several occasions and gave away a penalty as a result. Algeria tucked it away to take the lead. Another centre-back was at right-back, the former Ajax player frequently linked with Tottenham, Toby Alderweireld. He didn't do anything to impress potential buyers after sitting on the Atl├ętico Madrid bench most of the season.

Nacer Chadli burst into the box on one occasion and lacked the touch to take advantage, that was about his whole contribution in the hole behind an equally disappointing Romelu Lukaku. Chadli was that poor he was taken off at half-time.

Mousa Dembele did what he does, beat men and pass sideways, as a creative attacker, nothing. He plays the same role as Paulinho, takes the ball from defence to attack and then let's everyone else get on with it.

He caught Bentaleb in the face with a flailing arm so a few minutes later Bentaleb showed the spirit he showed for Tottenham by saying you are not going to push me around. He went up for a header and gave Dembele a forearm.

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Hugo Lloris could have had a kip for France against Hinduras and nobody would have noticed he had that little to do, must be a refreshing change after having to repel all borders on his own at White Hart Lane.

Cameroon were outplayed by a better Mexico side for which former Tottenham player Giovanni Dos Santos should have been rewarded with two goals instead of two offside decisions. Benoit Assou-Ekotto was playing right-back and put in some excellent crosses. He beat two men and found Eto'o with one but the striker hit the post.

He kept having to shout at the man in front of him who clearly was not following team instructions, leaving Benny to deal with situations on his own. After 58 minutes Assou-Ekotto was unlucky himself when a free-kick hit the wall and just went the wrong side of the post with the keeper stranded.

A solid game for Benny, he and Bentaleb being the best of the Spurs bunch so far, albeit that Lloris had nothing to do.



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