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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min and Erik Lamela

Our current problems lie in the final third and a particular statistic highlights the problem, namely that Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min and Erik Lamela are all yet to have an attempt on goal from inside the six-yard box this season.

That is counteracted partially by the shots from inside the penalty area statistics, although Son Heung-min is a glaring omission.
  • Dele Alli - 13 shots -  3 goals
  • Vincent Janssen - 12 shots - 1 goal
  • Erik Lamela - 11 shots - 1 goal
  • Christian Eriksen - 10 shots - 0 goals
  • Toby Alderweireld - 7 shots - 0 goals
  • Danny Rose - 6 shots - 1 goal
  • Total - 59 shots - 6 goals
That is a very poor return from shots so near to goal.

Now while they are not centre-forwards, although Son Heung-min has played their several times this season, they are our attacking players and they are supposed to get beyond the ball and make runs into the box.

Our players all seem to stay 12 yards from goal for a cut back rather than attack the six-yard box for a ball across it, as Kane did early on against Arsenal when Son Heung-min got to the byline after just a few minutes.

I don't recall many tap-ins, one for Kane from a Danny Rose cross to get him off the mark from open play. We have to have enough pkayers in the box for both options so the initial central defender has a choice to make, which does he cut out leaving the other exposed. At the moment he can position himself so the cut back is difficult while letting his keeper handle the six-yard box under little or no pressure.

On little things games hinge.


1 comment:

  1. Good points. Also Worth noting that spurs must be among the worst teams I've ever seen at finishing a fast break. They Inevitably make the wrong run, hold the ball to long, fall to commit the defender before passing. and much though I love him, this is on poch. It's elementary coaching that I did with 9 year olds.



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