'Awful': Premier League pundit stunned by £145k-a-week Tottenham player v Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur defender Clement Lenglet has been criticised for his “awful” mistake against Manchester City for their fourth goal on Thursday night.
Spurs headed to the Etihad Stadium hoping to get back to winning ways after their North London derby defeat.
And at half-time, they looked to be on the right track, to say the least.
Tottenham made the most of two City mistakes to race into a two-goal lead at the end of the first half.
Dejan Kulusevski opened the scoring for Spurs before Emerson Royal doubled the visitors’ advantage.
However, the hosts rallied round to quickly overturn the Spurs lead before going on to seal a convincing victory.
Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland scored in the 51st and 52rd minute respectively to restore parity.
Then, Riyad Mahrez put City in the lead on 63 minutes, before sealing the win with a 90th-minute effort.
For the latter, Lenglet took a heavy touch on his thigh from Ederson’s long ball forward, which set Mahrez on his way.
When Hugo Lloris came out to meet him, the City winger slotted into the open net.
Beglin focused more on Mahrez’s class, but couldn’t ignore the mistake made by the £145,000-a-week Spurs loanee.
“This is an awful mistake from Lenglet,” Beglin said on the Premier League website.
“But when you see what Mahrez has been doing second half, you always knew he was going to take this opportunity.
“It’s beautifully taken by Riyad Mahrez, who has been outstanding in this second half – outstanding.”
Nowhere near the finished product – TBR View
What’s worse for Lenglet is that he came on as a 78th-minute substitute as Antonio Conte looked to switch to four at the back.
The Barcelona-owned defender is on a straight loan deal at Spurs, so it remains to be seen whether Conte will look to sign him permanently.
Indeed, it remains to be seen whether Conte will stay at Tottenham past the summer, the way things are going.
Spurs definitely have some of the right ingredients to be a top team.
A 2-0 lead against City at half-time is testament to this.
However, they’re so far away from the finished product it’s genuinely worrying.
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