Paul Scholes labels Tottenham star 'stupid', for moment after Japhet Tanganga's red card
Paul Scholes has labelled Tottenham defender Ben Davies as “stupid” after the Welshman conceded a penalty against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Spurs came into the match with three straight wins and three clean sheets – beating Manchester City, Wolves and Watford. All resulting in 1-0 wins.
But on Saturday, they were outfought and tactically, outsmarted. Patrick Vieira’s Palace secured their first win of the season, with a 3-0 scoreline.
The turning point came when Japhet Tanganga was sent off, receiving a second yellow. Then, Palace were awarded a penalty on 75 mins.
A cross hit the outstretched arm of Tottenham defender Davies, who could really have no complaints. Scholes was critical of the Welshman.
“Yeah it was a definite penalty, stupid really,” Scholes told the Premier League’s coverage of Tottenham’s defeat to Palace.
“Just got his hand out waiting for it, a well-taken penalty by Zaha. But I thought Palace deserved the win – they were the better team, the more aggressive team. More quality.”
Scholes on Davies: Harsh verdict, or Tottenham star naive?
It is probably a bit harsh to call Davies stupid. But the defender is certainly naive for throwing his arm away from his body, inside his own box.
He might argue that it is a natural position given the momentum of his body, as he tries to close down Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher.
But Davies, 28, is an experienced Premier League player. He has clocked up 231 appearances for Spurs since his move from Swansea in 2014.
The 66-time Wales star should know that failing to keep his arm behind his back, or close to his body, increases the risk of a penalty. It did so, here.
A lesson for Davies, one that he should have already really knew. Scholes criticism is harsh, but it was poor from the Tottenham defender.