'You can't: TalkSPORT pundit slams Tottenham man for giving up against Arsenal
Gabby Agbonlahor has accused Tottenham manager Antonio Conte of throwing in the towel during their loss at Arsenal yesterday.
At 3-1 down and with Emerson Royal sent off, Conte opted to make a quadruple change and as part of that change, took off attacking players like Richarlison and Heung-Min Son. It left Rodrigo Bentancur trying to support Harry Kane and in the end, Spurs just ran out of puff.
And speaking on TalkSPORT last night, former Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor said that Conte simply gave in when other managers would have gone for a result.
“There was a long time to get back into the game. You can’t just throw the towel in in a local derby,” Agbonlahor said.
“Other managers won’t do that. They’ve keep Son on and say let’s go for it, even if get beat four or five. I think they threw the towel in.”
With the likes of Lucas Moura and Dejan Kulusevski out injured, Conte had little option really but to make such changes. However, on the surface, it did look like the Italian was deploying damage limitation.
TBR’s View: Tottenham Need Even More Options
Yesterday really highlighted how Tottenham’s squad is probably nowhere near as deep as they need. Lucas and Kulusevski were huge losses and it showed with the changes made.
Agbonlahor makes a good point about Conte here but it’s hard to really suggest if he gave up and threw the towel in or not. Given his experience and passion, it would be hugely surprising if that was his mindset.
Conte will have been a frustrated figure watching that yesterday but Tottenham have still had a good start to the season and one result does not define their season.
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