Tottenham Coach and Substitute Rating
It was another day with little firepower off the bench as injuries, and an unbalanced squad left Spurs short.
Ryan Sessegnon – 3
Getting the most minutes of all the substitutes, Ryan Sessegnon came on looking to run behind the Villa backline. Lamentably Tottenham lacks a player willing to play that ball between or over the defensive line. As a result, despite almost 30 minutes on the pitch, Sessegnon only had nine touches and completed only two passes.
Emerson Royal – 6
With 10 minutes left in the match, Emerson Royal came on in a double switch. Royal was active and hungry for the ball but did not have enough time to impact the game.
Pape Matar Sarr – 6
The Senegalese midfielder came on with 10 minutes remaining with Royal. Like Royal, Sarr looked hungry and managed to win back possession, including a big last-man tackle. With Bentancur still banged up and Bissouma out, Sarr may get his chance midweek.
Oliver Skipp – N/A
Spurs midfielder came on with two minutes left of the 90. It was nice to see Skipp on the pitch, even if only for a moment.
Djed Spence – N/A
Speaking of nice to see on the pitch, Djed Spence came on with Skipp for the final two minutes. Spence has some speed and is attack-minded; however, the ball was not always under his control, and he was dispossessed easily and often in a brief period.
Antonio Conte – 2
The players were poor the plan was equally poor, as this team looked devoid of ideas. Conte does not have a lot of options in the attack currently, but there still needs to be a more cohesive approach to the game. Continuing to try and play hold-up football with forwards who cannot operate that way is foolhardy. Conte needs to make a significant change or get a big signing, as this team looks lost.