After such a routine victory, it’d be unsurprising if Lionel Richie’s ‘Easy’ could be heard from the Spurs dressing room.
It was a performance to add fuel to the fire of Nuno’s detractors, but blaming the manager for all our shortcomings is a far too simplistic.
Even his most ardent of critics will agree that he is a man with a clear idea of how he wants his teams to play, and I just don’t believe that some of the ‘solutions’ we saw today are part of his vision for the club.
We can debate the merits of a back four until we are all blue in the face, but surely the club has never viewed Coady and Saiss as the partnership to build that system around?
The skipper certainly did himself no harm (though his MOTM award was a tad generous) but the defence was all at sea once again as they failed to ever get to grips with Spurs’ four-pronged attack.
Their second goal was as clear an indication as you need that our current defenders simply aren’t good enough to make the formation change work, and nobody’s fantasy football musings will change my mind on that one.
In midfield it was no better, with a listless display making it all too easy for Alli to pull the strings. This, along with centre half, has to be the focus of our attention when it comes to summer recruitment.
Dendoncker, Moutinho and Neves have all been excellent players for us and will hopefully still have a part to play in our future. But none have done enough over the course of the season to suggest that quality upgrades aren’t required.
With Neto and Jimenez to return, things aren’t necessarily as bleak up top. Especially if we can manage to tie the buccaneering Adama down to a new deal.
But there’s no hiding from the fact that we have a pivotal summer ahead and that our recruitment has to better if we’re going to start making progress again.
Unfortunately, we know that Nuno isn’t the one that pulls the strings in that department so we will have to hope that the seemingly omnipresent Uncle Jorge comes up with the goods.
Failure to do so could leave us all needing to get used to this sort of performance.