Nuno gives his verdict after Tottenham beaten by Palace
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Tottenham’s sensational start to the Premier League season came to an abrupt end on Saturday afternoon as they were defeated 3-0 by Crystal Palace. Spurs, who began the weekend at the top of the table, crashed down to fifth by the time the dust had settled on the day’s top-flight action.
Spurs went into the clash as favourites after winning all of their opening three Premier League games.
Palace, on the other hand, had failed to win any of their matches before Saturday’s encounter.
The two sides went toe-to-toe for much of the afternoon, but Spurs were dealt a major blow when Japhet Tanganga was sent off just before the hour mark after clashes with Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew.
Zaha later opened the scoring with a penalty, before substitute Odsonne Edouard added two more on his debut for the Eagles.
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Emerson Royal was handed his Tottenham debut at Selhurst Park and it was clearly an afternoon to forget for the right-back.
The 22-year-old was run ragged by Zaha and spent most of the game looking very uncomfortable indeed.
It may sound harsh to call for Royal to be dropped just one game into his Spurs career but he will need to learn the ways of Premier League football quickly if he is to succeed in England.
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Japhet Tanganga was moved to centre-back for Saturday’s clash to make way for Royal on the right of Spurs’ defence.
The 22-year-old has impressed this season at right-back but had a tough day in the south of the capital.
Spurs need players they can rely on in the heat of battle and Tanganga displayed the sort of hot-headed temper that could give his side problems in the future.
Harry Winks had been tipped with a move away from north London this summer, with Nuno apparently willing to let the midfielder depart.
But the England international appears to have impressed Nuno in recent weeks and was handed his first Premier League start of the season at Palace.
Winks didn’t have his best game for Tottenham although, when he was replaced on the hour mark, the game was still goalless.
Spurs were without Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn on Saturday, and Winks is likely to lose his place when those two return anyway.
Dele Alli’s most notable contributions at Selhurst Park were a series of unnecessary fouls throughout the match.
The England international has suffered a catastrophic dip in form in recent seasons and doesn’t look likely to recapture the glory of his younger years any time soon.
Tottenham have only scored three goals this season and desperately need players who can create and score. Alli doesn’t appear to be that man.
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