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Pedro Porro went off as Tottenham lost heavily to Newcastle United

HomeStats & Tactics Daniel Lewis Sun 14 April 2024 18:40, UK

The dust is settling on a terrible 4-0 defeat for Tottenham away at Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon (13 April).

Spurs were on the end of another heavy loss at St James' Park as their top-four Premier League hopes took a bruising.

Micky van de Ven was widely singled out for blame at the end of the game - and rightly so after being at fault multiple times in a real off-day.

Pedro Porro error costly in Newcastle United loss However, Pedro Porro perhaps owes his defensive team-mate an apology because the second Newcastle goal was down to his error.

Porro played a lazy flicked pass back in the direction of Guglielmo Vicario, which Anthony Gordon intercepted and calmly converted.

Speaking on commentary for TNT Sports [13 April], Ally McCoist summed it up when saying: "It's a really composed finish across the goalkeeper.

"But dear me. It's a shocking back pass in the first place, you have to say. What a finish again. The ball back in from Pedro Porro is shocking."

That was one of three passes Porro misplaced for an 82-per-cent accuracy [Sofascore] - the fifth-lowest of any Tottenham player.

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Porro lost possession five times and lost three of his eight duels prior to going off early in the second period, having touched the ball 34 times [WhoScored].

The Spaniard did complete his two dribbles attempts, in fairness, and made one tackle of note, but this was still a disappointing performance.

Pedro Porro could miss Tottenham v Arsenal So much so that, factoring in his substitution with a hamstring injury, Ange Postecoglou will surely be tempted to leave him out versus Arsenal.

Instead, it could be that Emerson Royal is turned to for the huge showdown on the basis of this shocking defensive display from Spurs.

If Porro is not at 100 per cent, which he certainly was not against Newcastle, then he should not be used - this is what happens otherwise.

Porro has been superb this season, ranked as he is in the top five per cent of full-backs across Europe's top five leagues for assists per 90 (0.26).

Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou looking exasperated. Ange Postecoglou watched his Tottenham side struggle versus Newcastle United Furthermore, as per FBref, he is also in the top four percent for blocks per 90 (1.98) and top 10 per cent for tackles per 90 (2.81).

However, if he is not on his game then Arsenal could have a field day down that side of the pitch.

Let's just hope he returns to peak fitness over the next fortnight, or else Postecoglou will have to make a big selection decision.

In other Tottenham news, Robbie Savage has named one Spurs player in his Premier League Team of the Season.