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Tottenham 2-1 Leeds: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, English Premier League 22 Nov 2021

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It was another intense weekend of Premier League action in recent days and that was especially true for Super Sunday. The late kick-off, in North London, saw Tottenham Hotspur play host to Leeds United in what was easily one of the most intriguing clashes that either side has been involved in so far this season.

Leeds managed to take the lead just before half-time through Dan James, but second half efforts from Hojbjerg and Reguilon ensured that Spurs were the ones who managed to get back on the winning trail.

The Conte effect

Tottenham looked really, really in the first 45 minutes and that may well be us putting it lightly. They just couldn’t string anything together whatsoever and then, in the second half, everything seemed to change. They were far more urgent both on and off the ball and the only way in which such an alteration would’ve happened is through the guidance of their manager. Antonio Conte changed things up and got them playing again, and by doing so, he lit the kind of spark that we haven’t seen under this team in quite some time.

Worry for Leeds

Leeds United’s dreaded second season syndrome concerns are beginning to come to fruition. They aren’t quite lingering down in the bottom three yet but when you see who is situated in those positions, it makes sense for the Leeds faithful to be a bit concerned. It’s important to be in some kind of positive form heading into such a busy winter period and for whatever reason, Marcelo Bielsa isn’t getting the best out of his players right now. With Brighton, Palace and Brentford ahead, Leeds need to understand how valuable the next three fixtures are.

Questions remain for Spurs

Burnley, Brentford and Norwich are next up for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and that can surely only be a good thing. With that being said, there are definitely areas for Antonio Conte to work on – and those areas are pretty substantial. The best word that can be used to describe their squad right now is deadwood and we think that’s probably putting it lightly. They have to start playing up to their potential because if we see a few more below-par performances, you know Conte isn’t going to hesitate in making some big moves during the January transfer window.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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