Daniel Levy slated as Tim Sherwood rails at ‘disgusting’ display by Tottenham star who should be ‘relieved’ of duties
Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood slammed debutant Pedro Porro and feels he should be ‘relieved of his duties’ after Spurs were thrashed by Leicester City.
Porro, 23, was a January loan signing from Sporting and was handed his debut at King Power Stadium. But it was far from a happy occasion as the Foxes came from behind to pull off a 4-1 triumph. Rodrigo Bentancur gave the north Londoners’ a 14th-minute lead but Leicester led 3-1 at the interval.
Nampalys Mendy levelled affairs on 23 minutes before James Maddison gave the hosts the lead just two minutes later.
Kelechi Iheanacho put some daylight between the sides four minutes into first-half stoppage time.
Harvey Barnes had a goal disallowed by VAR but the winger then added a fourth nine minutes from time.
Spurs had won back-to-back top-flight games prior to the East Midlands showdown. But they were woeful throughout the 90 minutes, with Brendan Rodgers’ men good value for the three points.
Pundits could have got stuck into many of the visiting stars for their display. But Sherwood chose to single out Porro.
The Spain international looked out of sorts during the first 45 minutes and he was at fault for Barnes’ disallowed effort.
And Sherwood pulled no punches in his assessment of the right-back.
“I don’t want to keep picking on the kid but he needs to be relieved of his duties,” Sherwood told Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday.
“I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt because it is his debut but Pedro Porro is so bad it is unbelievable.
“His positioning is absolutely disgusting, Barnes and Maddison are destroying him down the left hand side.”
Sherwood takes aim at Tottenham recruitment
Spurs picked up Porro on transfer deadline day. They forked out £5m for the loan, with the obligation to buy in the summer for £39m.
However, Sherwood clearly feels it would be wasted cash and another in a long line of questionable purchases.
“Daniel Levy was saying this week, they have spent a lot of money. Yes they have, but their recruitment has been very poor and this is the latest addition,” he added.
“Let’s not make any conclusions at the moment but what I am looking at is a player who does not want to defend.
“Antonio Conte has complained about the defending and this player, at the moment is struggling to defend.”
Antonio Conte was back in the Spurs dugout after undergoing surgery to remove his gallbladder.
The Italian missed last Sunday’s 1-0 win over Manchester City as he had the operation in Italy last week. But it was not an ideal return as Spurs were second best in every department.
The media will doubtless have a field day and Conte’s position at the helm will again be called into question.
And there will be little time for the London Stadium outfit to lick their wounds as a trip to play AC Milan awaits.
Spurs take on the Italian giants in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 at the San Siro on Tuesday evening.
Two London derbies then follow in the league as Tottenham host West Ham United and Chelsea.
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