Tottenham Hotspur were held by Championship side Middlesbrough in the FA Cup third round on Sunday afternoon, and after the match fans were heavily critical of a starter in the contest.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho picked a strong side at the Riverside Stadium, but his team laboured for much of the match, and will have to do it again back in London, if they are to book their spot in the next stage of the famous competition.
Although Tottenham were without the injured Harry Kane, there was a chance for the remainder of their attacking core to showcase their talents, against a side who until recently were struggling for results in the second tier, but it didn’t really happen, despite Lucas Moura cancelling out Ashley Fletcher’s opener after the break.
One man who was given the opportunity to shine from the beginning was Christian Eriksen, but once again the Danish playmaker failed to impress, amid rumours that he could be offloaded to Inter Milan at some point during the January transfer window.
With Kane missing, Spurs needed the experienced midfielder to be at his best if they were to dominate the Championship outfit, but what they got was anything but that it has to be said.
Eriksen has failed to find his best form throughout the season, leading to his relationship with Tottenham fans to become quite strained, so he really needed to do something against Middlesbrough to win them over.
It is fair to say that he failed to get close to doing that, with a number of Spurs supporters taking to social media during the game, and after the final whistle to stress that they have had enough of the creative force, and want to see the back of him.
Here are the pick of their messages on Twitter:
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- Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta waxes lyrical about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s leadership skills
- Man City boss Pep Guardiola responds to Raheem Sterling exit hint
- Jurgen Klopp voices his concern about controversial Newcastle United takeover
- Raheem Sterling reveals his frustration with lack of game time at Manchester City