Thierry Henry spoke to Sky Sports News recently and took the opportunity to have a swipe at Spurs since many of their players have been selected for England’s Euro 2016 squad.
The Arsenal legend is convinced that although England have the potential to do well during the European tournament if they follow Wayne Rooney, some of their younger players, namely Spurs players, could let them down due to their mental weakness.
“Wayne Rooney is going to be key, to be in and around those youngsters,” the ex-forward said.
“We saw with Tottenham recently that some of their youngsters can be mentally weak sometimes.”
After Spurs drew 2-2 away to Chelsea thanks to that Eden Hazard goal, they stopped fighting. By only winning a point at Stamford Bridge, they’re forfeited the Premier League title, which Leicester City automatically won that night. After that, our north London rivals completely gave up the ghost, even throwing away second on the final day after we beat Aston Villa and they lost against Newcastle.
Although on the surface it appears to be a pretty general statement from Henry, if you look at what he said in detail, it seems as if he’s just blaming one player for Spurs’ weakness. So who is Henry ‘throwing shade’ at?
Kyle Walker (26), Danny Rose (25), Harry Kane (22), Eric Dier (22) and Dele Alli (20) were all picked for the England squad traveling to France this June but only Dier, Kane and Walker started during Spurs’ infamous 5-1 loss to the newly relegated Newcastle on the final day of the season, as well as the loss to the Saints before that. Rose did play against Southampton and also got a cameo against the Magpies but, considering Walker and Rose are both in their mid-20s, I doubt either are one of the ‘younger players’ Thierry is referring to.
— England (@England) May 31, 2016
This narrows it down to Kane and Dier. The former of which, I highly doubt would be blamed for the Lilywhites humiliation at the hands of the magpies. Like it or not, he’s been on fire this season, scoring 28 goals overall. Although, admittedly, he didn’t score in their final matches, which Spurs lost both of (Southampton and Newcastle).
Could he be referring to Dier? The midfielder assisted Spurs’ only goal of the match from Erik Lamela. Could it be possible that the 22-year-old has been over-hyped thanks to a few goals and solid early performances?
Was Henry even referring to anyone specific or was he just making a general sweeping statement at the expense of Arsenal’s closest rivals?