Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood claims Pedro Porro was “so bad it’s unbelievable” on his Spurs debut against Leicester City.
Porro signed for Tottenham on transfer deadline day from Sporting Lisbon on a loan deal until the end of the season with an obligation to make the move permanent in the summer.
The 23-year-old got his chance to impress for Spurs on Saturday when he made his debut against the Foxes but it was a terrible day at the office for the Spaniard and his team-mates.
Tottenham took the lead through Rodrigo Bentancur – who will now miss the rest of the season with an injury – before Leicester hit back via goals from Nampalys Mendy, James Maddison, Kelechi Iheanacho and Harvey Barnes to win 4-1.
A win would’ve taken them above Newcastle United and into the top four places in the Premier League and Sherwood picked out debutant Porro – who was subbed after 75 minutes – for criticism in the disappointing loss to Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Speaking during his role as a Sky Sports pundit, Sherwood said: “I don’t want to keep picking on the kid but he needs to be relieved of his duties at the moment.
“I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt because it’s his debut but Pedro Porro is so bad it’s unbelievable.
“His positioning is disgusting, Barnes and Maddison are destroying him down the left hand side. He’s just ran inside him, he hasn’t even seen him, he gets the ball played in and lets him run inside him.”
Over the last two transfer windows Tottenham have spent €177.90m – per Transfermarkt – but Sherwood has criticised the recruitment department at Spurs over the players they’ve brought in.
Sherwood added: “Daniel Levy said this week they’ve spent a lot of money, yes they have, but their recruitment has been very, very poor and this is the latest addition.
“Let’s not make any conclusions yet, but what I’m looking at is a player who doesn’t want to defend, Conte has complained about the defending and this player is struggling to defend, very disappointing.
“I’ve seen him play before, he looks like a decent player going forward, but if you want someone to defend…”
Tottenham face AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday and forward Son Heung-min admits talk is cheap after their poor result against Leicester.
“I wouldn’t say we are confident, but words are not enough. We just have to go there and show on the pitch, that’s the most important thing,” Son said on the Milan match.
“I can stand here and speak all day but the most important thing is on the pitch. We have to be as a unit and we have to be all together in the same way.
“Of course, it will be really tough, don’t get me wrong. We have to be more than ready, more than 100 per cent.
“We have only a few more days so we have to recover well, eat well, sleep well and go there and give it absolutely everything to achieve our aim.
“You learn more in a bad performance than in a good one. The performance was really poor and the fans deserve more than they received.
“We are playing in the Champions League on Tuesday, this was everyone’s dream and we wanted to be in this position last year.
“This could be the most important game because it’s a knockout stage so we have to bounce back stronger than ever. This will be a very important game.
“This could be the biggest lesson for us and this lesson should not be happening in Milan.”