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Stephen Warnock has slammed Cristian Romero for his ‘unacceptable’ actions as Tottenham suffered a dramatic 4-3 defeat to Liverpool

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Stephen Warnock has slammed Cristian Romero for his ‘unacceptable’ actions as Tottenham Hotspur suffered a dramatic 4-3 defeat to Liverpool over the weekend.
The former Liverpool left-back added that Ryan Mason ’shook his head’ as Cristian Romero, from centre-back, decided to play centre-forward at Anfield.

“Where I was sat, I was watching Ryan Mason,” said Warnock. “There was a point in the first half where Romero is a centre-forward.

“He’s your right-sided of a three centre-back. He’s in the centre-forward position. I am watching thinking ‘what’s he going to do here?’ He’s screaming at him to get back in position. And he literally walked through the middle of the pitch.

“Ryan Mason stood, he put his hands on his hips and he just looked at the floor then shook his head. These are things you can’t legislate for in training, then take it into a game.

Source: HITC
 

TonyK

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Don’t think Romero has been great of late but when you are playing in a team full of cloggers then your standards are bound to drop.

Our defence is an absolute shambles and it has been apparent that Lloris, Sanchez, Tanganga, Dier and Davies all needed to be upgraded several seasons ago. 11m quid signings from Swansea should not be considered upgrades and the rapid turnover of wing-backs on both flanks will not have helped Romero produce consistent performances either.
 

Cel

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Don’t think Romero has been great of late but when you are playing in a team full of cloggers then your standards are bound to drop.

Our defence is an absolute shambles and it has been apparent that Lloris, Sanchez, Tanganga, Dier and Davies all needed to be upgraded several seasons ago. 11m quid signings from Swansea should not be considered upgrades and the rapid turnover of wing-backs on both flanks will not have helped Romero produce consistent performances either.
As much as I agree the defence needs upgrading, he has a point that as our best defender (Which he certainly is), if the rest of them are lacking confidence/talent/whatever (which they are), it would be helpful doesn't go bombing it out of position to CF leaving the rest of them exposed.

That's not a standards dropping thing, that's a discipline/concentration/awareness thing. I get that he maybe SHOULD be able to do it in a 5, cos there should be cover - but it's blatantly not solid enough to do so currently - especially away from home at a top club. It's not helping.

I just don't want Dier/Lenglet left 1-on-1 as our other, fastest and best tackling CB is halfway up the pitch, in a league where almost everyone counter attacks at pace - it's not worth the trade off atm of a potential attacking overload.
 

chico

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Warnock is another unintelligent pundit making cheap shots at a struggling defence. He ranks alongside Karen Carney in terms of quality of insightful comment and in depth knowledge. He won a medal as an unused sub in the UEFA Super Cup in 2005. He couldn't lace Cuti's boots as a player.
 

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Warnock is another unintelligent pundit making cheap shots at a struggling defence. He ranks alongside Karen Carney in terms of quality of insightful comment and in depth knowledge. He won a medal as an unused sub in the UEFA Super Cup in 2005. He couldn't lace Cuti's boots as a player.

So only observations from people with equivalent ability are valid then ?
 

mdharris

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I agree with Warnock here. I was astounded at how slow Romero was to get back.

He has not looked especially bothered since the World Cup ended. That’s the case with a lot of the Argentines - Messi, Paredes, Di Maria.

Do we have bigger things to worry about? Yes. But that type of indiscipline will seep through the squad. If Romero can get away with it, others will think they Can too (Dier was so slow getting back once too). It needs to be stamped out and Romero needs to show discipline and respect to the club.
 

mil1lion

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Was that when he hit the post? God forbid one of our too many defensive players tries to add an attacking outlet
 

Jules77

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Was that when he hit the post? God forbid one of our too many defensive players tries to add an attacking outlet
Yes agree, this is also a little bit of a plan with a back 3. One has license to push higher. Of course not really to become an attacker, but if the space is there and someone has to do it, then he has to on those odd occasions, right? Seems harsh to blanket criticize him.
 

mdharris

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Yes agree, this is also a little bit of a plan with a back 3. One has license to push higher. Of course not really to become an attacker, but if the space is there and someone has to do it, then he has to on those odd occasions, right? Seems harsh to blanket criticize him.
We’re not criticizing him for getting forward. It’s his reluctance to return to position when we lose the ball and the opposing team attacks. He was our furthest player forward for a long while after we lost the ball in the case Warnock mentions. He didn’t even try to get back for a good 20 seconds while the Liverpool attacked. Hence Mason’s frustration.
 

max cady

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Warnock is on Sky Sports football show and is so bias in his opinion. He is without doubt the worst ex-footballer they have on there. He sees no further than Liverpool and no other team matters.
 

mil1lion

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Yes agree, this is also a little bit of a plan with a back 3. One has license to push higher. Of course not really to become an attacker, but if the space is there and someone has to do it, then he has to on those odd occasions, right? Seems harsh to blanket criticize him.
I always liked that about Vertonghen when we went back 3, he was always good at making those runs forward and adds another dimension to the attack
 

Jules77

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We’re not criticizing him for getting forward. It’s his reluctance to return to position when we lose the ball and the opposing team attacks. He was our furthest player forward for a long while after we lost the ball in the case Warnock mentions. He didn’t even try to get back for a good 20 seconds while the Liverpool attacked. Hence Mason’s frustration.
It was one time and maybe he was knackered. The whole point of the system should be that he doesn’t have to peg it back, that there is cover. If it’s super important he gets back immediately, then he should never go up on the first place, but I don’t think that is the point of the back three system we try to play. I dunno. I get the point of course, but I don’t think we need to get too on his case about it. Hopefully an isolated incident.
 

barry

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Did he mention Jota's high foot, because I remember this fool doing a whole show on kane's tackle on Robertson being a red card.
 

mdharris

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It was one time and maybe he was knackered. The whole point of the system should be that he doesn’t have to peg it back, that there is cover. If it’s super important he gets back immediately, then he should never go up on the first place, but I don’t think that is the point of the back three system we try to play. I dunno. I get the point of course, but I don’t think we need to get too on his case about it. Hopefully an isolated incident.
If that was the instruction, then fine. But it wasn’t - Mason was screaming for him to get back and he refused. It’s poor discipline, and it’s not good enough.
 

Japhet

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One of those annoying twats who sees himself as a Liverpool player even though he played more than twice as many games for Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa, and more for Coventry, Leeds and Wigan.
 
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