Joe Cole slams ‘problematic’ Tottenham star over West Ham goal | Football

Kurt Zouma scored off his back during West Ham vs Tottenham (Photo: Getty)

Guglielmo Vicario has to share the brunt of the blame for conceding the equaliser in Tottenham’s draw against West Ham on Tuesday night.

Brennan Johnson gave Spurs the lead at the London Stadium inside five minutes, but Kurt Zouma levelled the game, with the ball finding the back of the net via the Irons captain’s back in the 19th minute.

West Ham’s goal came from a corner with Tottenham keeper Vicario in the complete wrong position to deal with Jarrod Bowen’s cross.

It is not the first time the Italian has made a mistake in a set-piece scenario which has ended up costing his side, and he was given a scolding at half-time by TNT Sports’ pundits.

‘Vicario goes, he’s in no man’s land and it just comes off Zouma’s back,’ former Chelsea and West Ham star Joe Cole said.

‘They [Spurs] look so nervy and so edgy as a unit from set pieces. When you’ve got a goalkeeper who is not comfortable with crosses, it makes you so wary.

‘Every set piece is a problem and you’re second guessing what you’re doing and West Ham have really exploited that.’

Spurs icon Glenn Hoddle added: ‘They look so vulnerable from corners Tottenham.

‘Every time they get a corner, just a simple in-swinger and there is panic in that defence. Keeper’s got to be stronger.

‘Spurs had three corners back-to-back, didn’t look dangerous at all. West Ham looked like they could cope.’

Vicario’s mistake would end up costing Tottenham as the game would finish 1-1, with Ange Postecoglou’s side missing a big opportunity to get ahead in the race for the top four.

As it stands, they are now fifth in the table, two points off Aston Villa who are due to travel to Manchester City on Wednesday night.

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