Here is a list of players whose play I found to be inoffensive against Stoke City: Harry Kane, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Federico Fazio. I would not classify any of them as great, but none of them sucked. The rest of the team was pretty bad, which is reflected in a 3-0 loss to Stoke City in which Tottenham Hotspur generated almost no scoring chances.
I considered handing man of the match to Fazio, who did very well given the circumstances. He was excellent considering his surroundings -- Eric Dier, Vlad Chiriches, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb were not only bad, but about as poor as they've been at any point in the season. Even Hugo Lloris was below average. But as valiantly as Fazio performed in the face of adversity, he wasn't Spurs' most important player.
That honor goes to Charlie Adam, who didn't just beat out Fazio, but fellow nominees "the promise of the offseason" and 'the inevitable march of time."
Giving a man of the match honor to Adam might be offensive to Spurs fans, as it should be. No player has terrorized us more with his bulls--t deflected goals, lucky assists and stamps on our stars' legs. When he plays against Spurs, I hate him more than any other footballer on earth.
But what he did on Saturday was important -- he showed us, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we're not good enough. What we're doing is not going to work out eventually. Mauricio Pochettino's combination of these players, this formation and this system is not going to work if they're getting downright obliterated by Charlie f--king Adam. This was the definitive moment that dispelled any illusions of future promise that we had about this particular front six and central defense group.
I have faith that this was finally it for Poche. That after watching this, he's going to try different pivot players, a different formation, a different something. We might finally get some experimentation and preparation for the summer over the next two games, and for that, we have only Adam to thank.