West Ham boss David Moyes has suggested that he was impressed with Heung-Min Son and Hugo Lloris, after the two Tottenham players were involved in a spat just after the half-time whistle against Everton on Monday night, as quoted by Football.London.
Lloris and Son faced off just before half-time during Spurs’ 1-0 win over the Toffees at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Frenchman felt that the South Korean had not put in enough defensive work to prevent Richarlison having a shot from range.
It was a rather strange moment. Lloris and Son are amiable, popular characters at Tottenham. And to see them at each others throats was quite the spectacle.
In a way, however, it showed how much they both care. The incident drew some negative attention, however, from some sections of fans and pundits.
Tim Sherwood accused Lloris of what he perceived to be a ‘premeditated attack’ on Son. And the former Spurs boss suggested that he expected more of the goalkeeper (Metro).
West Ham manager impressed with Spurs pair
But Hammers boss David Moyes pointed out how it would have actually been pleasing to see for Jose Mourinho, as quoted by Football.London:
“What I took from it was there was no crowd in the stadium. And the players were still at each other, because players really care. They’re professional, they want people to do everything right. If they see something wrong… and players digging each other out is a bit of a dying art. If you look at years gone by people would be dug out all over the place. I think Jose [Mourinho] said it was great and watching it. I quite enjoyed it as well. Without the passion of the supporters there they were definitely showing it on the pitch that it mattered to their team.”
Without condoning violence, Moyes would surely love to see that kind of passion amongst his own players at the London Stadium.
Because they really need it at the moment.
West Ham are embroiled in a relegation battle at the moment. A win over Burnley tonight would see the Hammers take a massive stride towards safety, however.
And hopefully the West Ham players will show as much fight and passion as Tottenham duo Lloris and Son did the other night.