Jose Mourinho handed a full Spurs debut to new signing Gedson Fernandes on Saturday and the result was less than thrilling.
Fernandes, 21, had made substitute cameos in the recent Premier League games against Watford and Norwich, but this FA Cup tie at Southampton has his first start.
He lasted 56 minutes before being replaced by Erik Lamela – a change which instantly saw Spurs improve, with Lamela setting up Son Heung-min for the opener moments later.
During his 56 minutes on the pitch, Fernandes touched the ball 19 times, completed seven of his 10 attempted passes and made one tackle.
Contrary to some shouting on Twitter, it wasn’t an awful performance, but it certainly wasn’t good from the former Benfica ace either.
And Mourinho’s post-match quotes reflected this. Speaking to Spurs TV, he said: “It’s not easy. The Portuguese league is played at a different pace and intensity.
“He’s played a different style so it’s not easy to arrive and be ready, especially in a game like this, or Watford. There are short spaces to play, it is very direct.. not easy.
“Portuguese football is more like Spanish football than English football. It was difficult for him, but a good experience.”
Sofiane Boufal drew Southampton level late on, forcing a replay which will take place next month.
Spurs have now not won at St Mary’s in their last four attempts.