The current Tottenham side and their style are beginning to look a lot like Real Madrid says Spurs legend and now BBC pundit Garth Crooks in an article in today’s London Evening Standard.
We have had a poor start to our stint at Wembley, in contrast to our away form in the Premier League with three wins on the road in September.
We ended a superb month with that excellent victory at Huddersfield with Harry Kane (two), Ben Davies and even Moussa Sissoko all scoring.
Welsh defender Davies also added an assist to his goal, with Tripps setting up both of Harry’s efforts which capped an excellent return for our wing-backs.
Arguably neither would have been expected to be first choice going into the 2017-18 season this season, but of course Kyle Walker jumped ship to Manchester City, and with Danny Rose’s long term injury problems, opportunity knocked for both players.
Crooksy,who chose both defenders in his BBC Team of the Week wrote: “If Guardiola is trying to get Manchester City to play in the style of Barcelona then you could be forgiven for thinking that Mauricio Pochettino looks like he is developing a team in the image of the current Real Madrid side.
“The one-touch football played by Spurs against Huddersfield was, at times, mind-blowing. The goal which involved practically every member of the Tottenham team, resulting in a memorable finish by Ben Davies, was just pure quality from start to finish.”
Crooks was also enthusiastic about Kieran Trippier’s display, writing: “I noticed Kieran Trippier when he played for Burnley against Spurs at White Hart Lane, and he stood out then.
“That seems a long time ago, but if you had asked me then was this lad capable of playing Champions League football, I would have told you he had an awful lot of work to do.
“But that is precisely the point. Trippier came to Spurs with serious competition for his place in the starting line-up. But the young full-back seems to have done it. He’s been a consistent member of the first-team squad for some time and is playing with bags of confidence in a Spurs set-up bristling with confidence.
“Huddersfield Town never laid a glove on Spurs all afternoon in Yorkshire. As for Trippier’s performance, it was of the highest order. Everything he seemed to do was done with such finesse and quality. It was a Trippier header that set up Harry Kane’s first goal, and it was nothing short of genius.”
After a great month of football we head into the international break full of confidence, however Crooks has warned the lads that no less than a trophy will do – even if their football is scintillating to watch.
The former striker wrote; “While I get the feeling Spurs fans could watch this style of football forever, regardless of the outcome, it would be a crime if the team couldn’t crown these sorts of displays with a trophy at the end of the season,”
“There is only Manchester City who can live with the football Spurs are producing at the moment, and if they could transfer that into silverware then never mind Harry Kane being the best Tottenham striker that ever lived, this could be the best Spurs team. ”
Encouraging words there for the lads but also words of warning and it makes sense that the next step for our young side is to win trophies. We’ve come very close in recent seasons could it be third time lucky this season? As always let us know your thoughts.
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