Opinion: Stat shows why Souness and Redknapp are wrong about Mourinho’s Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Despite Tottenham producing an accomplished performance on Sunday to beat Arsenal 2-0 in the North London derby and move back to the top of the table, the post-match coverage on Sky Sports was far from complimentary of Jose Mourinho’s side.

Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness were somewhat critical of Tottenham’s negative approach to the second half, with Redknapp even questioning if the Spurs players will enjoy playing this style of football.

Tottenham, of course, have a history of playing free-flowing attacking football and taking the game to the opposition, which was perhaps why the two pundits questioned Mourinho’s approach.

However, the numbers suggest that their criticism was way off the mark considering Tottenham are having no problems whatsoever finding the back of the net.

Not only are Jose Mourinho’s men the third-highest goal scorers in the league but James Maw revealed in The Athletic’s View From The Lane podcast that this is the highest number of goals that the Lilywhites have scored after eleven games for almost 60 years.

Maw revealed on the podcast that Tottenham’s 23-goal tally after eleven games is the joint highest the club have registered at this stage of the season since the mid-sixties.

It equals the tally which Spurs had after eleven games in the 2011-12 season, when ironically, Tottenham were heralded as one of the most attacking and entertaining teams to watch under Harry Redknapp.

So the numbers clearly show that the narrative about Tottenham being a hard watch is anything but reality.

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