24 games played
50 points collected
46 goals scored: Golden Boot striker in form
16 conceded: Best defence in the league
With the season almost two-thirds of the way through and the winter transfer window only recently closed. It seems to be a perfect time to review the season so far.
Our hopes were high, last season having competed for the title it was important to continue that level of performance and challenge again despite the major changes and cash infused transfers that took place around us.In
In fact the stats for this season paint a picture that is better than last season in all respects. We have gotten more points, we have scored more goals and have conceded fewer. Our league position is better, because overall we have won more and lost less.
The fighting spirit in the camp, to come back against Manchester City despite not playing the best football, and the grinding out of results like vs. Middlesbrough, where we managed a 1-0 versus meandered off to a draw, shows the progress of the team to get results when not at the best.
On our best day, however we have had the wonderful 4-0 demolitions and not only do we have “one of our own” Kane firing but now Dele is also joining in and adding his magic touches.
We do continue to play a little casual at times without what Pochettino explains as the hunger and desire to win the match and that was seen in our Champions League performances. To have gone out the way we did after our last taste of the competition was quite sour but the team has since lost that lackluster look and has started to display the fire again. The recent 1-0 victory while not having the massive score line showed the much crisper and purposeful passing that made us sure that our goal would come.
Our aim at the start of the season and in the summer window was to add squad depth and Victor Wanyama who many considered to be behind Dier in the pecking order has stunned us by the partnership he has struck up with Dembele. Recently spurs-tv have been trying to call attention to their brilliance in midfield, but the task was highly redundant as the two together have made possible one of the toughest and most astute midfield pairing in the league. And the emergence of young Harry Winks shows that the potential in the midfield is sky high.
Other signings in Nkoudou, Sissoko and Jannsen all have the fans split. Infact many would not blink twice if they were moved on in the off-season. With the exception of Sissoko though there is some real promise from the other two. GK has had moments of brilliance in his displays and Jannsen has shown his hard work rate and link-up play even if he has shown an inability to score from free play this season. But don’t forget the starts Lamela and Son had to their spurs career. Many wanted them to leave after their first seasons and both have grown into really strong players for the club, especially son who has thrived in front of goal in the absence of Lamela.
Sissoko is one that I wonder will never truly have the impact desired but for now he remains the senior man on the bench for spurs and adds some new dimensions to the club even if they don’t usually lead to a goal and he won’t start any of the really big matches. 30mil for him is something to go into in another article.
But more or less the season so far has shown real promise. Chelsea may have a 9 point lead but I fully expect to see that shortened before the end of the season. Whether we will manage to overcome them or not remains to be seen.
We are still in 3 competitions and have a good chance of winning the lot. The season so far is very promising.Let’s hope this last season at the lane is one where we do lift a trophy and see poch come to the centre circle and dance with dear Levy.
Let’s hope this last season at the lane is one where we do lift a trophy and see Poch come to the centre circle and dance with Daniel Levy.
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