2015 began on an incredible high… Just mere hours after we’d seen the back of the seemingly endless pile of Turkey sandwiches, and we’d clinked champagne flutes to the twelfth chime of Big Ben, came one of the most magical matches White Hart Lane had witnessed – Pochettino’s platoon impressively unpicking the stitches of the “Special Ones” tight-knit strategies.
Yet 10 days thereafter we see a side surrender to a team that hadn’t picked up all three points in any one game for two months. A goal-shy collective that were more mud-hut than Crystal Palace…until they played Spurs of course. That, followed by a pulsating FA Cup comeback crusade against an inform Burnley in the third round, but a failure at the paws of the Foxes in the fourth, added even more topsy to an already turvey January.
Alright, the season as a whole, thus far, has seen more ups and downs than the Grand Old Duke of York on a pogo-stick, but that’s typical Tottenham. However, besides the odd blip, we now resemble a team heading in the right direction. Onwards and upwards? Well, sitting comfortably enough around a Europa League seat, we’ve got our feet under the post-Holiday table, ferociously playing footsy with those alluring Champions League places.
Then there’s the League Cup… Regularly deemed an insignificant honour but a trophy is a trophy right? And, with a semi-final second leg showdown with Sheffield United scheduled this week, (albeit tougher on grass than paper) surely Wembley will be welcoming us to a Final Day appearance – the memorabilia market men must already be knitting the white and navy half of those souvenir scarves, and the match programmes must already be filled with the Spurs side of the story. But, as Tottenham fans we have learnt never to count our cockerels.
One things an absolute certainty though… We are in a much finer place at the turn of the year than we were at the beginning of the season. The emerging cockney swagger and youthful fearlessness of Mr Kane has freshened the frontline up, the consistently graceful handwork from Hugo has solidified the backline, and the manager now appears to know where he’s taking us, and in exactly which fashion he wants to take us there.
January has certainly been a journey, and we may make the odd detour from February onwards, but at least we now look like a unit in the driving seat.
In Poch we trust.FREE £20 Bet: Tottenham to beat Sheffield United 2-0 and Harry Kane to score – 22/1
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