Six of the best!
What an amazing X’mas present for Spurs fans as the team put Everton to the sword with a X’mas cracker of a win at Goodison.
Considering the final result, it’s ironic that Everton actually took the lead against the run of play. Ex-gooner Theo Walcott got on the end of Calvert-Lewin’s centre after a sequence of defensive lapses on Spurs’ part.
But Spurs soon came back, thanks largely to a mix-up between Everton goalkeeper Pickford and defender Zouma, leaving Son Heung-Min to curl the ball into an empty net from a tight angle.
Now Spurs were purring and by half-time, had a two-goal cushion.
First, Dele Alli found himself unmarked coming into the Everton’s penalty box after brilliant work from Moussa Sissoko and Son to cooly slot past the hapless Pickford.
Second, Harry Kane finally found his finish – after some uncharacteristic misses – when Kieron Trippier’s free-kick cannoned against the upright and Kane’s instincts served him well with Pickford once again in no-man’s land.
Everton were shell-shocked at half-time and things would get worst for them in the early stages of the 2nd half when Christian Eriksen got onto the end of yet another ball poorly cleared by Everton to volley the ball home with aplomb.
While ex-Spur Sigurdsson halved the deficit with an impressive solo goal – which Hugo Lloris probably could have done better with, there was still a sense that there were more goals to come.
And so there were. Erik Lamela – who had replaced Dele Alli, the victim of a shocking tackle (unpunished!) from Pickford – proved his worth by fashioning a through-ball which Son flicked between the legs of Pickford to make it five!
And still Spurs kept going with Kane providing the icing on the (X’mas) cake with a classy strike to complete a wonderful team move that involved Ben Davies and that man Son once more.
Are Spurs title contenders? Two and six points off Man City and Liverpool respectively with its best Premier League points tally after 18 games indicate that Spurs will be thereabouts by the end of the season.
It does not matter. What is most important is that Spurs keep marching on, despite the multitude of obstacles in their way of achieving something special in 2018-2019. Belief is all!
COME ON YOU SPURS!!!
Four games in 10 days – beginning with a tricky visit to Goodison Park!
Hopefully, once the players are back on the pitch, they can put aside the media frenzy surrounding manager Mauricio Pochettino and get the three points up for grabs.
Pure and simple really. It won’t be easy primarily because once more, fatigue will be a crucial factor and Pochettino will be mindful of the upcoming fixture congestion and will need to rotate.
So it could be anyone’s guess what that starting lineup turns up to be. We do know that the likes of Serge Aurier, Moussa Dembele, Eric Dier, Vincent Wanyama and Jan Vertonghen are definitely out.
But in any case, here is my prediction for the line-up that hopefully will bring “home” another three points : Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Skipp, Sissoko, Lamela, Dele, Moura, Kane.
COME ON YOU SPURS!!!