Category: sport

Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris ruled out until new year with dislocated elbow:

Bad news for Spurs and our captain of course BUT one wonders if this will be a blessing in disguise. Lloris has been making mistakes of late – Southampton and this incident at Brighton very recent examples. Also, his kicking leaves a whole lot to be desired. 

Two implications come to mind. 

One, is Gazzaniga good enough for the rigours of the Premier League? So far, he has not really let the team down when called upon AND his kicking is so much better than Lloris. Might be Gazza’s chance to make the position his own. Who knows?

Two, Harry Kane will now take over as captain and I think this might be a good thing in light of the poor results and the mediocre team performances. Kane is passionate about Spurs and he could be the right man to give these prima donnas a kick up their collective arses! 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Solskjær ‘beyond excited’ at three-year deal as Manchester United manager:

This news effectively ends any further speculation linking Mauricio Pochettino to the Manchester United job. More importantly, it provides Pochettino and his players a clear focus in the final run-in to the season as a top 4 position and Champions League glory beckon on the horizon. 

Not only that, the opening of the new stadium – and five home Premier League fixtures – provides Spurs with an ideal platform from which to pick up precious league points. 

Thus, there are no more excuses for any more hiccups – starting with the difficult Anfield encounter with title chasing Liverpool this Sunday. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Tottenham’s Harry Kane makes most of VAR to put Chelsea on back foot:

Constantly reminded of Jermaine Jenas’ comment that Spurs cannot play badly and win. Well, he has been proven wrong so many times this season that Jenas looks silly now. 

All that matters is the result, a slender lead to take to the Bridge. What is more significantly is that Spurs have not conceded in 2019! Long may it continue!!

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Christian Eriksen shows cool class as Tottenham cruise to victory over Cardiff:

A bit of a stroll in the end. Game effectively over in half an hour! 

Spurs’ Harry Kane shows Southampton’s new manager size of job ahead:

Forgot all about a match preview but suffice to say job done satisfactorily. Game over at 55th minute and Spurs took foot off the pedal basically, probably in anticipation of Leicester on Sunday. Back to third as Chelsea and Arsenal both dropped points. The battle for the Top 4 is well and truly on!!!

Christian Eriksen pounces to give Spurs crucial victory over Internazionale:

Got what we wanted and needed. Still alive! COYS!!! 

Juan Foyth scores first career goal to give Tottenham win at Crystal Palace:

Five games in thirteen days was definitely a test of squad depth that Spurs passed with flying colours, especially with 4 wins! 

When you consider that the likes of Rose, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Dier, Dembele, Son and Eriksen (!) were missing from the starting line-up, this 1-0 victory becomes even more significant. 

And the icing on the cake? Young defender Juan Foyth’s first goal for Spurs, which turned out to be the winner on a wet & dreary night in London. 

The delayed completion of the new stadium has meant that Spurs have played 8 away games out of the 12 so far. The fact that they have won 7 puts Spurs in a good position for the 2nd half of the season when hopefully, the new stadium will be ready. 

After all the noise over the lack of spending in the last transfer window, the emergence of players of Juan Foyth has vindicated Spurs’ transfer policy somewhat. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Son’s double sees Spurs past West Ham and into quarter-final at Arsenal:

As expected Mauricio Pochettino rang the changes against the Hammers in the Carabao Cup but with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min all starting, Spurs proved too good for West Ham to take their place in the quarter-finals where they will meet arch-rivals, Arsenal. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Riyad Mahrez’s early goal enough for Manchester City to see off Spurs:

Should have been a draw if the in-form Erik Lamela did not miss the perfect opportunity to equalise. But typically of Spurs, the game was lost in six minutes when Kieron Trippier’s mistake let Rahem Sterling in to set up Riyad Mahrez to turn in what would be the winner. Utterly predictable. Could have been worse. 

ANTHONY MARTIAL REVIVED

It feels like Anthony Martial has been playing forever. In 2015 the Frenchman arrived at Old Trafford for £36 million, reaching up to £50 million in add-ons, making him the most expensive teenager in football at the time. Since then Martial has shown glimpses of his talent, but has had his fair share of obstacles in the way. Arrivals of players like Ibrahimovic and Lukaku saw, being pushed out wide and not being trusted as Mourinho’s starting central striker, has limited Martial’s growth.

Martial was Man United’s top goalscorer in his first season with the club, scoring 18 goals in 56 games along with winning the FA Cup and winning the 2015 European Golden Boy Award. Since then Martial has not hit those same heights, but in recent weeks he is coming to the fold, scoring a brace in a 2-2 against Chelsea and slotting away another goal in his previous game against Everton.

With Lukaku benched, Sanchez and Rashford most likely shifted out wide and Man United wanting to renew Martial’s contract for the long term, could this be the season Martial finally sets his position as Man United’s main striker?

THE STATS

– Games: 13 (3 as substitute)

– Goals: 5

– Shots/game: 1.1

– Dribbles/game: 2.7

– Chances Created/game: 1.2