First off, it is nice to win a penalty for once! Secondly, it’s nice to have someone who can score a penalty! Little Bobby did not see many sightings of goal as we struggled to open up Palace but he scored on his debut and the record books don’t separate penalties from the other goals.
We will see more of Soldado’s striking skills as the season progresses but it is always a good sign when you’re transfer record signing delivers on debut.
The other debutants
All four got on the pitch, and they all did well. Paulinho was full of drive, Soldado scored, Chadli had moments where he stood out, and all three looked like they would acclimatise to the Premier League straight away. However the player I was most impressed with was Etienne Capoue, who in his substitute appearance looked to have the tackling of Sandro, the strength of Dembele, but also some forward passing which our side severely lacked. Coming in under the radar, the Frenchman could be the best signing of the lot.
The season on loan at Sunderland seems have to been the making of Rose who combined looks of powerful running with some good defending. He has a tendency to go diving in, which while giving away free kicks will also add some aggression to a side that can be a little tame at times. He seems to have seen off BAE, but will he secure the left back spot for the whole season?
Clean sheet on the opening day and some smart saves at the end. While it probably won’t matter on Thursday, I do hope Hugo plays in the Europa League proper.
Scored in the 6-0 rout of Scotland U21s, smashing one past his fellow Spurs team mate Jordan Archer.
Let in six against England U21s overwhelmed their rivals north of the border. Not only did Archer see Carroll score past him, but there was also the embarrassment of England’s third goal, where Archer, kicking the ball from his hands, sliced it ten yards and was duly lobbed by Connor Wickham. He’s still young etc etc but not a week to remember.
England has a new goal scoring hero in Rickie Lambert, while Spurs have Soldado. JD could have turned his week around he had finished off his impressive burst through the Palace defence by scoring and settling our nerves, but he did not. It turned out alright in the end but Defoe will have to take the majority of the chances that come his way otherwise he might fall out of the picture for both club and country.