A storm swept over North London last Wednesday. Hull City, victory within sight, were blown away as the Harri-Kane struck. It was the England U21 international’s first Spurs goal in 22 months, and showing some good strength, movement and ball striking, one wonders whether Kane should not be in the match day squads every week, given Adebayor’s absence.
Another clean sheet, even if he can’t remember it.
The beast is back, putting n another very impressive performance until injury concerns meant his withdrawal at Goodison Park. On the one hand it’s great to have the Brazilian back performing if anything better than before his injury in January, on the other its alarming that the midfield loses its authority with Moussa Dembele in Sandro’s stead.
That knee injury will have to be carefully managed but we should have the squad strength to avoid testing the joint too much. Capoue’s return is most opportune.
He did save a couple of penalties, and I don’t think there was anything he could have done with Hull’s first goal, but the second goal showed again how different Brad is from Hugo. There is no way Lloris would have stayed on his line at a corner that was headed in six yards from goal, dead central.
Also, I bet Friedel can’t believe his luck that he happens to be competing against the one Frenchman that is not a coward! Brad was all stripped and ready to go, bless him...
The only Spurs player to miss a penalty, epitomising his start in a lilywhite shirt. He had looked better against hull but still short of where he should be.
Note also that when Lamela trudged back it was Kyle Walker (and pretty much only him) that moved towards the Argentine and put an arm around his shoulder.
I don’t think it’s his fault that we are not scoring enough goals, but the media is starting to get on his back. The fact is he is not getting the service a striker would expect, his runs aren’t being noticed let alone picked out, and he is often the only one running beyond the back line, but naturally a lot of pundits will only look at the goals scored column.
He got the atmosphere he wanted in the League Cup, but the struggles were the same. A wonder goal from Siggy and a late Kane strike covered our usual sins, and after completing dominating Everton up until the final third in the first 45 we could not create any real opportunities.
Lies, damn lies, and statistics. Anyone who regularly attends Tottenham games or sees the whole 90 minutes knows that despite having the most shots in the Premier League, we have created very few clear cut chances. Keepers do not need to have ‘worldies’ against us anymore, and the lack of a coherent game plan to get the first goal or break down teams is worrying. After the outburst last week Andre should have known the spotlight would turn on him and the team if the fans picked up their game, and another couple of impotent displays in the attacking third were not what the manager needed.