Returned to his preferred centre back position, Super Jan scored the winner to cap an impressive display.
A first competitive appearance of the season, plus a goal for the U21s yesterday. With a busy Christmas period coming up, his return comes at a most opportune time.
This is a big season for Townsend. We’ve seen flashes of his quality – direct running, good dribbling, ability with both feet – and he has been one of the stand out performers for the U21s. He is the first reserve winger so it’s unlikely he will be allowed out on loan, so he needs to make the most of his opportunities.
He needs to turn in 20 minute cameos, progressing to 60 and then 90 minute performances and really establish himself in the squad. No longer a kid full of potential, Andros needs to show he is a real option for AVB and he did exactly that on Sunday.
Firstly, Friedel would not have come off his line to challenge Michu for that bouncing ball, secondly Hugo showed he is not afraid to give and take a whack. Stoke come next, and if he can deal with them he can deal with anything.
Indifferent display from the Togo international, and trudged off injured. We could do with him against Stoke, but only if he gets some hunger back in his belly. Shame Stoke are not one of his former clubs.
At least if you believe the rent-a-quote at Loftus Road. As might be expected, Adel Taarabt’s sale to QPR was not because the then manager, whoever that was, never selected him, but because the chairman wanted to make some money. Two goals in a win against Fulham apparently means Levy made a big mistake, or at least that is what Redknapp seems to be saying. No doubt his tune will change when Taarabt has a mare and throws a hissy fit.
The White Hart Lane crowd
Very quiet at the lane on Sunday. Maybe everyone was full up with Sunday lunch, but we were out sung by a few hundred Swansea fans for a good portion of the game. The 1882 movement should be encouraging us to get behind the team even when they or the game is not really doing much, regardless of there being an official 1882 presence. Sometimes the team needs some energy of the crowd. We shouldn’t need the team to give the crowd energy.