But as Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen has conceded, Spurs have made a rather volatile start to the season under the Argentine head coach.
From impressive displays against London rivals West Ham United, QPR and Arsenal to sluggish performances against Liverpool and West Brom, there are many things we, as fans, are learning about Tottenham this season and here are five!
The product of the Tottenham Academy may not have been the most fortunate during the ultimately disappointing 2-2 draw at Sunderland, but as a whole, Harry Kane has proven to be a key asset so far this season. As a versatile option to play in any of the three positions behind the striker or the front man himself, he has bagged six goals in 10 starts, 14 appearances in total. The White Hart Lane faithful, me included, will be hoping that will continue for a long time to come.
As fans continue to question how important a role the Europa League is to play this season, some attaching that to disappointing results, it’s widely acknowledged by supporters that this is to be a campaign with contrasting results as the former Saints Head Coach gets to grips with life in the White Hart Lane hot-seat, with varying results from Arsenal away to West Brom at home evidence. None the less everyone attached to the Club will be hoping they pick up where they left off after the international break.
Chairman Daniel Levy has long been criticised for appointing coaches contrasting in approaches; from traditional English man Manager Harry Redknapp to European tactical coaches in Juande Ramos and Andre Villas-Boas, but he may have got it right. It’s a big may, but Pochettino is showing the right signs, from making effective substitutions to contrasting tactics to suit the opponent. The side may be taking a while to adopt the tactics but they are there. Tottenham now have an identity, something that was missing entirely last season.
From Emmanuel Adebayor’s reluctance to press from the front to Roberto Soldado’s, well you know the story there, either way they aren’t cutting it. A striker is something all fans called for in the summer transfer window and it appears we’re right, Kane aside, Spurs are lacking a threat up front even if the three behind are impressing, Nacer Chadli most notably. Ah well, there’s always January right?
Hugo Lloris really is world class. Lloris was the one many expected to depart N17 in the summer with an all too familiar transfer saga, ending with the French keeper holding a all white shirt in the sun of a beautiful Madrid afternoon. So when it was announced that he had signed a new five-year deal, it is fair to say it was a surprise. Since that day, he has reminded the audience that adores him with cries of “Hugo!” how good he is – and boy he is good. Let’s hope he remains in the lily white of Tottenham for those five years, because he’s reached another level this season.
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