With just 96 hours, not that I’m counting, until they return with a tough trip to Manchester City, I am going to help bring that countdown down by reviewing the club’s top-four performers so far this season.
What praise can be lavished on Tottenham’s France goalkeeper that hasn’t already? Well in truth, not a lot, if any. Hugo Lloris has continued where he left off in a Lilywhtie shirt this season with all action world-class saves and dominating performances. His adoring audience probably didn’t think it was possible but the former Lyon man has reached another level this season. In truth, he probably hasn’t, he’s always been this good, it’s just we’re running out of praise, which has left us questioning is he one of the best-ever to regularly command the goalposts of White Hart Lane?
Now onto the not so obvious, well never expected in a million years! Danny Rose was a regular scapegoat last campaign, fairly or unfairly. The converted left winger was only ever going to go two ways this season under a new head coach and added competition in Ben Davies; it was either squad-rotation role or a loan to Queens Park Rangers. Many Spurs fans expected Rose to be sent out to gain first-ream experience, but boy we were wrong. Firstly, Mauricio Pochettino boldly handed him a new five-year deal and he has repaid the trust from the Argentine ever since, playing to his full capability. Evidence of such has been his first senior England call up and highly-rated replacement Ben Davies getting to know our Europa League opponents. Long may it continue for Rose!
Many supporters were completely uncertain regarding the future of Etienne Capoue in N17, as the previous season ended with heavy links to Rafael Benitez’s Napoli coupled and the appointment of Pochettino. The newly-appointed head coach desired to be reunited with his tried and trusted defensive midfielder Morgan Scheiderlin. So similar to Rose’s reformation, it is rather surprising to see the French enforcer playing a key role in the Argentine’s new side. Testament to Capoue’s great start is that he has seen more minutes under Pochettino than any of his team-mates, taking the focus away from the departure of fan favourite Sandro.
We’re continuing with the recent trend of reformed footballers since Pochettino’s arrival, and next in the line is Nacer Chadli. As the Belgian winger recently admitted, he had many offers in the summer and majority of fans would’ve expected him to take one, but he didn’t and has never looked back. Chadli has gone on to be used as a versatile forward, playing anywhere across the front four in the former Saints coach’s system and with great success. Currently carrying the accolade of Tottenham’s top goal-scorer this season and enjoying his football, there’s no reason his stellar performances should stop any time soon, and if they should he has some extra leeway, thanks to his Emirates goal and (mainly) celebration. Next stop Etihad Stadium please!
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