Not for the first time this Tottenham team are being asked to maintain their push for a Champions League spot with the odds stacked against them. Earlier this month they ended a run of 3 games in just 6 days against one of the title favourites Arsenal, now they have to take on the current champions Chelsea after a tough European fixture on Thursday that entailed a 5000 mile round trip.
Tottenham have now gone twelve games unbeaten in the Premier League to equal their record and now seem to have found a way to turn draws into wins to narrow the gap to the top of the league to four points. They are now just two behind Arsenal and City in 3rd spot, only City have a slightly better goal difference, only two teams have scored more goals and only United have conceded less.
Tottenham had a huge six days prior to the international break with two premiership fixtures and an important Europa fixture in between the two, they came out of that with all ambitions intact and without any more major injury concerns. Today they have to manage without a rejuvenated and important team member in Erik Lamela (many would not have expected that to be the case a couple of months back), there must also be a doubt about Moussa Dembele who it was reported had suffered a minor knock whilst with the Belgian squad.
Tottenham go into todays fixture with West Ham riding the crest of a wave both as a club, a team and as do many of their individual players. Eleven league league games unbeaten and following on from three games in six days that should have culminated in three straight wins but blighted by a late equaliser at the Emirates by Arsenal last time out. Nevertheless the last performance was almost perfect against one of the title favourites and brought with it tremendous praise and a change in attitude from the most unlikely of pundits.
As the weeks go by and Tottenham’s unbeaten run continues not only the team, players and fans of the club grow in confidence but opposing teams begin to fear facing up to a team that seems to perform better and better as the weeks go by. Defensively very strong, powerful across midfield and with an edge up front this Tottenham team are already clearly able to give even the very best a decent test as Manchester City and Arsenal would no doubt now confirm.
Though nothing official has yet been announced reports emanating from Spain and confirmed by the Metro seem to suggest that Tottenham have all but secured a deal for one of the stars of the Nigerian U17 team Victor Osimhen. At the recent U17 World Cup he was the tournaments top goalscorer with ten goals in seven games enabling his country to win the title.
Below is a video of the goals he scored which seem to suggest the tall, gangly, powerful frontman knows the way to goal and has a prescence about him. Not short on skill and pace he plundered all manner of goals along the route to winning the trophy and does seem a fine prospect for the future if progression can be maintained.
In recent weeks Tottenham have been grabbing more and more of the headlines as results and performances have taken a distinct upturn. Undefeated in eleven premiership fixtures doesn’t happen too often and particularly so for teams not used to challenging for all but the top two or three league positions. Since the 4-1 victory over the then and still current table toppers Manchester City the unbeaten league run has continued and the teams stock has risen culminating in what should have been a beating for our nearest neighbours on Sunday.
Can any Tottenham supporter not have been mightily impressed by yesterdays performance at the Emirates? Pochettino’s youthful squad took on the form team in their own backyard and for eighty minutes destroyed what was considered to be one of the mightiest midfields in the premiership. As usual most pundits gave Spurs little chance of any sort of result with the usual suspects predicting a heavy defeat for the visiting team, what happened was anything but and it could and probably should have been a hiding handed to the team in red.
Not since the opening day of the season have Tottenham suffered a league defeat and even then all but the most biased Manchester United supporter would agree that a point or perhaps all three would not have flattered the youthful Tottenham team. Since then Mauricio Pochettino has overseen his team to five wins and five draws and performances that perhaps should have garnered even more points and a far higher league position.
Paul Merson, who we know is one of the most biased pundits, has very recently lauded the true North London club and only a couple of weeks back admitted that their performances deserved a higher position in the league.
Undefeated since the opening day of the season, three draws is not enough to satisfy the coach, team or fans of the club and a win is desperately needed to get things properly up and running. despite considerable amounts of doom and gloom from some quarters of the media and our fanbase the reality is that performances have in the main been good, arguably Spurs have been the better team in the most part in every game and 3 points is not a fair reflection of the season so far.