Tottenham’s top 5 performances this season
Tottenham have produced many great performances this season in their quest for a top four finish. Firstly, they must eradicate this current disjointed form. Two Premier League defeats in succession is simply unacceptable at this stage of the season for a top-four chasing team. There’s no doubt that the spine of the team is there. An undisputed goalkeeper, several top-class centre backs, and some attacking dynamite.
Out of the top four chasing teams, Tottenham probably have the hardest run-in. There are still trips to Swansea and Chelsea, as well as difficult home fixtures against Manchester City and Everton. The pursuit of silverware has also been thrown into the equation with the Europa League. It remains to be seen whether this European adventure will cause havoc in the domestic campaign. Although the results against Liverpool and Fulham, both after Europa League ties against Italian giants Inter Milan, were very unnerving.
The key could be getting all their players back to fitness. Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Younes Kaboul are all vital players, who could play pivotal roles from now until the end of the season. Kaboul’s comeback is still a little unclear. But many fans would consider giving him a starting birth in the coming weeks if he’s anywhere near fitness.
Perhaps most worryingly, Bale has looked a little jaded in his last couple of games, and had a tough first half for Wales against Scotland on Friday in which he came off at Half-Time. He tweeted after the game, claiming it was simply the effects of a stomach virus.
Tottenham have won games in so many different ways this season. Defensive efforts, free-flowing attacking football, and the odd slice of luck. But which was the best?
Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal
Playing the old neighbors in perhaps the most significant North London Derby in recent years, Tottenham fell over the line after a gutsy Arsenal performance.
Per Mertesacker’s second half header wasn’t enough to stop the Spurs from marching on. The standout performer was certainly Jan Vertonghen, who minimized Arsenal’s offense throughout the game, and made several last ditch challenges.
Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle
With a reinvigorated Newcastle arriving at the Lane, Tottenham were dragged to the three points by Gareth Bale. The Welshman tormented the Toon all day, scoring two virtuoso goals.
West Ham 2-3 Tottenham
In perhaps one of Tottenham’s most emotional and celebrated victories of the season, they stole the game in the dying seconds with a thunder bolt from Gareth Bale, leading to the whole team swarming to Andre Villas-Boas in elation. It was a spirited performance, and they overcame some rocky defending to take the much needed points.
Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham
The performance was not too dissimilar to one of the exciting and satisfying victories of last season. Completely dominating the game, Tottenham created chances throughout, and the golden boy Gareth Bale bagged his first Premier League hat trick on Boxing Day.
Manchester United 2-3 Tottenham
The result which will stick out for years in the memories of fans. After years of poor refereeing decisions, bad performances and terrible luck, the Lilywhites bagged a great victory at the Theatre of Dreams. Incisive and clinical in the first half, resolute and heroic in the second. It’s impossible to pinpoint one player for this victory, the whole team must be recognized.