André Villas Boas joined Tottenham at the start of the season, with most fans not too happy about Harry Redknapp leaving. He was sacked by Chelsea early on in his career and this caused doubt in what the Portuguese manager could do with Tottenham, with some pundits saying he would be ‘Sacked by Christmas’.
We didn’t get off to a great start what so ever. We started the season with a loss to Newcastle at St James’ Park, and then we drew with both Norwich and West Brom at home. This caused a lot of unrest for Tottenham fans who quickly got on the back of AVB, and it was looking very unlikely we would be able to have a strong season. We then got our first win of the season at Reading, with Jermain Defoe bagging a brace and Gareth Bale getting his first of the season. We then went on a great run, with the highlight being our victory at Old Trafford being the highlight of September and possibly the season.
We continued our unbeaten run in the Europa League, with strong teams being put out, and it was looking likely that André wanted to have a run in the competition. Losses to Chelsea 4-2 at home, and Arsenal 5-2 away from home left a sour taste in the mouths of Spurs fans in October and November, a period in time we didn’t want to relive any time soon. Wins at home to Liverpool and away at Southampton brightened the mood though going into the Christmas period.
We enjoyed a very good Christmas period, with wins away to Fulham, Aston Villa and Sunderland, our away form was absolutely phenomenal. A loss at Everton was heartbreaking, we were leading 1-0 at the 90′ minute mark, and ended the game with 0 points coming back to London, 2 late strikes which really hurt because 3 points turned to 0 in such a bad fashion, but we moved on and put in some great displays, especially to Aston Villa who we thrashed 4-0 at Villa Park, a Gareth Bale hat-trick helping us on our way! In January we continued our good form, and we got some very hard earned points, the best being a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at White Hart Lane, a last minute strike from Clint Dempsey!
We had an amazing run in February, unbeaten, with wins at West Brom, where a single Gareth Bale strike gave us a very important three points. Also wins at home to Newcastle in the Premier League and Lyon in the Europa League, four Gareth Bale goals in 2 games, he was in majestic form. We were looking very likely for a top four finish. We then went to West Ham, and a hard fought game was played out, it was 2-2 at 90′ until a Gareth Bale wonder goal bought us one of the best wins of the season, what a goal, what a win. We then went on to beat Arsenal in an amazing game and performance at White Hart Lane, once again Gareth Bale grappling a goal, we were cruising. Another win in the Europa League, one of the performances of the season, 3-0 against Inter Milan at White Hart Lane, awesome. Then came a run of a few poor results.
The run into the end of the season was upon us, we were dropping points too frequently, dropped points at home to Everton, and away to Wigan, but we beat the former Champions Manchester City 3-1 at White Hart Lane, and it was an absolutely brilliant win to put us back in the chase for Champions League football. In this time, we were knocked out in the Quarter finals of the Europa League to FC Basel on penalties, a hard loss to take. We had a great run in May only dropping 2 points in a draw to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a win at home to Southampton, and away to Stoke we were hopeful of finishing in the top four, but Arsenal were on a magnificent run. We came into the final day of the season one point behind Arsenal in 5th, and we needed Arsenal to drop points away to Newcastle and win our game. It wasn’t to be, we beat Sunderland 1-0, but Arsenal did their job. We missed out.
We had a wonderful season, with it being AVB’s first season, and a transition period in our squad we weren’t expecting a push for Champions League and being only 1 point off Arsenal and 3 points off Chelsea who have spent millions and millions. We’ve done extremely well, but we were unfortunate. We deserved Champions League football, but as much as it pains me to say it, Arsenal did as well. It’s a game of luck and we didn’t have much all season, the fact we got no penalties in the Premier League is absolutely ridiculous, but we have to move on.
We also had a great run in the Europa League, unbeaten for so long, but beating Inter Milan, Lyon and Panathinaikos was brilliant, we probably deserved a bit more from the competition, but Basel were a very good squad, and when it comes down to penalties, it’s never a good time to be a Spurs fan.
I’m looking forward to a good summer, pre season tournaments, and the all important transfer window. We will come back stronger, and next season we will push again. I’d like a good run in the Europa League, it’s a very good tournament. We can do it. AVB is a wonderful manager, and a wonderful man, and he will take us places, he’s settled now, and he can push on even further next season, lets just hope he gets the support he deserves from the board.
My player of the season: Gareth Bale.
My signing of the season: Jan Vertonghen.
My goal of the season: Gareth Bale scoring the winner at West Ham.
My assist of the season: Gylfi Sigurdsson against Arsenal for Gareth Bale.
My win of the season: Manchester United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur.
My most disappointing player of the season: Emmanuel Adebayor.
My player ratings for the 2012/13 season:
Lloris – 8 What a signing he has been, this man is world class, in my opinion the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. He has saved us in games, and he has been a worthy replacement for the veteran Brad Friedel.
Walker – 5 A disappointing season for young Kyle Walker, he never reached the heights he did last season, we were expecting a lot but sadly he never fulfilled expectation. Hopping that the young full back improves next season and his confidence increases.
Dawson – 7 Our captain, he’s had a very solid season, the fight he showed to get back in the team and stay there has been something to respect, he has put in some wonderful displays, his passion is second to none, he works and works. A role model for the young kids watching.
Caulker – 7 Steven has broken into the first team this season, and when he plays he is very solid, he is a no nonsense defender who does things properly, next season he could have an even bigger role to play. He can be as good as he wants to be.
Vertonghen – 9 My signing of the season, he has been outstanding all season showing why he is one of, if not the best centre halves in the Premier League, his tackling is some of the best I’ve ever seen at White Hart Lane, a future captain.
Assou-Ekotto – 5 I’ve been very disappointed with Benoit this season, even though he has had injuries, he just isn’t at the level we need him to be, too many silly mistakes, and after his injuries his pace has decreased a lot, not good at all, it’s a generous rating of 5.
Lennon – 9 Aaron has had arguably his best season in a Spurs shirt, he has been vital to the way we play, his pace and width he gives us is something we have desperately needed, and with Bale moving inside, he has been even more key to our successes.
Sandro – 8 I’m judging on what I saw before his injury, he was our best player early on, his ability to recap the ball and create attacks is something we have desperately missed, I can’t wait until the beast is back next season.
Parker – 5 Scott hasn’t been as good as we know he can be, and he has been compared to Sandro which is quite harsh as Sandro was so good, but he wasn’t the same, and he has been a disappointment to most Spurs fans, but you can’t doubt the guys passion and commitment to the team.
Carroll – 7 Tom didn’t maybe get a lot of minutes, but when he was on the pitch he impressed me a lot. For someone so young at 20 years old, he has the coolness and composure to pass, and he looks very good for the future, a future star at White Hart Lane. I’d say he’s my youth player of the season.
Dembélé – 7 Mousa has had a great season, without injuries I think he would have pushed into the team of the season, his passing and ability to glide past players has been key to our team, and there is much more that he hasn’t given us yet, and next season he will improve even further.
Bale – 10 What can I say? He has been majestic, no better player in the Premier League, he has scored goals for fun and won games single handedly, the way he plays is a joy to watch and he has been rightly noticed for it this season. He has picked up every award possible this season, but I think he’ll be most proud about me giving him player of the season. Haha!
Sigurdsson – 7 I think Gylfi has had a decent season, in the first half he didn’t get the games that he would have liked, but he has been an unsung hero in the second half. He has brought some vital goals and assists and his willingness to work hard for the team is something to be rewarded.
Dempsey – 7 Clint has had a very tough season, he has had a lot of stick from fans about his work rate, but you can’t doubt how important a player he has been for us this season. His goals have been vital, and all of them have come in the big moments, 12 goals in a season is something to be proud of for Clint.
Defoe – 6 It’s been difficult for Jermain this season, he had a very good start to the year, but his 2013 has been very poor, not enough goals at all with a lot of shots, I’m sure he will be very disappointed with his performances. He’s had an injury plagued season, but even so, he’s had a poor season.
Adebayor – 4 I think everyone will say that Adebayor has had a dreadful season, not enough goals, and not enough good performances, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him shipped away from our squad this summer.
Friedel – 5
Naughton – 4
Huddlestone – 5
Holtby – N/A
Livermore – 4
Carroll – 7
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