Match Review, Tottenham vs Swansea.

Match: Wednesday 4th March 2015.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: White Hart Lane.

Result: Tottenham 3-2 Swansea.

Tottenham goalscorers: Chadli 6’, Mason 51’ and Townsend 60’.

Swansea goalscorers: Ki 19’ and Sigurdsson 89’.

A really, really good three points. After the Capital One Cup final disappointment, you could possibly understand if the players looked a little dejected out on the pitch after losing only 3 days ago, but that certainly wasn’t the case as we performed very well, especially in the second half to beat a very decent Swansea side at White Hart Lane. We didn’t look tired but determined; determined to prove that we can still go on to challenge for the top four and that the Capital One Cup final defeat wouldn’t be the defining moment of our season. We started very brightly, worked very hard, found our rhythm and got a very good three points. The past was firmly laid to rest, and the player’s minds looked firmly focussed on the future, starting with this game and we have won well. The result looks close, but we deserved to win; we were superior in all aspects of the game and despite a late rally from the Welsh side, we looked well worth the three points and it would have been so discouraging to drop two points because of a late show from what was an under par performance from the Swans in my opinion.

In the first half, it was an electric start to the game; and the lightening struck first in Tottenham’s favour as Danny Rose bombed forward and supplied a beautiful cross that found Nacer Chadli who provided a simply wonderful volleyed touch that found its way past Fabianski and into the net for 1-0 just 6 minutes in. That was Nacer Chadli’s 11th goal of the season as he continues to show his dazzling scoring talent. The game was stopped shortly after that as Bafetimbi Gomis provided a shock to everyone after fainting on the pitch, with flashbacks to Fabrice Muamba replaying in the minds of Spurs fans; the Frenchman was stretchered off, but was conscious and is now perfectly fine, which is fantastic to hear. After that scare, Swansea pounced on what was a lack of concentration at the back as Gylfi Sigurdsson hit a free kick onto the post and we fail to clear our lines, as poor defending from Jan Vertonghen allowed Ki Sung-Yeung to poke the ball through the legs for 1-1 on 19 minutes. We still looked good on the ball, with Bentaleb and Mason looking good in midfield, hitting strikes from long range, but comfortable for Fabianski. Jonjo Shelvey going close for the Swans, stinging the palms of Hugo Lloris in-between the Spurs sticks. It finished 1-1 at half time, with all to play for in the second half of the match.

And the second half started much like the first, as 6 minutes into the second period we took the lead once again! Christian Eriksen dazzling the Swansea defenders with his dribbling skills, before the ball made its way into the path of the oncoming Ryan Mason, who sorted his feet, before unleashing a strike into the roof of the net to make it 2-1 on 51 minutes. We were looking good on the ball, and found ourselves in the driving seat thanks to our goal scoring midfielders. And to get our third goal only 9 minutes later was another midfielder; after the referee played a brilliant advantage after a foul on Bentaleb, Andros Townsend ran at the Swansea defence with intent as he so often does, and this time he had the end product, cutting in onto his so called weaker right foot and delightfully finished into the top of the net for 3-1 on 61 minutes, and it looked like Swansea were down and out, as we looked to cruise to victory. But, this is Tottenham we’re talking about, and they wouldn’t allow us to cruise to victory, but instead hold our breath and hope for mercy. The player to cause the unrest was former Spur Gylfi Sigurdsson, who powered a shot past the despairing Hugo Lloris for 3-2 on 89 minutes, and the late flurry from Swansea was very unnerving, as it would have been so disappointing if we had let all our hard work go to waste, and we had to thank the unbelievable Hugo Lloris who somehow got his hand to a Fernandez header to save us two points. Thank Hugo! Great result.
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We had a lot of stand out performers in this game. In the first half we didn’t hit the heights we could have, but in the second half the team improved and stepped up our level of performance. In particular, it was nice to see Christian Eriksen improve and find his feet in the game after being fairly poor recently, he created the second goal and looked much more threatening and free in the second half, passing the ball well and creating some good opportunities; hopefully the Dane can continue to improve and further impact our games; because when he plays well, the team plays well. Ryan Mason played a great game too, in midfield he was tenacious and also got a goal, which as the more advanced player in the midfield pivot of Mason and Bentaleb, he needs to do. He has the ability to score goals and be effective offensively and it was his day to clutch his first Premier League goal for Tottenham, and hopefully his first of many. Our full backs’ bombing forward is a feature of our play without doubt, and Danny Rose has been fantastic so far this season and his assist for Chadli was super. His delivery has been questioned during his career but there are signs of improvement under Pochettino, and he has cemented himself as a very good Premier League left back, and definitely our first choice ahead of Ben Davies. It is fantastic for Nacer Chadli to get back on the score sheet after a difficult couple of months for the Belgian – he has been a revelation so far this season and his goal scoring tendency has made him a fan favourite; having Nacer, Kane and Eriksen all flying would give me hope of a top four finish. There’s no more superlatives left in the world to describe Hugo Lloris, so I’m transforming his name into one. Lloris was extremely Lloris.

A brilliant three points against a tough opposition! We produced three incredibly nice goals to go with a solid performance and very important three points. Thankfully we held on and ended our drought of wins. Next up is another London derby away at Loftus Road against QPR. It’s going to be a tough game against a scrapping Rangers side under the guidance of former Spurs coach Chris Ramsey! I’m sure that’ll be a good game. You can follow me on twitter, @AddictedToSpurs for all the coverage ahead and during the QPR game! Let me know your views on our win over Swansea in the comments below! Up the Spurs! COYS!!

My player ratings for the side that beat Swansea at the Lane:
Lloris – 8.5
Walker – 8
Dier – 8
Vertonghen – 7.5
Rose – 8.5 – Man of the Match. (Davies 78’ – 6)
Bentaleb – 7.5
Mason – 8.5
Townsend – 7.5 (Dembele 64’ – 6)
Eriksen – 8
Chadli – 8.5
Kane – 7 (Soldado 76’ – 6)

Mauricio Pochettino reacts to our 3-2 win over Swansea:

Match highlights from the game:

Ryan Mason post match reaction:

Match Preview, Tottenham vs Swansea.

Match date & time: Wednesday 4th March 2015. 7:45pm GMT KO.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: White Hart Lane.

TV: Not broadcast live in the UK. Worldwide TV listings can be found HERE.

After a very disappointing result at Wembley, being defeated 2-0 by Chelsea, our attention turns very quickly back to the Premier League, where we have to pick ourselves up and fight to secure a good finishing spot in the League. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, or use it as an excuse, because there aren’t any excuses, we have to take responsibility to improve and learn from the disappointment and make sure it doesn’t happen too often in the future! Our focus now has to be on an important game against Swansea, where we have a good opportunity to stop what can only be seen as a slump in form after our Arsenal heroics, with no wins in 5 games in all competitions. Losing the trophy is very hard to deal with but as a young squad, we can take the experience as a positive one and use the frustration and disappointment to our advantage in pushing for a place in Europe, whether that is in the Europa League or Champions League. Each game should be taken one at a time, as this season was always one of bedding into Mauricio Pochettino’s values, with next season being the realistic target to push for places in the top four, and to win trophies. The cup final this season was a surprise and winning it would have been exceptional, but we are still on the right track with the young squad and promising manager to make those Wembley appearances much more frequent. But, that’s in the past now and we have a season to concentrate on. Starting with a difficult but winnable contest with Swansea at the Lane. A win would do us a world of good.

Swansea are a good side with a good standard of players. They sit 8th, just one spot behind ourselves in 7th, with a 4 point gap, despite us playing a game less. They have been fairly consistent in their performances and under the guidance of the impressive Garry Monk, have continued to cement themselves as a competitive Premier League side that are hard to beat and pushing to be in contention for places in Europe. In their last 5 games, they have only lost once and drawn once, while winning the other three including an impressive 2-1 victory over Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium and an even more impressive 1-0 away victory over Southampton. They know how to win against good sides and are well organised defensively and in midfield, while offensively being able to get some goals too, despite the loss of star man Wilfried Bony. But, the impact of losing Wilfried Bony has meant that the Swans have only hit 1 goal in 9 of their 13 games without the new Manchester City man, but they have tightened up defensively, meaning that 1-0 wins have become enough for the Welsh boys, with credit going to Garry Monk for making them more compact, and their midfield becoming more goal threatening. Last time we faced Swansea was at the Liberty Stadium back in December, a dramatic 2-1 win, with Harry Kane and then Christian Eriksen late on securing us the win despite Wilfried Bony getting on the score sheet. The last time the Swans visited White Hart Lane was all the way back in 2013, when Roberto Soldado scored a penalty in a 1-0 win early on last season. In our last 6 games with Swansea, we have won all of them, scoring 12 goals and only conceding 4, which is fairly impressive for a very good side in Swansea.

The team news for Swansea is that former Gunner Kyle Bartley (knee) is ruled out, while current Spurs player, on loan with the Swans Tom Carroll is ineligible, and former Spurs man Gylfi Sigurdsson has recuperated from his hamstring injury and will look to replace Carroll in the side. The return of the dangerous Sigurdsson will be a big boost for the Welsh side, with his goal threat and silky touch on the ball will be greatly appreciated to Swansea, with 4 goals and 8 assists this campaign. Another big threat for Swansea is Bafetimbi Gomis; despite not hitting the heights that was expected of the Frenchmen, he still has the power, pace and goal threat to cause a stir in opposition defence, and in the absence of Wilfried Bony, he has the opportunity to shine, despite only having scored 5 goals so far this season. On the wings, Jefferson Montero, Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer all have pace and skill to trouble full backs, and Gomis will look to profit off of their crosses into the box, as well as Gylfi Sigurdsson’s delivery from set pieces and also in open play. The Swans also have threats in the form of Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-Yeung, who have a definite goal threat and also the composure to turn provider. It will be a job to contain what is a very good Swansea side.Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 09.44.06
The team news for Tottenham is that we go into this game without any injuries, and a full squad to choose from, which will be a plus for Mauricio Pochettino. But, after playing Thursday to Sunday, and then Thursday to Sunday again, and now a Wednesday to Saturday this week, with some massive games in there, you couldn’t be surprised if Pochettino makes some changes to the side to freshen things up a bit ahead of the visit of Swansea to the Lane. Hopefully whatever side we put out can help to end this 5 game winless drought we are on, because we don’t want to be dragged into some further bad form at this stage of the season. A win against Swansea wouldn’t erase the pain of losing a cup final, but I am sure it would be lovely to appease the fans just a bit.

Against a very good defensive Swansea at this minute in time, I am sure they are looking to oppress the talent of Harry Kane, and this will become a fixture in the games we play, that sides narrow the space that Kane has, and don’t allow him to run with the ball or get shots away on goal, just like Chelsea did, but it’s Pochettino, Kane and the team’s responsibility to create space for Kane, and let him play his game to the best of his ability up top, where if he can find space, you know he will punish the opposition. Christian Eriksen hasn’t been in flying form like he was earlier in the season, and his assist tally isn’t spectacular, so if he could pick his game up, and start to find Kane in the positions that he does get into with space, then I think this run of bad form would cease to exist. We have to let our key duo play their football freely and in space, because there is no doubting the fact that they both are our best chance for goals at all times. Allowing the Dane and the Kane to do their thing, you need to compensate for possibly what they don’t do in midfield, so it would be asking Mason and Bentaleb to do even more, and fight harder in midfield to allow Eriksen and Kane to have the freedom up top. If Mason and Bentaleb can do even more dirty work, then Eriksen and Kane will be more free to attack and hurt the opposition. On the wings, it was our full backs against Chelsea that looked the most threatening. Danny Rose and Kyle Walker bombed down their respective flanks at every opposition, but lacked that final ball too often; their work to get into crossing positions is brilliant but they need to be able to find that final ball for Kane, Chadli and even Eriksen to latch on to. If Rose and Walker can improve their crossing game I am sure their own personal value would rise significantly to both Tottenham and England, as I have been very impressed with both recently, especially Rose down that left side.

Match stats provided by Opta:

– Spurs have won all three Barclays Premier League home games against Swansea, keeping a clean sheet in the last two.

– Indeed Swansea have lost their last six against Tottenham in the PL and are winless in seven (D1 L6).

– Harry Kane has scored 12 goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances.

– No team has won more Premier League games from losing positions than Tottenham this season (5) in 2014-15.

– No team has lost more top-flight games from winning positions than Swansea City (4) this season.

– Spurs have conceded the most penalties in the Premier League this season (7).

– 40 points after 27 games equates to Swansea’s best ever return in a Premier League season.

– Swansea City have failed to score a first half goal in their last five Premier League matches on the road.

– The Swans have scored exactly one goal in seven of their last eight away from home.

– Seven of Swansea’s last eight Premier League goals have arrived in the second half.

The games are coming thick and fast, probably a little too fast for Mauricio Pochettino’s liking, but we have to get a win on the board now to keep this top four challenge alive. As Roberto Soldado said, we have 12 finals from now until the end of the season, and it’d be great to pick up at least 8 wins from those games, then we could have a chance of top four. But, we take every game as it comes and we’ll hope for the best, and first up it’s Swansea in a tough test at the Lane, and we have to win it, in honour of the great Dave Mackay. The game isn’t televised in the UK, so you can follow me on twitter for live coverage including, videos, photos, goal updates and more. Follow me here: @AddictedToSpurs. Up the Spurs! COYS!!

My predicted/preferred side to face Swansea at the Lane:
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Walker – Dier – Vertonghen – Rose
Mason – Bentaleb
Lamela – Dembele – Eriksen
Kane.

Mauricio Pochettino pre match presser, paying tribute to Dave Mackay:

Match Preview, Swansea City vs Tottenham.

Match date & time: Sunday 14th December 2014. 4pm GMT KO.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: Liberty Stadium.

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1. Worldwide TV listings, HERE.

After 3 games without a win and without a goal, it’s crucial that we don’t let that drag on and come to the table at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea showing flair, pace and energy to try and get a result, and score some goals! The season so far has been very tough, with a lack of rhythm and consistency in our results and performances, and now we’re right in the thick of the Christmas period, it’s really important that we pick up our performances and get some results, otherwise we will find ourselves too far off the pace in the Premier League and, if we don’t find our performance level ahead of probably the biggest game of our season so far against Newcastle in the Capital One Cup Quarter Final at White Hart Lane. Getting to the final of that competition again would be fantastic, and to win it would be fabulous to say the least, but first we have to get past Newcastle on Wednesday, and have to focus on getting a result in Wales! Swansea are a well drilled, technically fantastic side, but if you look at previous results, they’ve all been in our favour and hopefully we can get a result once more against possibly the best Swansea side there has ever been! It’s unlikely to be a scrap, and Swansea will be looking to attack, keep the ball, and play to their strengths, and Tottenham love to do that to, on a good day, so we’ll be hoping to stop their rhythm, get hold of the ball and hit them on the counter attack. Our away form is good, and we’ll be hoping to take the full three points this Sunday afternoon, and what a big three points it would be.

Swansea have been great this season. Personally, I think they are one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the Premier League this season, and have picked up the results to back it up as well. They sit 8th, only 1 point ahead of ourselves in 10th – and it’s their home form that has been so brilliant this season, in their last 7 games in all competitions, they have not been beaten, winning 4 and drawing 3. With a win against Arsenal in there which really caught the eye. Despite that good home form, and the scrutiny Tottenham have been put under this season, we are only 1 point away from them, and a win at the Liberty can really make our season look more rosy! I really hope we can finally build and improve on the Everton result and bring that energy to our game once more, and make sure that our Europa League commitment doesn’t hinder our performance. In our last 5 games against Swansea, we have come out on top in every single one, being unbeaten in our last 6 games, and never beaten by them in Premier League history. Last time out, at the Liberty Stadium, we were able to beat the Swans 3-1, Emmanuel Adebayor getting a brace, and Chico Flores scoring an own goal – and Wilfried Bony scoring for Swansea. We’ll be hoping, in the absence of Adebayor, that another player will step up and steer us to victory!

The team news for Swansea is that Federico Fernandez (calf) will have a late fitness test ahead of the game, and is therefore a doubt. While goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański (suspended) is out of the game, and defender Neil Taylor returns from a one match ban. Everyone knows who Swansea’s key man is – Wilfried Bony is a phenomenon upfront, his finishing, hold up play and link up with his midfield is brilliant and he is a nightmare to contain for defenders and on his day, when the ball is at his feet and he gets the service either in behind the defenders or from crosses from the wing, he can win games for his side – and if we want any chance of taking the three points back to London, we will have to make sure Bony is frustrated and starved of service. The service that Bony will be hoping to get will be attempted to be provided by a familiar face; Gylfi Sigurdsson has been a revelation this season, and despite being a very decent player in his time at Tottenham, getting important goals, he never reached his full potential and didn’t do enough to secure a place in the starting line up, but his move to Swansea has reinvigorated his career and he has reached another level of performance, scoring goals, but more impressively, being the creative force for Swansea this season with 8 assists and 2 goals. Hopefully Sigurdsson won’t come back to haunt us this Sunday in Wales. Not only do Swansea have strength and technique, they have pace in abundance with their wingers. Jefferson Montero is quick, direct, and effective on the left hand side, and the Colombian has built up a real understanding of the Premier League and with his team mates and is starting to torment defenders, and our right back, whether Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kyle Naughton or Vlad Chiriches, will have to be on top of their game! On the other side, it’ll be either Wayne Routlegdge or Nathan Dyer, and either player will be very threatening, with both being able to provide goals and assists to the Swansea side, while stretching defences and getting in behind. It’s going to be a very tough afternoon, where we’ll need to be right on top of our game.

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The team news for Tottenham is that Emmanuel Adebayor (personal reasons) is out of the game, and Kyle Naughton (heel) is a doubt for the game. But, other than that, we have a full squad to choose from, with Kyle Walker fully recovered from his abdominal injury and in the squad, and the players rested for the Besiktas tie back in contention. Those include Ryan Mason, Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier. It’s so important, being in the Winter period, to have a healthy and hungry squad to choose from, and with the full squad to pick from, it’s important we can take advantage. Mauricio Pochettino needs to find his first choice starting 11 and stick with it, because that will lead to much needed consistency!

Harry Kane, after a phenomenal season so far, has hit his first dry spell of the season, not scoring in four games – but, he has played really well in each game and worked ever so hard for the side. He got a much needed rest in midweek, and should now come back fresh and hungry to drive Tottenham to victory, and hopefully get on the score sheet once again! There are some tough decisions for Mauicio Pochettino, with the midweek game, whether to throw Kyle Walker back into the Premier League after completing 75 minutes against Besiktas. Personally, I would put him into the game as he says he feels ‘perfect’ and he’d be the best equipped to deal with the pace of Jefferson Montero. Nacer Chadli has been one of our players of the season so far, but after an injury, his flow has been disrupted, and his performance level has dropped. Now, he’ll be hoping to get a consistent run in the team and find his goalscoring form once again – it’s crucial for us that he does, because goals from midfield for us are vital. Defensively, we will want to build a consistent and solid back four, and with Walker at right back, Fazio and Vertonghen look to be building a very good centre back partnership together, with strength and composure, and hopefully the understanding between them grows and they become even stronger, with Ben Davies, returning to his former club, at left back, who has been very good at left back recently. Hopefully, the whole team comes together and we can find our form once again away from home.

Match stats and facts provided by Opta:

– Wilfried Bony has 19 goals in the Premier League in 2014, more than any other player.

– Ivorian striker Bony has netted seven times in his last nine Premier League appearances.

– Spurs have lost none of the six Barclays Premier League games against Swansea and have won the last five in a row.

– This will be Tottenham’s 32nd Premier League game on a Sunday since the start of last season, more than any other side.

– Emmanuel Adebayor has scored four goals in five Premier League games against Swansea.

– Gylfi Sigurdsson made 58 appearances in two PL seasons for Spurs, scoring eight goals and assisting four more. In two spells with Swansea he has played 33 PL games scoring nine and setting up 11 more.

– Jan Vertonghen has scored in two of his three Premier League games against Swansea.

– Swansea have now thrown away 16 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season; more than any other team and with those points would be top of the table.

– 21 points after 15 matches is Spurs’ lowest haul in the Premier League since the 2008-09 season (15 points).

– Tottenham have conceded six goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season, more than any other club.

– Swansea are the only side yet to concede a goal in the opening 15 minutes of a Premier League game this season.

Every game is a big game, but some are more important than others. And we need to get a result after three games without one. Starting well, getting a goal and staying compact defensively is crucial – hopefully we can do that! The game is live on Sky Sports 1, but I’ll be providing match updates, photos, videos and much more from my Twitter account here – @AddictedToSpurs – give me a follow! Let’s get back to winning ways! COYS!!

My predicted/preferred team to face Swansea at the Liberty:
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Walker – Fazio – Vertonghen – Davies
Bentaleb – Mason
Lennon – Eriksen – Chadli
Kane.

Pochettino reacts to Besiktas loss and says focus now on Swansea:

Welcome to Tottenham Hotspur, Ben Davies and Michel Vorm!

Tottenham have completed the signing of Welsh left back Ben Davies and Dutch keeper Michel Vorm from Swansea in a deal rumoured to be worth around £15 million with Gylfi Sigurdsson going the other way to Swansea for £10 million in virtually a swap deal for Davies. A deal that suits Tottenham, and I’m sure Swansea will benefit from too. Sigurdsson is a fantastic player and being the key man in Swansea’s midfield will definitely make him show his undoubted quality but he doesn’t fit in at Spurs, with too many players in his position, and he’s too good for our bench, so a move is best, but Tottenham get in return a player who will fill our left back slot for years to come, in a position we desperately needed to fill and a keeper that can be a like-for-like back up to Hugo Lloris. We’re signing Davies not only for his previous performances, but also for what those performances have shown he can do in the future. It’s filled a weakness that’s been quickly spotted by Pochettino and his coaching staff. We’ve been waiting quite a while for our first piece of business in the transfer window, but it’s apparent that Pochettino believes in the squad we have and only wants to tinker in key areas, something we expected after last summer’s spending and the 7 signings we made that haven’t all clicked into place just yet, but that’s what Pochettino was hired to do. Make those players into what we believed they would be when they were first signed. Now, Ben Davies and Michel Vorm have been added to the ranks and I think it’s a good news for Tottenham.

Ben Davies is 21 and already has two full Premier League seasons to his name with Swansea, also having 7 games in the Europa League with appearances against Napoli on the résumé, so he’s a very experienced player for someone so young. He made 85 appearances for Swansea in all competitions with a League Cup trophy to his name. He came through the ranks at the Welsh club, getting the chance to play because of an injury to first choice left back Neil Taylor, and he grabbed it with both hands and within a season was definite first choice after a great season under Michael Laudrup. The second season Swansea struggled because of Europa League commitments, but the experience of trying to juggle both will surely only help Ben Davies now that he’s at Spurs. Davies’ performances have earned him a place in the Welsh national squad, too, having 10 appearances to his name and of course that will only increase with time. It’s been a pretty amazing 2 seasons for Ben Davies, and now securing this deal to Tottenham is the next step and hopefully, it’ll be even more successful than his Swansea time, in trophies and performances.

At 21 years of age, Davies is a raw talent, he will learn with experience, but the fact he has only made 2 defensive errors in two full Premier League seasons, compared to Danny Rose’s 3 defensive errors last season alone shows what a cool head is on Ben’s shoulders. Davies is a very competent left back, he does his job well, isn’t rash, doesn’t make many mistakes and is composed on the ball with an 84% passing accuracy last season. Consistency is his game, he’s a 7/10 or more week-in-week-out, composed, technically and tactically astute, finding his left winger and his strikers, or his central midfielders who can do more damage than him in the opposition half.

But offensively, Davies created 31 chances last season from the left back slot, that’s compared with Aaron Lennon last season who created just 4 more chances from a much more advanced role at right wing, so you can see he is able to provide good chances for our more attacking players. Obviously there are a lot of things he needs to learn, but he will be nurtured by Pochettino, who has seen the potential in him through signing him it seems. Signing Davies solves a problem that we’ve had since Benoit Assou-Ekotto got injured and never returned to the level that he once had, we’ve tried Jan Vertonghen there, Danny Rose has had a season at left back after a successful season at Sunderland, but he’s failed to nail down his place with Davies seemingly replacing him now. At 21 years old Ben Davies can become our left back for many years to come, and hopefully he can be even more successful than our last Welsh left back, Gareth Bale.

Michel Vorm’s signing was rumoured to be worth £3.5 million – £5 million, another Swansea player. The goalkeeper is 30 years old has vast experience in the Premier League for Swansea and has a decent amount of appearances for his native country Holland, as well as in the World Cup this summer, even if it was only for 5 minutes. At a cut price deal, this is without a doubt a good signing, as a back up to our number 1 without question Hugo Lloris. A strange transfer in many ways, as Michel could easily be number one for another team in the Premier League, but he has chosen Tottenham and wants to fight, playing in cup competitions and if, God forbid, Hugo Lloris sustains an injury. He’s a much more like-for-like swap for Hugo, quick off his line, very assured on the ball, and very agile in the save and around his area, which gives me much more confidence with him in goal, with the high line we play than with Brad Friedel, a model professional, and for sure still a top goalkeeper even at his ripe old age of 43, but he doesn’t fill me with confidence when Hugo doesn’t feature, and now we can allow Friedel to become more of a coach and use his vast experience to help Hugo, Vorm and the younger ‘keepers develop even further. With Lloris, Vorm and Friedel, we without a doubt have one of the top set of keepers in the League.

The signing of Ben Davies and Michel Vorm kicks off this summer’ business for Daniel Levy, Franco Baldini and Mauricio Pochettino to create a team ready to compete. I think the signing of Davies and Vorm shows the direction we are taking in this window, signing players who have experience in the Premier League and in Europe, so they can fit straight in without the period of getting used to the League like last season, but now we can link this Premier League experience with quality who have now had a season in the Premier League and know what to expect. It’s going to be an interesting transfer window, but we’ve kicked off our Summer signing plugging a big hole and signing a good back up keeper. Now let’s get the rest of our business sorted early, so more can bed in and we can hit the ground running for the new season. COYS!!

What do you think of our new signings? Comment below!

Welcome to Spurs, Ben Davies and Michel Vorm!

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Match Review, Stoke City vs Tottenham.

Match: Saturday 26th April 2014.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: Britannia Stadium.

Result: Stoke City 0-1 Tottenham.

Goalscorer for Spurs: Danny Rose 33′.

Delighted with the three points. We move just 3 points behind Everton in 5th and 6 points clear of Manchester United in 7th, and we are only 4 points off the top four and Arsenal, which I find quite funny, even if they do have a game in hand. The football we played wasn’t pretty, but we hung on and got the result, which is what you have to do at places like Stoke, a place which has taken points off Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United. Now only 2 games left and I’d love to win both for a great finish to the season.

In the first half, I thought we played some nice football, but we lacked cutting edge and were wasteful with the ball, despite finding spaces in the right areas we were too slow at releasing the ball to the wingers or finding the killer pass to the strikers, and when we did find the wingers the crossing wasn’t hitting the right areas. Breaking the Stoke defence down was something we found difficult throughout the game, but we did find the killer touch on one occasion, Aaron Lennon flicked the ball towards Emmanuel Adebayor wide on the right hand side, who controlled the ball well and poked it past the Stoke defender Marc Muniesa and showed a good turn of pace and then delivered a delightful ball into the danger area for Danny Rose who jumped highest to nod home in the 33rd minute to make it 1-0, his first Premier League goal of the season. The second half was very difficult for us, early on the Potters were awarded a red card for Ryan Shawcross for a late tackle on Danny Rose, his second yellow card, and it was deserved. You’d think that this would help us take the game away from Stoke, but it meant that the home side sat back and made it even more difficult for us to break them down again, despite still having some space in the midfield. We held on in the end for a good three points.

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The defensive back 5, including Hugo Lloris played very well. For me, Michael Dawson was man of the match, he returned to the side after a hamstring injury and he played superbly, making crucial tackles and winning headers all game, a great decision from Tim Sherwood to re-include the skipper in the starting 11 ahead of Vlad Chiriches and Zeki Fryers. Alongside Dawson, Younes Kaboul was very solid, the same as Dawson he made some great tackles and looked much more comfortable with an experienced head next to him, he looked much more free to run with the ball and take it out from defence and I think that was his best performance since his return from injury. The full backs Kyle Naughton and the goal scorer Danny Rose also played great games, and hopefully they can continue this form in the last two games of the season. In midfield I though Paulinho played well, but other than him I thought we were very sloppy, even Christian Eriksen wasn’t on form. Upfront, Harry Kane had his first bad game in a Spurs shirt and Emmanuel Adebayor continued his average form of late.

You can’t complain with 3 points! We are 6 points from our record points tally in the Premier League, 72 points, so 2 wins is the aim! Our next game is against West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday 3rd May. COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Stoke at the Britannia:
Lloris – 8
Naughton – 7.5
Dawson – 9 – Man of the Match.
Kaboul – 8.5
Rose – 8
Lennon – 5.5
Paulinho – 7
Chadli – 6
Eriksen – 6.5
Kane – 6
Adebayor – 6

Subs:
Townsend – 6
Sigurdsson – 6
Fryers – 6.

Match highlights from our 1-0 win over Stoke:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1rjb8r_epl-stoke-city-0-1-tottenham-all-goals-highlights-hd_sport

Tim Sherwood talks to the press after the Stoke victory:

Match Review, Swansea vs Tottenham.

Match: Sunday 19th January 2014.

Venue: Liberty Stadium.

Competition: Premier League.

Result: Swansea 1-3 Tottenham.

Swansea goal: Wlfried Bony 78′.

Tottenham goals: Emmanuel Adebayor 35′, 71′ and OG Chico Flores 53′.

What a win! Great performance from the lads to make it 5 consecutive away wins in the Premier League, the first time we’ve done that since 1960 under Bill Nicholson! We didn’t start well, Swansea were bossing the passing and creating a few chances, but nothing really clear cut, for the first half an hour we were on the back foot, which Tim Sherwood wasn’t happy with. As the game progressed we did get more and more into the game, and that was topped off by our first goal, great work between Christian Eriksen and Aaron Lennon, and then a phenomenal cross by Christian Eriksen eluded Nacer Chadli but the man on fire Emmanuel Adebayor got his head to it and put us in the lead from 5 yards. That kick started us, and was a real blow for Swansea. In the last 10 minutes of the first half, we played really well, Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor linking up brilliantly and half time was nothing more than a nuisance. After the break, we came out in the same form as we finished the first half, quick interplay, fast counter attacks and now even Michael Dawson was getting in on the act! The skipper’s ball to Kyle Walker was perfectly weighted, and Kyle played a dangerous ball in, which was diverted into his own net by Chico Flores, which made it 2-0 and we are flying in Wales! Our play after the second goal was some of the best I’ve seen from us this season, triangles of passing, creating opportunities, finding space that wasn’t there, it was really great to watch, and I felt comfortable watching it, I wasn’t nervous! Dembele, Eriksen and Bentaleb were insanely good and made us tick. For the third goal, Gylfi Sigurdsson did well to release Christian Eriksen who quickly played in Danny Rose who was bombarding forward, Danny threaded a great ball into Adebayor who had all the time in the world to get composed and tuck home for 3-0. The only disappointment was our inability to keep a clean sheet, after so much hard work we switched off and allowed Wilfried Bony to half-volley home for 3-1, but it wasn’t enough to spark a revival, if anything after that we could have got more. Three goals and three points.

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Many candidates for man of the match. A truly brilliant performance from Christian Eriksen, he has played on both the left hand side and in his preferred central position, but he was all over the place in this game, making tackles, passing supremely and getting an assist as well, once again. He’s becoming our most important player, and at 21 getting used to the Premier League, it’s mouthwatering to think about how good he can become. 19 year old Nabil Bentaleb, yes, he’s 19 years old and getting only his second Premier League start of his career, at his age you may expect him to be nervy, and look inexperienced. Bentaleb looks anything but inexperienced, he passes with composure, he tackles with venom and is becoming a very very good player. My man of the match is the double goalscorer, Emmanuel Adebayor, he’s on fire and played a blinder once again, up front on his own he looked arguably better than with a partner, his two goals were great, but it was his link up play and the pace and power he showed that made it a man of the match performance. Adebayor has now scored 88 Premier League goals, overhauling Dennis Bergkamp’s 87 goals, he really is a phenomenal striker, long may his form continue. At the back, Vlad Chiriches did really well against Bony, who physically is bigger and stronger, but Vlad used his awareness so well and played a really good game once again, he’s cemented his place in the starting 11 I feel, even when Kaboul and Vertonghen are back. To think we’ve still got Vertonghen, Kaboul, Townsend, Lamela, Paulinho and Sandro to come back, we could really be in for a great second half to the season!

Great win to put us 5th, level on points with ‘title challengers’ Liverpool in 4th! Next up, high scoring, in form Manchester City visit White Hart Lane on Wednesday 29th January, that’ll be interesting!! COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Swansea at the Liberty Stadium:
Lloris – 7
Walker – 8
Dawson – 7
Chiriches – 8
Rose – 7.5
Lennon – 6.5
Dembele – 8
Bentaleb – 9
Chadli – 6
Eriksen – 9
Adebayor – 9.5 Man of the match.

Subs:
Sigurdsson – 6
Naughton – N/A

Tim Sherwood’s post match thoughts:

Match highlights from our 3-1 win over Swansea:

Match Preview, Tottenham vs Swansea.

The new Premier League season continues with our first game back at White Hart Lane against a strong Swansea side. Our home form last season wasn’t great, especially at the start of the season, so we need to improve this, starting against Swansea! Started very well against Crystal Palace, and to get another three points is as important as ever. Swansea will be a threat, they’ve signed some great players, and their existing side is already very good, and I really think they’ll have a great season. Defensively, they can be vulnerable, as shown in their 4-1 loss to Man United in the first game of the season, but their attacking style will cause us problems! The ones to watch out for being Wilfried Bony, Wayne Routledge, and of course Michu. Goals are their forté, so our defences ill have to be alert and on top form!

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Our side is looking very good at the moment. With more transfers in the offing, we look set to have a great season, with or without Gareth Bale. Our main goal threat being Roberto Soldado. Roberto makes his competitive home debut against the Swans, and I’ll be tipping him to be in the goals once again! Clinical! A surprise starter could come in Andros Townsend, he really impressed in our Europa League play of against Tbilisi, being involved in almost all of our 5 goals. Deserves a chance at White Hart Lane for sure! Capoue, Paulinho and Chadli could also get their competitive home debuts, and they’ll be exciting to see how they do. Coming off an impressive two performances at Palace and in Tbilisi, I expect us to push on even further, and hopefully get another 3 points under our belt! Holtby could even get a place on the bench after he returned from injury for the Under 21’s, and impressed thoroughly getting a goal! Bale is still out with an injured foot, but his move to Real Madrid could be confirmed soon, unfortunately. Hope for another good performance today and get our first home win of the season! Sadly the game is not televised, but kick off is on Sunday 25th August at 4:00pm GMT. COYS!!

My predicted line up to face Swansea at White Hart Lane:
(4-3-3)
Lloris
Walker – Dawson – Vertonghen – Rose
Paulinho – Capoue – Dembele
Townsend – Soldado – Chadli