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Monday, 1 December 2014

Spurs beginning to get it right

After what was a shaky start to the season for Pochettino and his Spurs team, yesterdays 2-1 win over Everton was the most telling indication yet that they are beginning to gel together and familiarise themselves with the managers new style of play.

Their win makes it two league wins on the bounce after their win at Hull City the week before and pushes them up to 7th place only two points behind 4th placed Manchester United, not bad for a team with apparently no hope of getting into the top4.

Yesterdays Everton win was the most impressive they’ve been this season, their pressing and nice link up plays were reminiscent of Pochettino’s Southampton side last year and is an indication that the players are starting to get used to his fluid game plan.

Even when behind, Spurs showed no sign of panic and were quick to equalise through Christian Eriksen, who has been the shining light in recent times for an underperforming Spurs side, then on the stroke of half-time, Roberto Soldado got on the score sheet with a tidy finish, an unlikely scorer based on his career thus far as a Tottenham Hotspur player.

It was the Spaniards first goal since March which is not a good stat for a striker who cost £26 million, although he and the fans will be hoping that this can be the start of a good run that sees him improve those stats considerably.

The emergence of Harry Kane has also been a huge plus for this Tottenham side, he has shown in Europe and in the league, scoring a late winner against Aston Villa, that he is ready to become a regular member of the starting eleven.

With the squad at Pochettino’s disposal costing well over £100 million thanks to an Andre Villas Boas summer spending spree over a year ago, it will certainly not be a lack of quality if Spurs fail to shine again this season and one would expect if they can get the system going they could be a serious threat to the top4 at least.

Having already lost five games this campaign, including a 3-0 home bashing at the hands of a struggling Liverpool side, a 4-1 defeat at the reigning champions Manchester City and another home loss to Newcastle, Spurs can ill-afford to lose many more games especially at White Hart Lane.

Most of the players in the Spurs side have had over a year to settle into life in England and are going to have to step up to the plate and give big performances, Nacer Chadli has done that so far with 6 goals this season after a poor first campaign in the Premier League, if other strugglers from last season such as Soldado and Paulinho start performing they could be the surprise package this season.

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