Super Sunday will be remembered for a historic victory at White Hart Lane, as Mauricio Pochettino‘s Tottenham Hotspur brought a sudden end to Manchester City‘s six-game winning start to life in the Premier League under Pep Guardiola. Despite the absence of last season’s top scorer, Harry Kane, the Lilywhites dominated proceedings, emerging with maximum points.
With Kane out of action, Son Heung-min was preferred for selection over summer arrival Vincent Janssen as Pochettino prepared to take on the top flight leaders. The South Korean international repaid his manager’s faith, continuing his excellent form with a performance that made life very difficult for the experienced opposition back-four.
Tasked with a different role to that in which he has impressed throughout the start of the season, Son filled in for the injured Harry Kane up front with a highly energetic display. With his movement off the shoulder driving the City defence back, space opened up for the likes of Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko, who both found joy in between the lines.
When the Lilywhites had possession, Son’s movement caused huge problems for the somewhat bewildered Manchester City defence. He fashioned two chances in all, while finding success in three dribbles, with his first key pass – a perfectly weighted ball into the path of Dele Alli – resulting in the hosts’ second goal of the match, as seen below:
Offering a very different option to that of Janssen, Son’s inclusion proved the perfect decision on this occasion. With Guardiola’s sides built on the foundations of a possession-based game, limiting the space available would be a necessity for Tottenham if they were to close the gap at the top of the English top flight table.
Off the ball, the South Korean formed the spearhead of Spurs’ aggressive pressing game, which gave City considerable difficulties when moving the ball out from defence. He made failed two tackles, which perhaps encapsulates his defensive prowess, or lack there of. Nonetheless, his desire to close down the space in the final third, proved pivotal in his side’s success at regaining control.
The 24-year-old continues to impress and his ability to make an impact in a number of diverse roles makes him an indispensable asset to Mauricio Pochettino. Tottenham fans’ worst fears must have been realised when Harry Kane hobbled off against Sunderland, but his talented South Korean teammate is proving there is little cause for concern just yet.
Tottenham Hotspur should have swooped for Luciano Vietto this summer
Luciano Vietto could have been a solid back-up to Harry Kane this season.
Fulham pulled off something of a coup on transfer deadline day. The Cottagers snapped up Argentine talent Luciano Vietto on loan from Atletico Madrid for the season. It was a great piece of business from the club, considering the talent the 24-year-old striker possesses.
But one other London club should have been in for the player. Tottenham Hotspur needed striking reinforcements this summer. With Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen both unable to provide adequate cover for Harry Kane, it is an area Tottenham struggle.
A move for Anthony Martial was mooted early on, but nothing ever came to pass.
Vietto could have been a perfect option. With only Llorente for competition, he could have easily become the main back-up to Kane. Mauricio Pochettino is on good terms with his former international team-mate and Atletico manager Diego Simeone, so convincing them of a deal would not have been hard.
Vietto could have arrived on a loan-to-buy scheme, giving Tottenham the chance to sign him next summer should he be a hit.
Whilst many will question whether Vietto would have been good enough for Spurs, his past form indicates he could have done a job. His tally of five goals for Valencia last season is nothing to celebrate. However, his 10 as the back-up at Sevilla the season before and his incredible 2015-16 with former club Villarreal show he just needs a chance to shine.
Fulham may now give him that and, Vietto will hope to prove his worth. Tottenham, however, should have been in the race. If he goes on to thrive in West London, some fans will rightly ask why Spurs did not make a move.
Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Janssen number stripped, Rose can go and Eriksen interest
A selection of the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.
Shirt off his back
Vincent Janssen has had his shirt number stripped. The club announced their new squad numbers for the season this afternoon and the Dutch striker is without a number.
He had previously held the number nine shirt, following a move from AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2016.
However, the number is now vacant as it appears Tottenham try to shift him before the end of the month.
Janssen failed to adapt to Premier League football and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce.
Rose allowed to leave
Tottenham are happy to let Danny Rose leave the club before the end of the month. According to The Mirror, Spurs are ready to let Rose leave despite the transfer window being shut.
The England international has fallen out-of-favour with manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is now happy to let him go.
PSG and Schalke have both shown an interest in the player. Both club’s transfer windows remain open.
Tottenham feel they have adequate cover with youngster Kyle Walker-Peters and centre-back Jan Vertonghen able to play in his position.
There is more interest in Christian Eriksen being reported this week. Real Madrid’s interest was already known. However, PSG are also said to be keen on the Danish midfielder.
According to the Daily Star, the French side are preparing a £100 million move for the playmaker before the end of the month.
Tottenham fans should however not be fearful. The club have ruled out any potential exit for Eriksen this summer.
Ben Davies form could surely see Tottenham perform Danny Rose exit U-turn
The Welsh left-back has not been in great form recently for Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham Hotspur looked certain to lose Danny Rose this summer. The England international’s position at the club has become troublesome of late, after his criticism of the club last summer. However, since then, injuries have put Rose back and in his absence, a former scapegoat found his feet.
Welshman Ben Davies was often pilloried by the Tottenham public for some bad form prior to Rose’s injury. But last season Davies was in sensational form. A threat going forward as well as defensively, his tireless work-rate and professionalism left Rose chasing shadows once fit.
Rose was recently linked with Schalke 04 and PSG, as reported by The Sun, as Davies continues as number one choice.
However, Tottenham must be starting to consider giving Rose another go.
Davies has struggled for form recently. Pre-season did not go his way and a performance against Girona was particularly bad.
Against Newcastle United, at the weekend he again did not look at his best and some Tottenham fans are now calling for Rose to be reinstated.
Whilst Davies does deserve a chance to continue in the starting XI his form must be a concern for Mauricio Pochettino.
With Tottenham set for yet another busy season, rotation could become key. So allowing rose to go, with the first-choice looking ropey, would seem a big mistake from Tottenham.
It could be Rose still has a Tottenham future for now.
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