Tottenham Hotspur have plenty of work to do in the season ahead, as they seek to retain their spot in the Premier League’s top-four and cope with the impending stadium move – although that switch has been delayed.
So far this season, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have swept past Newcastle, Fulham and Manchester United before becoming stuck against Watford prior to the international break, suffering their first defeat of the season.
While the majority of signs have been positive, there is still work for the Lilywhites to do and key lessons can be taken from the performances of some of their players – as we have identified the best and worst of Spurs so far this season.
Best: Lucas Moura
Signed for a reported £23m fee in January, Lucas Moura initially struggled to find his feet in the Premier League after failing to score in his six league appearances during the second half of the 2017-18 season, sitting behind Son Heung-Min in the pecking order.
That has changed in the early stages of this term, with Son spending time away on international duty, and Moura has grabbed his chance with both hands after scoring three goals in four games so far this season – including a brace against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
He currently sits at the top of Spurs’ scoring charts, above Harry Kane, and Son faces a fight to force his way back into the starting line-up.
“The case was that last season he struggled a lot to adapt himself. All his career was playing on the right. He’s a winger, but this season we tried to adapt him in a position that can bring performances and help the team. It’s a new position to play next to Harry like a second striker.”
Worst: Danny Rose
Catching the eye at the World Cup with England, Danny Rose spent the summer seeing his name linked with a host of clubs across Europe and it became clear that Pochettino deemed the 28-year-old to be expendable.
That has been shown so far this term, with Rose starting just one game and earning another appearance off the bench as he finds himself second in the pecking order behind Wales international Ben Davies – and he now faces a fight to push himself back into the first-team frame.
At his age, Rose should be entering the prime years of his career but may have to seek a transfer in 2019 if his opportunities do not increase.