Saturday, 3 December 2016

Danny Rose passing could have been better

A thumping great 5-0 win and a weekend to enjoy before analysing the game and looking to see where improvements can be made.

Game Timeline
GOAL - Harry Kane (pen) 39 mins 1-0
GOAL - Christian Eriksen ASSIST for Son Heung-min 46 mins 2-0
GOAL - Son Heung-min ASSIST for Harry Kane 49 mins 3-0
GOAL - Christian Eriksen 70 mins 4-0
SUB - Son Heung-min OFF Moussa Sissoko ON 71 mins
SUB - Mousa Dembele OFF Harry Winks ON 83 mins
SUB - Harry Kane OFF Josh Onomah ON 87 mins
GOAL - Moussa Sissoko ASSIST for Christian Eriksen 91 mins 5-0

One thing stood out for me the whole game which could have made us even more potent than we were and that was the passing in the last third of Danny Rose.

He has just returned from suspension but has had a game under his belt. He played an excellent pass early on to create a chance we didn't take, however, his passing was often fractionally out. It was either just too far in advance of a player or just behind them which cuts out any possibilities that may open up in front of the receiving player.

It isn't a massive deal but every little detail has to be looked at to see where a player can improve his own game and thus the overall performance of the team.

1008 games, 25 years, 235 days


The average age of Spurs starting line-up this season is the youngest in the Premier League - 25 years, 235 days.

Tottenham XI - age - Premier League games
Hugi Lloris (C) - age 29 (140 games)
Kyle Walker - age 26 (161 games)
Eric Dier - age 22 (75 games)
Jan Vertonghen - age 29 (131 games)
Danny Rose - age 26 (97 games)
MousaDembele - age 29 (115 games)
Victor Wanyama - age 25 (9 games - 80 for Southampton)
Christian Eriksen - age 24 (110 games)
Dele Alli - age 20 (41 games)
Son Heung-min - age 24 (38 games)
Harry Kane age 23 (91 games)
Total - 1008 games - average 91.63 games each

Michel Vorm - age 33 (8 games - 89 for Swansea City)
Kevin Wimmer age 24 (11 games)
Cameron Carter-Vickers - age 18 (0 games)
Harry Winks age 20 (5 games)
Moussa Sissoko - age 27 (6 games - 118 for Newcastle United)
Josh Onomah - age 19 (10 games)
Georges-Kevin N'Koudou - age 21 (3 games)
Total - 43 games - average 6.14 games each

The inexperience didn't show today with a thumping 5-0 win over a Swansea team who came to park the bus. They had 11 men behind the ball and once the first goal went in it was all one way traffic, to be honest it was all one way before the goal too.

As it turned out it was an idea game to give two youngsters some more game time, Harry Winks and Josh Onomah and some encouragement to Moussa Sissoko who weighed in with an assist for Eriksen's second.

The players arriving at White Hart Lane a short while ago...

Back home. 🙌

Fans reacted on Twitter to Spurs bench


Our substitute's bench today had fans in a pickle. It consisted of reserve goalkeeper Michel Vorm, Kevin Wimmer, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Josh Onomah and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou.

Ther was no place for Vincent Janssen who is sure to start at Wembley against CSKA Moscow in midweek to give Harry Kane a rest, nor Kieran Trippier as cover for either full-back, instead that role presumably falls to Kevin Wimmer.

It isn't the strongest of benches to inspire a fans confidence.

Spurs team come out to warm up


our bench gets worse

poor bench

how does onomah make the bench ever time without ever contributing anything??


Extended VIDEO Highlights Spurs 5 Swansea 0


A surprising statistic from the game is that Moussa Sissoko created more chances in 19 minutes (4) than anyone else the whole game according to Spurs Stat Man on Twitter. Below the comment you can watch extended highlights from today's victory, 11.31 minutes instead of 5.38 minutes.

What a win come on you spurs !!!⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽

An even better second half, Kane 50 goals in 70 games


The second half started with a shot from Harry Kane who scored two and had two disallowed for offside. he has got his fitness and is returning to top form, that is 7 goals in his last 6 Premier League games now.

He has scored 20 goals in 28 Premier League appearances in 2016, bettered only by Sergio Aguero with 27. In his last 70 Premier League games Kane has scored 50 goals. There can be no doubting his quality. Today was his 14th brace, only Aguero has more since Kane made his debut in April 2014 with 15.

The second half we had room in midfield in their half and we kept breaking quickly, not through speed of player as many as fan shouts for but the quicker speed of first time passing and movement. Again and again we ripped Swansea open with it and Kane's second goal was a prime example. He won the ball and started the move in our half and within a few passes, an excellent first-time ball from Alli in the move, was on hand when Son cut back inside to pass the ball into the net, 301 and game over.

What was pleasing was to see us try to score more goals and not just sit back as we did last season and accept a 2-0 victory. Swansea never had a chance because we kept them on the back foot, we didn't sit back and encourage them to get back into the game.