Spurs Odyssey Reviews the Premier League Season for 2016-2017 - Matchday 15
Reasons for pessimism?
Last week's Premier League review was entitled "Reason for more optimism?". This week's edition is the antidote to that emotion. So, why be pessimistic at this time?
1. After our start to the season which consisted of 12 Premier League matches unbeaten, we have now lost two of our last three such games. Our overall form in the last 10 games has not been good either, with five defeats and just three wins
2. Those two Premier League defeats have been to fellow competitors for a place in the coveted top four.
3. League leaders Chelsea are now a full 10 points ahead of Spurs, and whilst Mauricio Pochettino remains optimistic that they can have a bad run, and that we can catch up, I fear such a recovery is not on the cards.
4. There were too many sub-par individual performances at Old Trafford with three of our attacking players scoring less than five out of ten in the survey, in which over 150 votes were cast. These were Son (which is not such a surprise), but to see Dele Alli and Harry Kane score less than 5 is nothing short of distressing.
5. When your goalkeeper is voted your best player, that usually means the outfield players did not perform adequately. One major encouraging piece of news is that Hugo shares his man of the match vote with substitute Moussa Sissoko, who had his best performance since starting in our 2-0 win over Manchester City in October.
I hope for more optimism after this week's home games against Hull and Burnley!