· March 2017 figures
· Last Year's figures
April was amazing! (With one blemish)
April has been very busy for Spurs and was amazing, with just the one blemish of a seventh consecutive FA Cup semi-final defeat against Chelsea at Wembley. Talking of consecutive, we have now won 9 consecutive league games (for the first time since 1960), 13 consecutive home league games, and 16 consecutive games in all competitions at White Hart Lane. The records just keep tumbling for Spurs in this, their best Premier League season (currently on 77 points with four games to play). With second place all but secured (just one more point needed from those remaining games), this is set to be the club's best league season since the 60s.
We could yet win the title, but Chelsea remain favourites with the easier run-in and a four point lead. By winning all 6 of our league games this month we have reduced the deficit from 10 points to four, while Chelsea lost at home to Crystal Palace and away to Manchester United. Mauricio Pochettino and his boys are going for gold!
With only one league game remaining to be played at this White Hart Lane stadium, we are unbeaten at home in league matches this season. Only Manchester United stand in our way in a quest to remain unbeaten in a home league season for the first time since 1964-65, and to equal our league record of 14 consecutive home league wins.
There are so many positives regarding this Spurs team. We conceded four goals in that semi-final, but only one goal in our 6 league games. That's five clean sheets, including one against Arsenal. Our 2-0 win was the first victory with no reply from the "Gooners" since 1995.
We've scored 18 goals this month making a total of 102 in all competitions so far this season. As you'd expect, each of our four top scorers have chipped in, with Son (5), Dele Alli (4), Harry Kane (3) and Christian Eriksen (2) all scoring. Mousa Dembele scored his first goal for the club since January 2016 against Bournemouth, and in the same game Vincent Janssen scored his first Premier League goal from open play. Eric Dier scored two goals this month and those were also his first club goals since January last year.
There have been five ever-present players this month - Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen. Those five clean sheets in the league can be attributed to more than two individuals, but Toby and Jan have been rocks in our defence all season.
The Spurs Odyssey player of the month was Christian Eriksen, who I would argue has been in tip-top form in 12 of our last 13 games, since we beat Fulham so convincingly at Craven Cottage in our fifth round FA Cup game. Since then, Eriksen has scored 5 and assisted in 12 goals, incuding Dele Alli's goal against Arsenal. Eriksen has been our man of the match in four of those games, and scored the decisive (and stunning) goal at Selhurst Park, which incidentally was our 100th goal of the season in all competitions. We have now scored 102!
That Arsenal win ensured we will finish above them this season, and that's also a first in 22 years.
The club confirmed only two days before the Arsenal game that we will play our home games at Wembley next season, which will present its own challenges. Hopefully, we will have an unbeaten home record to defend, and extend, and we certainly need to make a better fist of Champions League football next season.
There has been some bad news this month. Firstly, it appears that Kyle Walker is unsettled and may have had his head turned by one of the "moneybags" clubs - Manchester City. Also there has been a story that Toby Alderweireld has twice turned down offered renewed contracts, and that he wants a guaranteed release clause incuded. Hopefully both these issues can be resolved in the summer, to the benefit of Tottenham Hotspur Football Clubb, of course.
There is still a month to go, and four games to be played before we wrap up this season. Those four games incude our first visit to a highly charged London Stadium for the West Ham game, and the emotional last home game at this White Hart Lane against Manchester United. Let's hope we secure second place with a win against "The Hammers"; that we maintain our superb home form, and especially let's dream of somehow usurping Chelsea!
P.S - We haven't seen Danny Rose for three full months now, but he still leads the Spurs Odyssey player of the season ratings. Jan Vertonghen is closing in on him, with Toby Alderweireld also very close. The club have just opened the poll for the members' player of the season, and that is surely going to be a very difficult and close-run competition.
P.P.S! - Congratulations to Dele Alli, who won the PFA Young Player of the Year award for the second successive season. Harry Kane was again nominated for the senior award. Both Dele and Harry, along with Kyle Walker and Danny Rose were selected for the PFA Team of the Year. It remains a mystery how Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld were overlooked! Stop press! May 12th Mauricio Pochettino won the Premier League manager of the month award for April. It is his third such award, having been voted winner twice in 2015-16. Son Heung-min with his five goals won the Premier League player of the month award.
· Review the 2016-17 Premier League season here
Don't forget to check out the players' current figures re. appearances, cards, goals scored and accumulated ratings to date at the bottom of this page.
...if you want to read reports of the matches played during this season, then links are on the Spurs Odyssey Fixtures/Reports page here. By working your way back through the previous month's figures, you can review the performances over the last 17 years!