· November 2015 figures
· Last Year's figures
The dream is on!
We started December in fifth place, four points behind Man City. We ended the month of December and the year of 2015 in fourth place, still four points behind the leaders, now Arsenal. Leicester sat at the top for three weeks but have lost five points in their two Christmas games, losing at Liverpool, and holding Man City to a 0-0 draw at home.
Bearing in mind we play Leicester twice in January (once in the FA Cup and once in the Premier League), those two games could be crucial to our chances of success this season, but there can be no doubt that right now, with regards to a Premier League title, the dream is on!
Yes, I always keep my feet on the ground, but we are once again being included as title contenders, although Arsenal and Man City are regarded as favourites right now. The story of the first 19 games of this topsy-turvy season indicates that anything really could happen, so why not us?
Apart from that blip against Newcastle, when we lost only our second Premier League game of the season, December has been another very good month, ending with three consecutive league wins, two of which have been tricky away fixtures.
Erik Lamela has had an excellent month too, winning two more man of the match votes to add to two achieved earlier in the season. Erik's hat-trick in the 4-1 home win over Monaco was his first in professional football. He capped off the month with his eighth goal of the season (in all competitions) at Watford, and is second behind Harry Kane in the list of Spurs goalscorers this season.
Lamela has clearly been nurtured by Mauricio Pochettino (with whom he shares the same nationality and language), and thrives under the confidence placed in him. It took some Spurs fans a long time, but now Erik has won admiration all round. I have always admired his willingness and ability to put a foot in; to go the extra yard; and to never give up. Now, Lamela is combining achievement with application and effort.
It has also been a good month for Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld, who were only just behind Lamela in the December rankings, and who are neck and neck in the ongoing player of the season poll. Hugo is only fractionally ahead of Toby at this stage.
Mousa Dembele now hears his name ringing around the ground, and was missed in that Newcastle defeat. He came back to win man of the match against Southampton, and to continue his good form. Harry Kane still has his scoring boots on with three league goals this month. 19 year old Dele Alli continues to shine, and has added two goals this month. 18 year old Josh Onomah made his full debut against Monaco and impressed. He is clearly one of several names for the future, and one we will see more of this season.
The last time we were fourth at the half-way stage (2012-13) we were 13 points behind the eventual title winners Manchester United. Sadly we finished fifth, one point behind Arsenal. The year before (2011-12), we were third at the half-way stage (we were third overnight this week), six points behind the leaders, who once again won the title. That time it was Man City. We did manage to finish fourth, but that was the year Chelsea put the kybosh on our Champions League hopes.
Let's hope for better for Spurs this time round. However, you are only as good as your next game, and Everton on Sunday at Goodison Park will test us to the full. Happy New Year!
· Review the 2015-16 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 15 years!