· May 2015 figures
· Last Year's figures
Guess who you voted Spurs' player of the month!
Guess who is our player of the month for August, 2015? I can't give the award to Danny Rose, who made only one appearance - in our 0-0 draw with Everton - so it has to go to goalkeeper and Captain Hugo Lloris, who played three out of the four games, and was marked consistently throughout.
Hugo had to sit out the first game, as he was not fully fit following his close season accident in which he suffered a fracture to his wrist, but he is back to fitness and in the groove now. No offence to Hugo, but I hope for an outfield player to out-shine him this season. Harry Kane was of course everybody's darling last season, winning the club player of the year awards, but it was Hugo who was more consistent over the season in the eyes of Spurs Odyssey fans. We are, of course, glad that Hugo is still ours, as he had been linked with Manchester United, who would have sold De Gea to Real Madrid had the paperwork been sorted out properly!
As always, there has been a lot of angst over the transfer window, particularly over the failure to sign another out and out striker to support Harry Kane, who has yet to score for his club this season. Plenty has been said and written about the stand-off between Daniel Levy and West Brom's chairman Jeremy Peace, but the end result is that Saido Berahino stayed at The Hawthorns, and we have no-one to fill the number 9 shirt. Hopefully that will change in January.
Some fans allegedly spotted that our most recent signing Son Heung-Min had his club profile changed from midfielder to striker. The club deny this, and soccer association has Son and Clinton N'Jie listed as striker. Son scored a hat-trick for South Korea against Laos last night (3rd September, 2015), and did score 18 goals for club and country over the last year, so there is hope of goals along with the pace in his feet in the season to come.
We've yet to see Son, or Clinton N'Jie in action. Clinton has been prolific for club and country in his last 15 games, scoring 9 goals.
One striker we won't see in the first team is Emmanuel Adebayor, who is not in either squad list for the period until January. I am sure he won't play another first team game, but he is expensive, refusing to terminate his contract, unless the club paid him up front. Instead, he will draw £100,000 per week. Adebayor also declined terms with West Ham. The least said now about this man, the better.
We've also yet to see Kieran Trippier or Kevin Wimmer. That will come in September, when the Europa League and Capital One Cup kick in. Mind you, there are those who would not welcome anything less than a full strength team to face Arsenal on September 23rd!
Two new names do come to the fore though, when we review August. Firstly, centre-back Toby Alderweireld has brought some stability to the defence, alongside Jan Vertonghen. They both play full-back for their country. Alderweireld has looked dangerous at corners (ours, of course!), and has showed strong passing ability coupled with his confidence and ability at the back. So far, Toby has not attracted the attention of a referee. He only got three yellows all last season at Southampton, so he looks a cool and calm customer.
On the other hand, Eric Dier has already seen yellow three times in a defensive midfield position that we expected or hoped would be filled by A.N.OTHER. Victor Wanyama was a target, but Ronald Koeman at Southampton put his foot down, just as he did last year with Schneiderlin.
19 year old Dele Alli, who we signed in January, but loaned back to MK Dons, has entertained and excited Spurs fans with three appearances off the bench so far, even scoring his first goal at Leicester. Like Dier, Alli also needs reeling in a little, as he also has been shown yellow twice in those three substitute appearances.
It is obviously disappointing and dis-heartening to be in 16th place after 4 games, still waiting for a win. We aren't going to compete with Manchester City, who look very clearly title-winning material with their four straight and convincing wins, all with clean sheets. They are already 8 points above Chelsea, who are only three places above us with a worse goal difference.
It is frustrating that Crystal Palace can manage a win at Stamford Bridge when we haven't won there for over 25 years, and also when West Ham can beat both Arsenal and Liverpool away in the first month of the season. The "Hammers" lost at home to both Bournemouth and Leicester though, so it is too early in the season to make many judgements.
You might be surprised to learn that in most respects (score ratio was not one), Spurs Odyssey gradings indicate that our form has actually been better than in May this year when we won two and lost two games.
We did perform well at Old Trafford. United did not create as many chances as we did, and it needed an own goal for them to win. Our worst performance was in letting a two goal lead slip against Stoke, but against Leicester and Everton we did perform well, apart from the cutting edge needed up front. Things really can only get better, can't they?
· 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 below.
...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!