· January 2018 figures
· Last Year's figures
Moving forward very nicely!
February made us all shiver, thanks to "The Beast from the East" and its associated arctic conditions, but despite having to play two unwanted FA Cup replays over the course of this month, the team has made very good progress, and virtually all of our squad members are fit and fine - ready for the crucial games to come in March.
The most important game is surely the second leg of our Champions League Round of 16 game against Juventus, which is nicely poised thanks to our excellent comeback from 2-0 down after only the first 9 minutes in Turin. We've had 7 games this month, but every one of the squad has been rested at least twice, and whilst we wait for the full fitness bulletins regarding Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, I feel sure that Mauricio Pochettino has his squad honed down and ready for next Wednesday's game in front of a packed house at Wembley.
Last month I wrote of a statistical dilemma in separating the qualities of Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen, but this month it is Vertonghen who has benefited from playing in just three of our seven games. Jan's three games were all key to our ongoing pursuit of a top four place and progress in the Champions League, as he played at Anfield, in the home win against Arsenal, and also in Turin. Jan was voted man of the match at Anfield and continues to be Harry Kane's closest competitor for player of the season. Jan is also your player of the month for February.
Harry continues to make the headlines, of course, for all the right reasons. He kept his cool to score a late, late penalty in front of The Kop to get us a 2-2 draw, scored the only goal of the game against Arsenal and led our charge against Juventus. Harry also came off the bench to score from the spot at Spotland, Rochdale, and got the only goal of the game at Selhurst Park. His goals against Arsenal and Palace are examples of Harry being responsible for gaining more points for his club than any other Premier League player this season. This month, Harry scored his 100th, 101st and 102nd Premier League goals, making it 24 for the season, and 35 club goals for the second season running. More records will tumble this season, and Harry will climb higher in the all-time Spurs goalscorers' list. As I write, Kane has been named as the Premier League's player of the year at the London Football awards.
Mousa Dembele has also had an excellent February, winning two man of the match votes with high grades indeed against Arsenal and Juventus. Dembele is the most highly rated player by many of his peers in the Spurs squad. Our only January signing Lucas Moura, made a bright cameo appearance in Turin then scored a cracking goal on his full debut at Rochdale with further entertaining performances at Selhurst Park and in the 6-1 thrashing in the snow against Rochdale. Lucas is a player who will run through or around opponents, and he, Lamela and Son will be competing for places in the starting line-up now.
Fernando Llorente got his first hat-trick for the club in that game against Rochdale, and late substitute Kyle Walker-Peters got his first senior goal for Spurs. We go into March two points clear of Chelsea in fourth place, a situation which could get better this weekend when we host Huddersfield and the "Blues" travel to Manchester again, this time to play City. Arsenal are 10 points behind us in sixth place and have lost two consecutive games to City 3-0, one of which was the Carabao Cup Final. What's not to be liked about that?
We are scheduled to play Chelsea away on Sunday April 1st, but that game could be brought forward a day if either team has a Tuesday fixture in the Champions League. As things stand though, we have just four games this month, all coming before the International break with Premier League games against Huddersfield and Bournemouth, the Champions League game and a quarter-final FA Cup tie which must be decided on Saturday 17th March at Swansea.
P.S - Victor Wanyama's cracking goal at Anfield won the Premier League goal of the month award!
P.P.S - We are currently unbeaten in our last 16 games, and we have scored in our last 24 games!
· Review the 2017-18 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!