P W D L F-A GD Pts
5 3 0 2 12-5 7 9
1 Cup match
· Last month's figures - February 2022 figures
· Last Year's figures
Ready to spring forward?
Here in the UK, we put the clocks forward this weekend. "Spring forward, fall back" is a phrase we use to remember which way to alter our timepieces twice a year. In a domestic schedule curtailed by the final International break of the season we played 5 games and lost two, suggesting our inconsistencies have not been extinguished as yet. We dropped out of the FA Cup to Championship side Middlesbrough, thanks to a solitary goal scored in extra time. Our other defeat was a narrow 3-2 at Old Trafford where an inspired 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo won the game with the 59th hat-trick of his career. Even in defeat, Spurs’ overall performance was one which was received positively overall.
The games we won came as a result of impressive performances against Everton, Brighton and West Ham. A poor Everton side which is struggling to avoid relegation was thrashed. A deteriorating Brighton side which is currently firing too many blanks could have been beaten by more. West Ham struggled to recover from a preceding 120 minute Europa League win and fell behind Tottenham who have climbed up to fifth place. We’ve known we appointed a great coach from the moment Antonio Conte arrived. The players and our team have improved markedly this month. Can we spring forward and claim a top four place by the end of the season?
We have reached a point where Conte’s first choice team seems to be a settled Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Doherty, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Reguilon; Kulusevski, Kane and Son, although Antonio does seem to be anxious to have Oliver Skipp available again. Our coach also appears to have more time for Ryan Sessegnon than some of our fans. Our two January signings have settled in so well that they are both regarded as shoe-ins for our first choice team. Kulusevski and Sweden face Poland on Tuesday (30th) in a final play-off game for this year’s World Cup. Rodrigo Bentancur’s Uruguay beat Peru 1-0 last night (Thursday) and are assured of a World Cup place. Rodrigo missed our disappointing Middlesbrough game which affected the overall assessment of other players in this month’s figures. Thus, Rodrigo narrowly beat Harry Kane for this month’s player of the month award, and (with far fewer appearances) has edged ahead of Hugo Lloris in our player of the season assessment.
Ever-present players this month were:- Lloris, Doherty (yes, really!), Reguilon (3 bookings and his first club goal this month), Hojbjerg, Son (3 goals), Kane (4 goals), Dier (mysteriously not recalled by Gareth Southgate – got his first booking of the season this month), Kulusevski, and Ben Davies. Reguilon (3starts +2 subs) (1 goal), Bergwijn (all as sub) also appeared in all our games.
Antonio Conte and Harry Kane are among the nominees for Manager and Player of the month respectively. Kane and Son have extended their Premier League goal-scoring combination record to 39.
The five games we are currently scheduled to play in April are surely all winnable, and whilst we are yet to find out when our home game against Arsenal will be played, the odds are that we will face them as well as Liverpool in decisive May games.
Joe Rodon has been a perpetual unused sub for Spurs this season but played a crucial part in Wales’ World Cup progress, as did Ben Davies and a certain Gareth Bale.
Harry Kane won the Premier League's player of the month award for the seventh time, equalling Sergio Aguero's record figure. Son's first goal against West Ham won the club's goal of the month vote.
Jermain Defoe, who returned to in January this year, finally announced his retirement from a 22 year playing career which included two spells with Spurs, during which he scored 91 Premier League goals out of his total Premier League tally of 162 which puts him ninth in the all-time list. Jermain stands sixth in our list of all-time scorers with 143 club goals. Jermain’s best scoring season in the top flight was the 2009-10 season when he scored 18 Premier League goals and 24 club goals in all. That tally included his famous five goals against Wigan at Hull and Leeds (FA Cup). Jermain will forever be associated with young Bradley Lowery, a terminally ill Sunderland fan, with whom Jermain struck up a special relationship during and after his first spell with the Wearside club. Jermain played a crucial part in the Spurs squad that won its way into the Champions League for the first time in 2010.
Did you know? Spurs have had 10 own goals scored in their favour so far this season. Three were scored this month.
· Review the 2021-22 Premier League season here
...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 performances over more than 21 years!