P W D L F-A GD Pts
6 3 2 1 12-7 5 4
3 Cup Matches
· June/July 2020 figures
· Last Year's figures
Transfer business not done yet?
Jose Mourinho must have quite an influence upon Daniel Levy, judging by the transfer activity we have seen at Tottenham so far in the current window which is not due to close until Monday 5th October. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty were signed before the season started, but of course the most exciting news was revealed officially on Saturday 19th September when the club formally announced the return of Gareth Bale (on a season-long loan from Real Madrid) and the permanent signing of left back Sergio Reguilon.
We won’t see Gareth in action before the West Ham game after the International break, and what a shame it is that none of us will see him in person for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions on attendance at stadia. One of my favourite Bale goals was the one he scored at Upton Park in February 2013 which secured a 3-2 win. His rocket shot would have hit me, had it not hit the net! We would all love to see Gareth in action and to score again against "The Hammers". Whilst he will not be as explosive as he was seven years ago, or in most of his time at Real Madrid, Bale clearly remains a highly skilful and influential footballer and will enhance our team.
Hojbjerg, Doherty and Hart have all had games, and seem to be settling in well.
After an early, perhaps nervous lapse, Sergio Reguilon had a good debut game against Chelsea in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup game, providing an excellent assist for Lamela’s goal, and having a couple of decent personal attempts on goal too.
We’ve already played 6 games in less than three weeks since the start of the season, and that would have been seven had the Leyton Orient League Cup tie gone ahead but the virus put paid to that and Spurs got a bye. Spurs paid for the testing of the Orient squad, and I understand have also donated their prize money to the League Two club. Match-worn shirts from the Chelsea game are to be auctioned with funds being added to The Edinburgh family’s JE3 Foundation in memory of our former left-back who led Orient back into the Football League in 2019.
Regarding the 6 games we have played, the end result from the three league games has been disappointing, especially due to a rare home defeat against Everton, who incidentally have won their opening 6 games (including 3 league cup ties) for the first time since 1938/9. We had a wonderful second half performance at Southampton against whom "Sonny" scored 4 goals and Harry Kane scored one for himself and assisted all of Son’s goals. In that game we suffered a VAR injustice over a handball decision against Matt Doherty. The decision in the Newcastle game the following week against Eric Dier hurt us more as it cost us two points.
Eric Dier is much favoured by Jose and the centre-back was given the official Carabao Cup man of the match award for the Chelsea game during which he had to race off the field of play for an emergency toilet break. Dier posted a picture of the trophy on a toilet seat with a toilet roll next to the trophy!
That penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea was a great morale booster and we don’t have to worry about the quarter-final until the week before Christmas. We safely negotiated tricky away Europa League qualifiers in Bulgaria and North Macedonia but have a home play-off match tonight against Maccabi Haifa of Israel, which we should win. If we do succeed tonight, we will have Thursday-Sunday football for most of the time until Christmas and seven games in the month of October.
Our transfer business may not yet be done, as we are being firmly linked with Benfica’s Brazilian striker Carlos Vinicius for a loan deal with an option to buy next summer. That would be very, very solid back-up/competition for Harry Kane – something fans have craved for several years. We are also being linked with possible moves for a central defender, but we have to wait and see.
Blimey, I think most fans are even warming to the “Special One”!
Heung-min Son was voted the Spurs Odyssey player of the month for his top scoring 5 goals and for his overall performances. Sadly, “Sonny” tweaked his hamstring in the Newcastle game, but we may even see him on Sunday at Old Trafford.
· Review the 2020-21 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 performances over the last 20 years!