Form Guide August 2010
P W D L F-A GD Pts
5 2 1 2 8-5 3 4
2 Cup Matches
· May 2010 figures
· Last year's figures
Although it's a new season, some things just don't change in "Spurs World".
Gareth Bale has once again won your Player of the Month vote, but in fairness, he has given us some more scintillating performances with two goals, one of which was sublimity itself, at Stoke, where we won our only league game so far of the fledgling season.
Spurs have excited us, enthused us, and twice in five games disappointed us with their defeats in Bern, and at home to Wigan who had shipped 10 goals in their first two games of the season. Trust them to break their goals and points duck against us!
Injuries and the need for rest permitting. Bale is one of the seemingly "untouchables" whose name will be on the team sheet of Harry Redknapp. Also included would be Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, King, Ekotto, Lennon, Huddlestone, Modric, Defoe and Crouch. Well then, there's Harry's strongest team, except Ledley won't make too many games (three this month though); Gomes has already suffered one of his groin or hamstring strains. Modric got crocked early doors, and now Michael Dawson has suffered whilst playing for England.
It looks as if surprise signing William Gallas will be making an early debut this Saturday at The Hawthorns then, and that the other surprise "coup" signing of Rafael Van Der Vaart (what a name!) will make his Premier League debut. Mind you, we will have next week's game in Bremen to think about too!
Benoit Assou-Ekotto has played in all 5 games, and we love him when he gets his fancy defending right, looking all cool and cocky with it, but as soon as it goes wrong for him, the voters get on his back. At least he's loved some of the time, unlike current day fringe players Robbie Keane and Jermaine Jenas, who might have been expected to leave The Lane, but for one reason or another failed to get a move they liked.
Tom Huddlestone continues to go up and up in the ratings, whilst Aaron Lennon seems to have found more human traits rather than his best form. Crouchie got man of the match for that astounding hat-trick at home against Young Boys on what was a magical night for Spurs, but with the team failing to score in its two home league games, the strikers have not exactly been flavour of the month.
So, it's Gareth Bale once again who has won the plaudits, and that is unsurprising, bearing in mind he either scored or assisted in just about every one of the goals we scored in August.
Let's not remember August for the bad things, but think of it as a month when the club's focus was clearly upon qualification for the Champions League proper. That objective has been achieved with merit, and we have crossed the great divide between the mundane, mediocre and just not quite good enough, and Europe's Blue Riband football tournament. Let's enjoy that existence, and I am sure the aim will be to make our presence there a regular event in the future
Remember - the real Spurs are achievers; darers; doers. We've crossed the divide. Let's enjoy the ride!
Don't forget to check out the cumulative appearances and grades for the players as the season progresses - below. The grades are based upon a mark out of ten.
...if you want to remind yourself of the matches played during this month, then See the Fixtures page here. By working your way back through the previous month's figures, you can review the performances over the last 10 years!