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Our Son shone in March!
The International break is over, and hopefully all our players will be back in the fold, fit and fine after their various trips abroad. In most cases, I think national managers have tried to please clubs by using their players wisely. I am not aware of any new injury issues.
Dele Alli was with the England squad, but didn't start either game (he did play 32 minutes against The Netherlands last Friday) but Gareth Southgate said he had not been able to train properly whilst with England, so hopefully any injury issues will have cleared up by the time we travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The major disappointment of the month was the Champions League home defeat to Juventus. Son had given us a first half lead and real hope of reaching another quarter-final, but we were caught slacking twice in three minutes in the second half when Higuain and Dybala scored. Juve, who have now moved back to the top of the Italian League, have been rewarded with a tie against Real Madrid, who Spurs beat well at Wembley in the Group stages.
We won both our Premier League games this month, at home to Huddersfield and away to Bournemouth. Son scored twice in each game and has scored 5 goals in all this month to take his total to 18 in all competitions this season for Spurs, and 12 in the Premier League. That gives Son 8th place in the current Premier League scorers'chart, but he has scored half Harry Kane's league total.
Harry Kane didn't score in three starts this month, but he did have to leave the field at Bournemouth, and was unable to join the England squad, although he did visit his National team coach without the protective boot he wore when leaving Bournemouth. We have been told he will be fit in April, but wait to see at what stage of the month he returns.
Harry lost his place at the top of the race for the Premier League Golden Boot after Mohamed Salah scored 4 for Liverpool in their 5-0 thrashing of Watford. Salah has gone four goals ahead of Harry. His club took back third plave on the day we were absent from Premier League duty whilst beating Swansea 3-0 in the FA Cup quarter-final.
Vertonghen, Sanchez, Eriksen, and Son were ever-present for Spurs in our four games played in March.
Some interesting statistics were published this week which indicated that Barcelona and Spurs were the only European clubs to have a player in each of the seven categories of a ranking of top performing players over the last three months. I don't know how those rankings were reached.
In Spurs' case the players were goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, centre-back Davinson Sanchez, full back Ben Davies, defensive midfielders Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier, box to box midfielders Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, winger Son Heung-min, and of course striker Harry Kane.
I am personally amazed that "Super" Jan Vertonghen did not make that list and that Davinson Sanchez is ranked higher. Sanchez is a great player, but he is still developing, in my opinion. Vertonghen remains very closely behind Harry Kane in our ongoing player of the season stats, and in my view has been huge for Spurs throughout this season, and for a long time before that too!
Another surprising statistic included Moussa Sissoko who apparently has recorded the third fastest sprint in the premier League so far this season!
Eric Dier once again captained England in their home friendly against Italy, and both Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose featured in both friendlies. Dier seems to be somewhat under-appreciated by Spurs fans, but he is certainly valued by both Mauricio Pochettino and Gareth Southgate, and I thought he played well against Italy.
The only other disappointment for Spurs fans this month is the ongoing mystery regarding Toby Alderweireld, deemed to be insufficiently fit to play for his club this month, but who started for Belgium last night, and played 90 minutes. Those transfer rumours regarding Alderweireld, who I regard as Spurs' best centre-back, continue and we must hope to see him play in April where he belongs.
Spurs scored 7 goals without Harry Kane this month and may need to carry on in that vein for a match or two before our hero returns. Christian Eriksen, also in great form this season and indeed this month, scored two against Swansea, who he loves playing. It has been a cold and even snowy Spring in places but our Son has shone this month and is the Spurs Odyssey player off the month, with three man of the match votes compared to Eriksen's one.
We have a crucial month ahead of us with 5 league games, including Chelsea away and Manchester City at home, and an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United. Hopefully, at the end of April we will be looking forward to another Champions League season and a first FA Cup Final since 1991!
· 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!