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Norman Giller's Spurs Odyssey Blog (No. 337) (27.10.20)

NORMAN GILLER’S SPURS ODYSSEY BLOG No 337
Submitted by Norman Giller

Sonshine Boys best double act since the G-Men

Call them The Sonshine Boys, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. This old hack can confirm they are now even rivalling the G-men, Greavsie and Gilzean, as the greatest double act in my 70 years following Spurs.

The facts and figures speak for themselves. Sonny’s header from a Kane header against Burnley last night was the seventh time this season they have combined to score, and they have now had 29 goals/assists between them since the ‘careering Korean’ arrived from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015.

This is just seven goals off the all-time Premier League record jointly held by Chelsea’s plundering pair Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard. Goodness knows what the record will be by the time these two pals on and off the pitch have finished their dynamic duo display.

There is so much more to the Kane game than scoring. You all know how much I love Greavsie, but I promise he would not have been on the goal-line heading clear like Kane did last night. And remember how he also blocked a certain goal against West Ham? The super man seems determined to tread on each blade of grass on every pitch on which he plays.

But just to put an anchor on my hyperbole, let’s not forget that Tottenham were nearly throttled to death by Burnley’s desperate defensive play before Sonny’s glory header, all reported here by our Spurs Odyssey guru Paul H. Smith.

Yet I can feel in my old bones that something special is coming this season, and it’s not just because of the ‘1’ in 20-21 and the anniversaries of the centenary of the FA Cup win in 1921, platinum anniversary of the 1950-51 Push and Run title triumph and diamond jubilee of the Double in 1960-61.

There is a buzz coming from the squad as if they have collectively made up their mind that this is the season that Tottenham will end the silverware drought. And what a squad. Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius did not even get on the pitch at Turf Moor, and Dele Alli was not even on the bench. Jose Mourinho is almost certain to let the trio off the leash against Antwerp in Belgium on Thursday.

One thing’s for sure, the Sonshine Boys are going to keep us laughing all the way to the end of this surreal season. Stay safe. COYS!


Spurs Odyssey Trivia Quiz League

The eighth week of season seven of the Spurs Odyssey Quiz League challenge, and the question is:

Who collected two FA Cup winners’ medals with Spurs, played his early football in Norway and against which team did he score a Uefa Cup final goal?

Please email your answer to me at SOQL8@normangillerbooks.com. Deadline: midnight this Friday. I will respond to all who take part.

The rules are the same as in previous seasons. I ask a two-pronged question with three points at stake – two for identifying the player and one for the supplementary question. In the closing weeks of the competition I break the logjam of all-knowing Spurs-history experts with a tie-breaking poser that is based on opinion rather than fact.

This year’s prizes for the champion: a Harry Kane framed and signed photo two, books from my Greavsie collection with autographs from Jimmy Greaves, Steve Perryman and Dave Mackay, and, most important of all, a framed certificate announcing the winner as SOQL champion.

Last week’s SOQL question: Who has been runner-up in two European Champion League finals, has won 102 international caps and against which team did he score his first League goal for Spurs in a 4-1 victory at the Lane in 2015?

The answer: Toby Alderweireld, who scored his first League goal for Spurs in the 4-1 victory against Manchester City.

See you back here same time, same place next week. COYS!

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