Here comes the Son: Son continues to improve in his second season at the Lillywhites

Here comes the Son: Son continues to improve in his second season at the Lillywhites

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While at times inconsistent, Son Heung-Mins second season in English football with Spurs has seen the South Korean winger significantly improve, and he has gone onto become one of Spurs’ most effective players under manager Mauricio Pochettino. Following a first season in north London which was stop, start due to injury, his form and confidence suffered and his big money move from Bayer Leverkusen had some fans questioning his worth come the end of last season. Whilst not the most consistent player last term, few can argue the massive contribution that his made to our side during the current campaign, his become much more consistent as he continues to adapt to the premier league. The 24 year old has chipped in with an impressive 18 goals in all competitions, as well as a handful of assists. Son’s a player who buys in to Pochettino’s footballing philosophy, he has a great work ethic, he plays the game with a smile on his face, is hungry to score goals and it’s that, that has given him a great affinity with the clubs supporters. The winger has been played on both flanks as well as upfront, whilst it’s unquestionable that his best position is on the right wing, his versatility has come in very useful for Pochettino, when injuries have prevented Kane from playing, Son has often been the preferred choice up front in Kane’s absence. Son ended last season on 8 goals in all competitions, after starting the season the so well with 3 goals in 3 games, Son’s season took a dip in form as he struggled with injuries. And when he did recover, he was often featuring only from the bench, the Spurs fans had only been treated to flashes of Son’s brilliance.

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In contrast to last season Son has grown up as a player in the worlds strongest league, he has demonstrated his great goal scoring ability much more regularly, his statistics being very impressive for someone who plays out wide. His bursting runs down the flanks and his eagerness to cut in and have a shot from long range, were key attributes that our side was missing prior to his arrival. Son’s a great athlete, a player whose very fast over 10 metres, yes he can frustrate just like Erik Lamela can do as well, but this season is beginning to bring out the very best in this immensely talented forward. Pochettino has shown real faith in him as a player throughout the past two seasons, he has stuck by him even when he reportedly wanted to leave Spurs last summer, and Son’s repaying him with such great goal scoring form. At 24 years of age, I still think there’s a lot more to come from this South Korean mega star. I have also notice many of his fellow country men and women at the ground with his name on their backs. This can only be positive for our international standing and growing reputation. COYS!

Spurs 4-0 Watford: (match report)

Spurs 4-0 Watford: (match report)

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It was another wonderful day at White Hart Lane as Spurs defeated Watford 4-0 in glorious fashion this afternoon. Mauricio Pochettino’s side saw out a tough opening 20 minutes, before dismantling the Hornets with a splendid performance, as they continue to keep the pressure on league leaders Chelsea. Fresh from their dramatic 3-1 victory over Swansea in midweek, Spurs were up against a well structured Watford side who were counter attacking our high pressing side. Nevertheless, we started the game brightly attacking with intent, and we came close just under ten minutes in, when Janssen received a pass on the edge of the penalty area. Before shrugging past Cathcart as he tried to place an effort from close range, which was met well by former Spurs goalkeeper Gomes as he pulled off a fine save to his left. Janssen came close to scoring again ten minutes later, after Trippier put in an inviting volleyed cross, which Janssen met at the far post, unfortunately for him it came of his chest before hitting the crossbar. Spurs’ dominance of the game was beginning to show, Watfords early bright spell began to flatten as Spurs took the lead on 33 minutes through the inform Dele Alli. After receiving a pass from Son, Alli curled the ball into the top right hand corner of the net, from close to 30 yards out as he left Gomes rooted to the spot, a truly sensational goal! Spurs were even hungrier to score after netting their first, and their high intensity style of play continued, just six minutes later the Lillywhites doubled their advantage. After Son’s shot was blocked, the ball came out to Dier on the edge of the box, the midfielder drove a low effort which flew into the back of the net, 2-0 to Spurs.

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The crowd were elated as we pushed for our third of the game shortly before the interval, a player who had been forever present in the game had been Son, and he was to get our third of the game on the stroke of half time. Son loves a long shot, and he decided to have a go from 28 yards out, his low curling effort flew in between the left post, leaving Gomes with no chance, 3-0 to Spurs at the interval. After an ideal first half, Spurs were not content with their three goal advantage as they began the second half, Pochettino’s side were simply overwhelming Watford and they soon added to their advantage through Son. After being found at the far post by Trippier who whipped in a brilliant cross, son hit the ball first time, his volleyed finish hitting the back of the net, 4-0 to Spurs! We were in cruise control for the remainder of the game, we had well and truly deflated the visitors and we were desperately unlucky not to win by an even greater margin. Son went close to getting his first premier league hat-trick late on, after he flashed an effort narrowly past the post, whilst the recovered Harry Kane almost put the icing on the cake with a spectacular long range free kick in stoppage time, his effort crashing against the crossbar. The final score Spurs 4-0 Watford, another superb performance from our team, we were treated to a superb display as our great form continues, we’re certainly not letting Chelsea run away with the league title! COYS

Post match notes: Another brilliant team performance ensured that we recorded our 11th straight league win. There were some outstanding individual performances that caught my eye today and none more so than Son. The South Korean international has been in great form this season and after today’s game he is on 18 goals for the season, Son’s a great athlete and his hard working display had a profound impact on the game. Son was constantly looking for routes through to goal, his eagerness to shoot resulted in him scoring two very good goals, Son also set up Alli’s opener. On only his third league start of the season right back Kieran Trippier was so sharp, he put in a very solid defensive performance. But it was Trippier’s crossing which was his greatest asset, his expertly timed deliveries and anticipation created a whole host of chances, he done a very good job to assist Son for his second of the game. Our next game is against Bournemouth, next Saturday lunchtime. In other news, our under 18’s ran out 3-2 winners against Norwich this morning at Hotspur Way, a hat-trick from Reo Griffiths ensuring all three points for McDermott’s side.
My man of the match: The superb Son Heung-Min, the South Koreans fine goalscoring run continues, Son was excellent today his two goals and assist ensuring a vital three points.

Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele (Sissoko 74), Son (Onomah 88), Dele, Eriksen, Janssen (Kane 61). Substitutes (not used): Pau Lopez, Walker, Wimmer, Nkoudou.

Watford (3-4-3): Gomes (c), Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Janmaat, Cleverley, Doucouré (Zuniga 59), Amrabat (Deeney 70), Niang, Okaka (Kabasele 84), Success. Substitutes (not used): Pantilimon, Capoue, Mason, Eleftheriou.

Goals: Spurs – Dele 32, Dier 39, Son 44, 55.

Yellow cards: Watford – Doucoure.

Referee: Anthony Taylor.

Attendance: 31,706.

Spurs versus Watford: (match preview)

Spurs versus Watford: (match preview)

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Fresh from their dramatic 3-1 victory over Swansea in midweek Spurs return to action tomorrow afternoon as they host Watford at the Lane. Mauricio Pochettino’s side could go within four points of leaders Chelsea with a win in Saturday lunchtimes game, the blues face Bourenmouth on Saturday evening. Our side is flying at the moment in spite of a string of injuries, but with Harry Kane poised to return tomorrow and with Watford currently enduring a defensive headache there could be no better time to face the hornets then on Saturday. Walter Mazarri’s Watford side currently sit in 10th position, and the Hertfordshire based club have been an inconsistent but well structured side throughout the season, their defensive style of play helping them to record notable victories over both Arsenal and Man United. Whilst Watford are a good side who have cemented their place in the premier league for a second consecutive season, I feel that their numerous defensive injuries. Which includes key players Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Prodl as well as the suspended Miguel Britos. With their tenacious defence left vulnerable through injury, I’m anticipating our side to be ruthless in tomorrows match and I’m confident our attacking prowess will overwhelm the Hornets and I’m predicting a big win, similar to the reverse fixture back in December, where we ran out 4-1 winners. Watford are a solid outfit and are capable of providing a shock with attacking players such as Troy Deeney and M’Baye Niang at their disposal. However, if our side plays with the same intensity as they did on Wednesday night then I’m confident that we’ll ease past Watford if we can get an early goal. After all the Lane is our fortress. COYS

Team news: In what comes as a welcome surprise, striker Harry Kane will likely be involved tomorrow following his swift recovery from injury, though I still think he’ll start from the bench. Meanwhile, Spurs have a bit of a goalkeeping headache, with Lloris a doubt through illness and deputy Michel Vorm ruled out through a knee injury picked up in midweek, there could be a first start for talented on loan goalkeeper Pau
Lopez, the talented Spanish keeper who is on loan from Espanyol, has made a couple of appearances for our under 23’s. I have been very impressed with what I’ve seen from him at youth level, and manager Mauricio Pochettino’s is in no doubt as to his capabilities: “Pau is ready to play if Hugo is not ready. Why would it be a gamble to play him?” However, Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks remain out through injury, whilst midfielder Victor Wanyama will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lopez, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dembele, Wanyama, Son, Alli, Eriksen, Janssen.

My predicted score: 4-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Dele Alli x2, Son and Janssen.

One to watch: M’Baye Niang, Watfords on loan French winger who has electric pace and great skill as well as an eye for goal.

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“Simply superb!” My thoughts on Spurs’ dramatic 3-1 victory over Swansea:

“Simply superb!” My thoughts on Spurs’ dramatic 3-1 victory over Swansea:

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With just two minutes remaining of normal time Spurs found themselves a goal down to 17th place Swansea City at the Welsh clubs Liberty stadium, Mauricio Pochettino’s side seemed destined for a first loss in eight league matches. Six minutes later there were scenes of pandemonium in the away end, Spurs were 3-1 up! Courtesy of a breathtaking three goal blitz with three wonderfully worked goals from Dele Alli, Son and Christian Eriksen securing a most dramatic three points for our title challenging side, we were simply superb! The sheer determination and fighting spirit that Pochettino’s side showed was nothing new, but the power that his injury stricken team showed to turn over a well structured Swansea side, in the space of just five minutes was testament to the outstanding team that they are. Whilst we were also attacking well on Wednesday nights game, we were sharp and our intensity was overwhelming the swans. Although no Spurs fan or pundit alike could have predicted Spurs’ late goal flurry. Each one of our late goals was wonderfully crafted and our players composure in front of goal was nothing short of outstanding, all that tough work on the training ground had given them the stamina yet again to achieve the near impossible. Whilst Wednesday’s win was down to a great team performance, there was one player who changed the game. Christian Eriksen’ creativity carved through the Swansea defence, the Danish international created a string of openings from within the midfield as he sprayed a series of sumptuous passes which eventually broke down Swansea’s tough defence.

After his deflected low pass found its way to Alli who tapped home for our equaliser, Eriksen again went on to make an important contribution to our second minutes later, before going on to secure all three points with a smart finish. It wasn’t just the creativity of Eriksen that won us the game, Dele Alli and Son were equally as effective and they stepped up yet again in place of talisman Harry Kane. Whilst the introduction of Vincent Janssen also helped change the game, the Dutchman’s impressive hold up play and assist for Son’s goal showed his great potential at Spurs as he begin to adapt to the premier league. We showed how good a side we really are, despite the numerous absentees which included Harry Kane and Victor Wanyama, Pochettino’s side are refusing to let Chelsea run away with the league title. Wednesday may just have been one of the most memorable games of the season and we return to action tomorrow afternoon when we face Watford at the Lane, this really is a special time for Spurs fans! COYS

Additional notes: I noticed that development squad midfielder Filip Lesniak was training with Wanyama ahead of Wednesday’s game, the young Slovakian defensive midfielder likely travelled due to our current lack of defensive midfielders following injuries to Winks and Wanyama.

Spurs versus Swansea: (match preview)

Spurs versus Swansea: (match preview)

“Belief and faith and fight. In football nothing is impossible and that is our philosophy.” (Mauricio Pochettino)

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Following Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend, our 2-0 victory over Burnley at turf moor last Saturday has resulted in Chelsea’s lead at the top beeing cut to seven points. With many Spurs fans daring to dream of their team pulling off the impossible, Mauricio Pochettino’s side take on Swansea this evening knowing that they could end the night just four points behind the league leaders, if other results were to go their way. The determination and sheer might that Spurs showed on Saturday was highly commendable, despite suffering injuries to midfielders Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks, Spurs outclassed a Burnley side with one of the premier leagues best home records. With the help of a tactical master class from manager, Mauricio Pochettino and goals from Eric Dier and and Son. Tonight’s game presents a similar challenge as we visit South Wales to face a Swansea side currently embroiled in a relegation battle. However, since taking over at Swansea manager Paul Clement’s side are yet to taste defeat at the liberty stadium under Clement, and their rapid improvement under Clement is a completely different side to the one we thrashed 5-0 at the Lane back in December.

The creativity will come through former Spurs man Gylfi Sigurðsson, whilst target man Fernando Llorente will be a handful if fit. Whilst it’s imperative that we win tonight, the difficulty of this game will provide a tough test for our side with stakes so high for both teams.

Team news: Following a scan, Spurs announced in midweek that young midfielder Harry Winks will remain out for the rest of the season, Winks joins Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela in tonight’s absentees. Meanwhile, midfielder Victor Wanyama is an injury doubt following a back injury he sustained in Saturday’s victory.

My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Lloris, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Walker, Eriksen, Alli, Son.

My score prediction: 3-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen and Son.

One to watch: Former Spurs man Gylfi Sigurðsson will provide the swans biggest goal threat, the Iceland international has got eight league goals and 11 assists this season.

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Spurs v Burnley: (match preview)

Spurs v Burnley: (match preview)

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Spur return to action on Saturday afternoon when they face Burnley, in an important league fixture at Turf Moor. After a two week international break Mauricio Pochettino’s’ Lillywhites continue their quest for a top four finish, and with our team sitting in second place and playing some brilliant football, Pochettino is on course to overachieve with Spurs for a second consecutive season. However, this afternoons opposition will provide one of the toughest away games of the season, the clarets have only lost three games at home in the league this season, and despite their struggles away from home their still in a very good position to secure their premier league status for another season. Highly structured and hard to break down, Sean Dyche has Burnley very well set up. I’m expecting a tight game and one in which the home side will do all they can to look for a draw, frustrating our attacking side throughout. Whilst Andre Gray is the clarets main goal threat, danger will also come from out wide through Robbie Brady and George Boyd.

Team news: Today’s match comes too soon for the injured trio of Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela. Whilst striker Vincent Janssen is an injury doubt with a chest infection.

My predicted lineup: Lloris (C),Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Walker, Dele, Eriksen, Son.

My score prediction: 1-0 to Spurs courtesy of a goal from Jan Vertonghen.

An interesting pre match read: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/31/mauricio-pochettino-spurs-fight-against-burnley

One to watch: Burnley’s pacy forward Andre Gray who has been linked with Spurs. Gray has eight league goals this season.

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