Plenty of engine power but not much spark.
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.So where are you on this one. Tottenham fans seem split between 'another lacklustre performance against Bus-Parkers who we should be beating with ease' and 'totally dominant and on another day we could have had a hatful'.
Mauricio wielded the axe, or rather gave some players a rest, as we forecast and changed things around to make us more forceful though less creative in the absence of Lamela and Eriksen.
Sunderland didn't offer to take us on so all that power went to waste and it was the spark in the final third that was missing. Fortunately Son was was on song and ran their defence ragged.
Dier reverted to centre half and Vertonghen played at left back as he does for Belgium. Dembele started with Wanyama in midfield. Sossoko started his first game on the right and showed plenty of strength.
Harry Kane still started though and scored from a Deli assist. Not at all sure about the logic of all this at home to a side in the bottom three. Mauricio will point out that we won and are now in the top three.
Not bad for a team still misfiring on all cylinders. Harry went off on a stretcher with possible ligament damage and will probably get several weeks well earned rest. Janssen on in his place failed to impress.
The Daily Mail are reporting six to eight weeks. So he could be back for the weekend or make his first appearance as Father Xmas at the Tottenham Xmas party. All guesswork at this stage. We might run a sweepstake.
Good of Harry though to wait until we got a belated back-up in Janssen before getting the injury we have feared for more than a year. One man's misfortune however is another man's opportunity.
Still no sign of Winks, Carroll, Onomah, Harrison or Cameron Carter Vickers. Winks or Carroll alongside Dembele and CCV at left back or....oh you get my drift. I expect they'll all start against Gillingham on Wednesday.
I'm joking of course. Mauricio seems to have abandoned his blooding of young players for the moment but at least 20yr old Deli has earned himself a new contract. What a snip at 5million. We might even double our money by the time he's Pogba's age.
Apart from Son, Toby was boringly reliable, another bargain, and Kyle Walker had another good game. Deli was alternately irritating and precociously good and got the vital assist. Allowances made for youth.
For a centre half Dier makes a good central midfielder and Jan for a centre half is a good full back. He has more time and space to be positive especially as Bus-Parkers tend to leave their wingers at home.
So still unbeaten in the Prem; up to where we finished last year; keeping our heads while some about us others are losing theirs, but not playing that well. You get the same points though for a scratchy win as you do for giving someone a thrashing.
As for Wednesday's cup game I hope that N'Koudou and several others get some time and Janssen gets some goals and that Mauricio is a little more adventurous with his substitutions when the game is won. Or should that be 'if'.
Pochettino is hinting at changes again but keeping well schtum about Harry's prospects for recovery. Wise man. It's usually twice as long as first forecast..
Update: Spurs have changed their Xmas party play to Treasure Island and penciled in Harry as Long John Silver. You read it on Musings first.
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The Son Heung-Min show. Great performance and he has been effective this season. The spark we need perhaps. Might save him for Middlesborough and give Georges-Kevin a start. It's what Cup ties against lower league opposition are for.