|Harry and Mauricio get their timing just right.|
The Jimmy G2 Column
Mauricio took his chance too putting out the backup squad, just the nine changes from Chelsea, and introducing them to the mysteries of 3/5/1/1.
Why else would we play such a system at home to poor Championship opposition?
A calm controlled performance as would be expected. Cameron Carter-Vickers, barely turned 19, started and gave us yet another centre half option along with Wimmer.
I make that five options with Dier and our two Belgian regulars. Six if you include Mauricio himself. Too old? I bet he's fit enough in an emergency.
Harry Winks did his Party Trick, his Christian Eriksen impression which at 20 yrs old was a bit of a show stopper and he was a clear MOM.
He's the other Harry and, just like him, one of our own. He has another four years to get up to speed.
Mauricio had to bring on Dele to change the game and he showed his class, finding space and laying the ball off quickly. Kevin N'Koudou. gave another effective cameo and must be close to a proper start.
He and Sissoko provided the assists from wide for Davies first Spurs goal, a clever glancing header and Son's 8th. of the season following good team play. We left it late but there was no panic.
Wycombe up next at home which should see roughly the same team take the field and a similar result.
Cameron Carter-Vickers and Wimmer took their chance but Vincent Janssen did not.
CCV is another of our own having joined the Academy at 11. He remains eligible for both US and England. He is stocky, strong and good in the air.
Vorm kept the keeping gloves warm but had as little to do as Hugo himself often does. He's better with his feet however and did very little but with the same authority.
Both teams achieved their aims: us to give game time to the irregulars and go through to the next round: Villa to avoid getting completely swamped. Both missions accomplished.
On the transfer front Schneiderlin seems to have gone to Everton for 22 million. At that price I can only assume we didn't want him despite the Southampton, Pochettino connection.
But as the Beatty in the British Telecom ads used to say: not good enough for Manchester Utd: not good enough for us.
The Rolling Stones got it spot on:
'You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes,
well you might find
You get what you need'
Obviously keeping our savings dry for the next couple of weeks. Apart from transforming Vincent Janssen or replacing him what exactly do we need?
Jimmy's Video spot.
Beatty or the Rolling Stones? No contest! A classic from the 1980's. I love The Stones but couldn't resist this.