Spurs Player resting after training.
Were-Wolves up next.*
The JimmyG2 Column.
.I could get used to this. What a way to almost end a very good year. Two mid-table teams with good reputations crushed. 11 goals; one clean sheet; youngsters and our own on full display and central to the performances.
Into second behind Liverpool and only Wolves at home between us and a Xmas clean sweep. We weren't lucky but we did have the odd piece of luck which all teams need for success.
But 'Fortune favours the brave' they say and 'to dare is to do' and all that. Mauricio with the aid of a sprinkling of youth is managing the twin problems of a hectic time-table and extensive injuries, very well.
Currently Wanyama, Vertonghen, Dier and Dembele are all unavailable but Foyth, Sissoko, KWP and Skipp have stepped up in style. Lamela, Dele, Rose, Trippier, Eriksen and Aurier have all been sidelined recently too.
The Doomsday Merchants decrying our lack of transfer activity in the summer have so far been proved wrong but the the tsunami from this earthquake may still be yet to make landfall. We will see.
The wayward finishing of our opponents in both games and their haphazard defending under pressure has certainly contributed to our success but we have played with control and patience until pace and movement by our forwards, especially Son, have created chances.
In midfield Winks continues to build on his earlier promise, Eriksen has been our creative motor, Harry Kane playing deeper from time to time has impressed as a provider, Dele has been a Quixotic presence again from deeper positions.
In defence Toby and Vertonghen have marshaled a rotating back four, or three with authority and Sissoko has been a revelation for some weeks. Behind all of this Lloris has been consistently good. Davies in a back three has shone.
So the lack of new players has been augmented by youngsters, Skipp, KWP and Foyth, and more recent signings Moura and Sissoko playing their full part. New signings have to be integrated into a tight knit squad which is not always easy.
On Boxing Day thanks to 3 assists by KWP it was all over by half time but a couple more was the cherry, sorry, on the cake. We are beginning at last to be counted among the contenders but of course it is Liverpool's Trophy to lose.
But they were saying that about City a month ago. We seem to have been hiding in plain sight until very recently like vampires appearing only to drink the blood of our fellow Premiership rivals and avoiding the daily light of publicity.
A deflected Eriksen shot opened the rout. Moura swept in the second and Son found the corner of the net for the third. All three from outside the area from passes inside by a rampant KWP.
In the second half Harry Kane converted a brilliant chip from Eriksen, and Son cleaned up after a fascinating goal-line scramble. The ball should have been cleared at least four times. but they all count.
We might have have conceded a penalty for Forth's challenge against Bournemouth but should have had one for Zouma's challenge on Harry Kane against Everton. Not so much the Roller Coaster more Swings and Roundabouts.
Son will be a loss in January but Lamela and Moura and perhaps Llorente can fill the gaps. Harry Kane is increasingly flexible and a lot of hopes will be resting on Dele to find the holes in opposition defences.
Some of the strain on resources will be eased by the expected return of Vertonghen, Dier and hopefully Wanyama to give the perpetual motion midfield of Sissoko and Winks a breather.
It is unusual recently for Spurs to score so freely but chances have increasingly been made and taken.
This may reflect a new attitude by Mauricio and the team. A more ruthless 'kicking a man when he's down' attitude.
*Sorry: over excited Marketing Dept.
Next week: Half Season Awards.
Jimmy's Video Spot.
Man of the Moment (and match). Talks and plays lovely. Another 30 million saved. Kyle Walker-Peters he's one of our own you know. Local boy from a footballing family.