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Season Review! Part Three: The Fans Reaction

A fifth place finish and a day out at Wembley with a new manager at the hotseat in his first season at the club. Can you really argue with that? For me, you can’t really.

I have been pretty happy with this season, and Mauricio Pochettino is just starting to fully implement in system into the side, and things look very bright for the future.

Although we say it every year, with a few good additions to the squad over the summer transfer window, I feel that we can make a real push for the top four next season.

Anyway, enough of my reaction to the season, here is how you reacted to our season over on Twitter.

Season Review! Part Two: Transfer Dealings

Although Mauricio Pochettino had very little time to assess his squad and see what areas needed strengthening, the Argentine still made six signings over the summer window (seven, including Dele Alli in January), and some have been successes, whilst some have been flops. We rate the signings that Mauricio Pochettino made last summer.

Michel Vorm (5/10)

When the goalkeeper signed from Swansea in the summer, you would have thought he would have been informed that he would be second choice keeper behind Frenchman Hugo Lloris. Whether he was in the knowledge or not, Vorm has gone about things in a professional way, and although in my opinion he hast quite proved his worth yet, this piece of business hasn’t been too bad.

Ben Davies (6/10)

There was a very bad reaction from fans when Danny Rose signed a new contract with the club, and many thought that Ben Davies would start over Danny Rose. That was until we saw the excellent form of Rose, and perhaps this had something to do with the squad competition that Ben Davies brought to the club?

Eric Dier (8/10)

This signing has turned out to be a pretty good one, judging by his first season at the club. Despite form dropping off a little towards the tail end of the season, Eric Dier’s blistering start to the campaign has left us all wondering what this young man can do once he gets an extended run in the first team next season.

DeAndre Yedlin (N/A)

I cant give this signing a ratings as we have seen him appear just once in the Premier League against Aston Villa. We all hope to see more of the former Seattle player next season.

Federico Fazio (5/10)

It has been a debut season at Spurs littered with red cards for Federico Fazio. He has proved to be unreliable at the back for large parts of the season, and he has shown us all that he has the occasional error in him.

Benjamin Stambouli (5/10)

Benjamin Stambouli hasn’t featured much in the first team for Spurs this season, but when he has played, he has shown great composure in the midfield, and whether he will play more for us next season or even stay at the club remains to be seen with reports suggesting that he could be heading back to France in the summer.

Overall, it has been a decent summer for Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs, and as we know, new signings may need more than just one season to reach their full potential.

Spurs’ Goal Of The Season – The Contenders

Altogether this season, Spurs have scored 91 goals in all competitions this season, some of them have been set-pieces or tap-in whereas others have been some of the finest goals you’re ever likely to see from a player in the Lilywhite shirt.

We’ve put together a list of 5 goals that have taken our breath away this season for many reasons. Here’s the list of contenders.

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Harry Kane vs Chelsea

His 2nd of the game that pretty much sealed victory for us on New Year’s Day was absolutely mesmerising. He turned Terry & Cahill like Sunday League defenders and slotted it with a velvet touch into the corner past Courtois was so reminiscent of many great strikers like Shearer, Klinsmann & Sheringham, it was a moment of epiphany that showed Kane had come of age and showed the world that he was a superstar in the making.

Erik Lamela vs Asteras Tripolis

The legendary Rabona goal left us with an ever-lasting memory from an otherwise meaningless game. He received the ball from 20 yards out and then he performed a piece of skill that left everyone inside White Hart Lane and watching at home open-mouthed a what the Argentine had just done. Even if he doesn’t become the player we all wanted him to be at least our club record signing will leave something to remember him by.

Christian Eriksen vs Sheffield Utd

The goal that booked us the trip to Wembley. Eriksen had given us the ticket to the home of football putting us 2-0 ahead on aggregate, but then a comeback from Sheffield Utd threatened to make us all look like fools. But then very late on, as has become a habit this season, Kane played a perfect through ball for Eriksen who decided to let the ball run across him and check the shot back across goal. The confidence he must have had to just pass it into the net with that much pressure on him was just staggering, pure class.

Nacer Chadli vs QPR

The much–lauded 48 pass goal from our opening home game of the season showed patience, quality and efficiency. After a period of two minutes of passing the ball and making the Hoops round and round in circles with all 11 players contributing to it. It then turned when Eriksen played it to Lamela who let the ball run across his body and burst past 3 defenders and chip the ball up for Chadli who cushion headed the ball into the corner to round off a fine move.

Eric Dier vs West Ham

Everyone who remembers back to August an our opening game under Pochettino. After going down to 10 men after just 28 minutes, unlike before when we crumbled to pieces, we fought back and showed resiliency. Then in injury-time Kane slipped the ball through to young Eric Dier, on his Spurs debut, who started at CB but played almost the whole game at RB, beat the offside trap and took it round Adrian and slid it home into the net to send us delirious with delight, what a start to the season that was

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Tottenham Team Of The Season

Now, we know that this season hasn’t exactly been a vintage one, or even a good one. It was just average. Picking players for a Team of the Season wasn’t exactly difficult, considering that we have played the same starting eleven for the majority of the season. Seeing how we have performed this season, the Team of the Season is an interesting one. So here is my Team of the Season!

Hugo Lloris:

During the first half of the season, I firmly believed that Lloris was the best goalie in the league, and it was pretty hard to dispute that. He saved our skins on multiple occasions, putting in performances in goal that I had never seen by a Tottenham keeper probably ever and probably will ever see. He played as well as you could when you have Younes Kaboul and Federico Fazio in front of you. Sometimes the rumors of his departure have clouded over his fine season, but there is no doubt that he could stay on for another season and help Spurs to the Champions League.

Kyle Walker:

Walker is only in this side simply because the usual Spurs Right Back is going into Centre Back. Kyle hasn’t had the best of seasons, but he did well enough in his time in the side to remind fans why he is potentially one of the best in the country. His blistering pace still is a huge factor to his game, and I think it could be worth a try moving him up slightly to right wing, I mean it worked for bale didn’t it?

Jan Vertonghen:

We all know that Vertonghen can be a top class defender, and even one of the best in the league, but this season he wasn’t at his greatest. After a fantastic World Cup with Belgium, the man known affectionately as ‘SuperJan’ came back and played well alongside many Centre Back partners, which wasn’t exactly the best for him, as Fazio, Chiriches, Kaboul and Dier had all played alongside Vertonghen at least once, but once he found his stable partnership with Dier, both players played well, with Vertonghen playing his usual relaxed style. Next season, I look forward to seeing Vertonghen and Dier play together net season.

Eric Dier:

Coming in from Sporting Lisbon in the summer, he made the perfect start to his career by scoring a last minute winner against West Ham, and then scored in the 4-0 home win against QPR. Throughout the season, Dier progressed well, occasionally playing Right Back and Centre Back, and close to earning an England call up. If we continue to develop Dier and his partnership with Vertonghen, the we could potentially have a top class defensive partnership for the first time since the days of King and Dawson.

Danny Rose:

At the start of the season, I personally raised questions on whether we should even keep Rose, let alone play him. We had signed Ben Davies, why would we need another Left Back? Well, I was wrong wasn’t I? He has probably been one of the best performers for us in the entire season, bombing up the left hand side on multiple occasions, and playing one of the games of his life in the 2-1 win against Arsenal. If we managed to keep hold of him in the summer, then we have a good chance of having a great back line, and exciting Full Backs.

Ryan Mason:

If you have read any of my other pieces, you will know that I’m not exactly the biggest Ryan Mason fan. But regardless, Mason has played well on occasion in our midfield, and pretty much bossed the North London Derby as well as good performances in the Capital One Cup. His partnership with Nabil Bentaleb in the center of midfield has been one of the highlights of the season, as well as giving the fans a partnership that has developed from our youth system. I just hope that Mason can prove me wrong next season and be a superb player that wont divide opinion amongst our supports.

Nabil Bentaleb:

One of the stars of the season, Bentaleb has been superb from the start of the season, putting in controlling and tough performances, and earning a starting place in the Algerian National team. We all recognize his talent, and his ability to cut open defenses, but also the subtle way that he controls the game with his style. It really is refreshing to see a midfielder for Tottenham be happy with simple sitting in the midfield and not get carried away with the attacking side of the game.

Nacer Chadli:

When he started this season, he was another one of the signings from the previous season that left a lot of doubts in the minds of all of us. But this season, despite his consistency issues that I have mentioned many times, he has reached double figures in the goal charts. I have enjoyed his performances this season, and his fascination with Dolphins has been a great part of our season. Hopefully in his 3rd season of English football, he can be one of our most vital players.

Erik Lamela:

Another player who gets in for the simple fact he has played so much this season. I wouldn’t say I’m not a Lamela fan, but his whole season has been frustrating to say the least. You know that there is something special in the guy, but for whatever reason he never seems to play as well as you know he can. With Pochettino seeming like he wants to keep him, this should be enough to give Lamela some confidence, but lets wait and see shall we?

Christian Eriksen:

Now, it would be virtually impossible to make a Tottenham Team of the Season without Christian Eriksen in it. He made a name for himself with his late goals and fantastic free kicks. His brace against Sheffield United in the second leg of the Capital One cup was a great moment in the season for the club as it sent us to Wembley and spawned a hilarious song. He can sometimes be a victim of the consistency issue that plagues Chadli, but when Eriksen plays, he is one of the best in the league.

Harry Kane:

The hero of the season, simply put. He is one of our own, as the song goes, and the 31 goals in all competitions has put him as the hottest English player In the country. Kane has provided everyone with great moments in the season, whether it be his England debut, his brace against Chelsea or the amazing header against Arsenal, which caused me to turn to my girlfriend, pick her up and get hugged by some bald bloke behind me. Lets all hope that this season continues into next season, and maybe he could add a trophy to his Spurs career?

Season Review! Part One: The Results!

Premier League (5th)
P: 38
W: 19
D:7
L:12
Pts: 64
Capital One Cup: The Final
FA Cup: Fourth Round
Europa League: Round Of 32

Once again, this season can be looked upon as a transition season under the new management of Mauricio Pochettino, and the Argentine has had a decent first season at Spurs. Below I look back at all of our results from the 2014/15 season, use the numbers at the bottom to navigate.

August:

Life at Tottenham started off pretty well for new manager Mauricio Pochettino, dimmed a little by a 0-3 defeat to Liverpool at the end of the month, Pochettino’s first month in charge resulted in four wins and just one loss.

West Ham 0-1 Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino’s debut in the Spurs dugout was a successful one. Although Spurs were far from their best, and had their fair share of luck throughout the game, the Lilywhites still managed to pick up all three points at Upton Park.

West Ham missed a penalty in the first half as Kyle Naughton was sent off for handball on the line, but Eric Dier was the man of the moment as he rounded the keeper to slot the ball into the back of the net deep into stoppage time to claim a huge win over one of our London rivals.

AEL Limossol 1-2 Tottenham

Pochettino made it two wins in two in all competitions winning his first match in the Europa League as Spurs came from behind to win away at AEL Limossol in the first leg of the Europa League Qualifying round.

After falling behind early on in the piece, Roberto Soldado scored a wonderful volley followed by a goal from Harry Kane turned the tie on its head within six second half minutes as Spurs took a 2-1 lead back home.

Tottenham 4-0 QPR

Many call this one of the best performances of the season at Spurs as they brushed aside QPR at White Hart Lane. Eric Dier continued his dream start at Tottenham with his second goal in two Premier League games. Nacer Chadli netted a brace, and Emmanuel Adebayor managed to get himself on the scoresheet.

The third goal was the highlight for Spurs as they put together a fantastic 48 pass move before Erik Lamela cut the ball back before Nacer Chadli headed into the back of the net. Spurs were top of the table after two week as a result.

Tottenham 3-0 AEL Limossol (Agg: 5-1)

A convincing win at The Lane. What better way to prepare for a big clash with Liverpool the following Sunday. Harry Kane, Andros Townsend and a rare goal from Paulinho helped Tottenham to a 5-1 win aggregate win over AEL Limossol.

Despite missing an early first half penalty, Harry Kane bounced back to score the opener, and his second in as many games in the Europa League as Spurs progressed to the group stages of Europe’s secondary competition.

Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool

There was much optimism heading into the first big match of the season for Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham side. However, after a bright start in the first five minutes, Liverpool took the lead and went on to secure a 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane.

The performance was shambolic in places, and was incredibly frustrating to watch, as Pocehttino fell to his first defeat in the Tottenham hotseat. This is how the Premier League table stood after August.

August

September:

The honeymoon period for Pochettino was now over, and a disappointing month was to follow after a solid August. September had just one win in all competitions, but a North London derby win just eluded us, after we took the lead at the Emirates.

Sunderland 2-2 Tottenham:

Two goals right at the start of each half was not enough to take all three points back home at we drew 2-2 with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Nacer Chadli gave us an early lead before Adam Johnson hit back just a few minutes later.

Christian Eriksen fired us back into the lead three minutes into the second period, but a Sunderland free-kick unfortunately rebounded off Harry Kane and into the back of the net. It was a game that could have been won, and will be seen as two points dropped rather than a point gained.

Partizan Belgrade 0-0 Tottenham

This was a match that we should really be winning, whether we are home or away, regardless of the pitch or anything else, with the quality of the players at Spurs, we should be beating these sort of teams convincingly.

We failed to find a way through as Federico Fazio made his Tottenham debut, keeping a clean sheet in the progress. However, it was a disappointing European night for us.

Tottenham 0-1 West Brom

Despite having 62% of the ball, we still fell to a pretty crushing 0-1 defeat at home to West Brom, and rather surprisingly had more shots on goal than us as a winless September carried on.

James Morrison fired in a second half header to condemn us to defeat at White Hart Lane, and it was rather characteristic of Tottenham over the last few years, because at the time, West Brom were in huge trouble under the management of Alan Irvine.

Tottenham 3-1 Nottingham Forest

We came from behind to progress to the next round of the Capital One Cup, with a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest. Jorge Grant put the visitors into the lead before Ryan Mason, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane put us into the next round.

This game marked the emergence of young midfielder Ryan Mason, as he scored a wonderful thirty yard goal to put us level on the night. However, it was slightly worrying that it took a Forest goal to get us going.

Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham

This was the game that Nacer Chadli silenced the crowd in the Emirates Stadium, well almost silenced, as the cheers rang out from the away end when the Belgian fired Spurs into the lead in the North London derby.

Unfortunately, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would level things up as the first derby of the season ended in a draw, but we defended quite well as we comfortably dealt with the threat of the Arsenal attack. This is how the table stood after September.

September

Spurs’ Player Of The Season – The Contenders

For Spurs, 2014/15 has been a season of highs, lows, great moments and big changes and full of many players who’ve been extremely impressive some expected, whilst others have come from nowhere to be brilliant this season.

Only 5 made our shortlist for Player Of The Season so here are the contenders!

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Harry Kane

The Tottenham wonder boy has won the hearts of every Lilywhite fan all over the world. The lovable pin-up boy has emerged from the academy to deliver world-class showings against the best England has. His two goals and mauling of Terry & Cahill on New Year’s Day showed everyone that he is and will remain a class player. Then his brace to win the North London derby on his first ever appearance in the fixture was just fairytale stuff. Ended the season with 21 goals, the Premier League 2nd highest goalscorer, winning the PFA Young Player Of The Year award and winning his first England cap and the matter of scoring 79 seconds into his England debut too! Harry should be proud of everything he’s achieved cause we all are.

Hugo Lloris

The true Captain of White Hart Lane has once again shown his outstanding quality in nearly every match for Spurs in every competition, win/lose/draw. The number of saves that he can make that most keepers can only dream of pulling off has won us points on many occasions that it’s almost started to become a habit that if we’re struggling at the back, you know Hugo will be there to sweep up behind.

Christian Eriksen

The mercurial Dane has time and again been the architect of our team’s all-round play and has created many of our chances in most match this season. The other highlight of Eriksen is the amount of late winning goals he’s contributed to the side throughput the campaign, especially through the middle of the season. Last minute/winning goals in games against Southampton, Hull, Swansea, Leicester, Sunderland and the double in the Cup Semi-Final vs Sheffield Utd, all gfames that we struggled in, our No.23 showed his class to produce the magic we needed to come through in those fixtures.

Nacer Chadli

The Belgian was viewed at the start of the season as a man who would only be a bit part player and someone who maybe could even be sold. But his season has been very impressive and the attacking midfielder is now one of the first names on the team sheet. He made his intentions clear early on when he scored twice in our opening home game when we won 4-0 vs QPR and he continued that rich vein of goalscoring throughout this campaign ending as 2nd highest scorer in the Premier League.

Danny Rose

The most surprising inclusion on the list by far. The improvement of the much maligned LB has been nothing short of fantasy-style. Through a combination of a manager’s belief and competition for his position, Danny Rose has matured into one of the most solid and consistent defenders at the club. A year ago everyone wanted him sold, now it would be not good at all if he did go. He added goals more regularly to his game this season and his defending in all areas has been improved dramatically and Spurs fans at last feel confident in Rose to deliver good performances every week for Spurs.

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3 Key Players For Spurs To Beat Everton On Sunday

After a season filled with extraordinary highs and very downbeat lows, Spurs 2014/15 PL season draws to it’s conclusion as we travel one final time this season. Up to Goodison Park to face Everton. After breaking our barren run of form with victory in our last match against Hull City, Mauricio Pochettino will be aiming to end his first season in charge of the Lilywhites with victory, but he’ll need the influence of key players to achieve that.

Danny Rose – Someone who we couldn’t wait to tear into for his poor performances is no a player who we laud seemingly every week for his continued improvements. Easily our most consistent defender in the home stretch of games this season. His impressive MOTM display vs Hull cemented his status as No.1 LB at Spurs and the quality of his goal is very impressive for someone of his position. He’ll need to be at attacking and defensive best against the Toffees who possess great counter-attacks.

Nabil Bentaleb – The Algerian midfield engine has time and again bossed our midfield throughout this season. His maturity has been amazing as he has shown the presence to win tackles and break-up play, but he’s also proven he has qualities to contribute to the forwards and influence games. He’ll need to be at his best to hold off the likes of Mirallas and Lukaku on Sunday.

Erik Lamela – When all the others around him are mentally on holiday, it’s been the record signing who’s so struggled to impress, who has stepped up his game. His assist and overall display last week vs Hull was one of his best in a Spurs shirt and may have given him hope of maybe staying at White Hart Lane beyond the end of this season. He’ll have to keep up his improvement if we’re to collect all 3 points on Sunday.

 

What Has Happened To Our Club?

What has happened to our club? The club that everyone looked forward to watching, because we played such good football, the players we had were top class, and we even finished fourth. We were fantastic to watch, and we were easily the top side in North London, regardless of what the table may have said. That season where we had Bale, Modric, Parker and Van Der Vaart are times that I will never forget. But, as per usual, within a season, three of these stars were gone. How did we invest that transfer money? Moussa Dembele, who struggles to get into our side now, and Gylfi Sigurdsson, who left to go back to Swansea, that’s how. That left one superstar in our side, and he finally had a chance to show his ability.

And my, oh my, didn’t he show it. Under the guidance of Andre Villas Boas (who in hindsight shouldn’t have been sacked), Bale single handedly dragged us to fifth place, and was easily the best player in the league. So what did we do? What did we do to our only world-class player? We sold him to Real Madrid, who at the time was slowly becoming the club who stole our best players. We had become Madrid’s feeder club just a few years after we had faced them in the Quarter Final of the Champions League. Now, I will admit that at the time It helped fans to point the finger at someone to take the blame for the Bale sale, when in reality it would be difficult to turn down that sort of money for a player who didn’t want to stay, and even refused to play and train for the club. Levy, being the businessman he was, spent the Bale money before we had even got it. He knew we would be able to pay it all back. But whom did we spend it all on?

Oh yeah, we spent it on players who are awful and couldn’t kick a ball straight even if their life depended on it. The players who were brought in to the club aren’t good enough to play for Tottenham Hotspur. Yet, in all fairness, no one could have predicted how badly Soldado and Lamela have been, but despite that, the rest of them haven’t performed to the highest standard. We wasted £85 million on absolute rubbish, and with the exception of Christian Eriksen and maybe Nacer Chadli, none of them were good enough in their first season.

That brings us onto this season. Could these players prove themselves to be worth the money we paid for them? Well, no they haven’t, and if it wasn’t for Harry Kane, who we didn’t actually pay money for, we would be mid table at best, and that’s the worrying sign for Tottenham. Spurs bought all these players, sold their best players and the only one who has been keeping them going is a youth player who was sent out on loan about seven thousand times, and even he has gone quiet recently. Where has our attacking flair gone? It goes into the debate of whether you would want attacking football and not win, or be defensive yet win. At this moment in time, I dispel myself from the debate because team is boring but doesn’t win, and don’t play attacking football yet still lose.

When you look back to our previous teams and wonder what has happened, there is no point in placing the blame on a sole individual. It is more than one person’s fault for what has happened, but rather than blame people, why don’t we just support our team, and hope that the club get the transfer business right. The last time all Spurs fans were behind a manager was Martin Jol in 2008. 7 years of a split fan base cannot be healthy for any club. As I have said many times before, Tottenham Hotspur are the southern equivalent to Newcastle. We get good players and when they show that they can take the club in a positive direction, we sell them, and buy nobody’s and hope that one of them can be sold on for profit.

Yes, mistakes have been made, and the club could have done better, but as a fan base and as the loyal supporters we are, we need to show that no matter what happens, we are behind our team and not fly planes over the Lane or have a mass exodus of fans. Just a bummer seeing Modric and Bale lift the Champions League last season and we got stuck with Emmanuel Adebayor and Paulinho!

Dele Alli: Destined For Spurs Stardom

When Tottenham Hotspur signed MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli for £5million back in January, Spurs fans saw it as an extremely clever and shrewd piece of business. The 19-year-old then went back on loan with the League One side for the rest of this season to continue his development.

The teenager is prodigiously talented and looks destined for the top of the game, he ended the season in top form for MK Dons, with Alli helping them seal automatic promotion to the Championship with a final day victory against Yeovil Town. He ended the campaign with 16 goals and 11 assists.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will be hard pressed not to include him in his first-team squad as soon as he can which leads onto this, a question on many Spurs fans minds is: ‘Will Alli be a major part of our squad next season?’ My answer to that would be, yes he will be.

He’s proven in the lower leagues that he can be a complete midfielder, a true box-to-box midfielder, someone who can defend efficiently and then make the instant transition into attack and set up a goalscoring move.

In recent seasons we’ve brought players like Paulinho and Dembele who were supposed to be that player but neither has looked anything like the player who we believed them to be. That’s where Alli comes key in our squad. He has shown to be a very good tackler, despite his young age and has speed and physical strength in an attack and when he gets to the final third he either goes for goal or lays it off for his striker, unlike Paulinho/Dembele who would pass sidewards or backwards.

On top of all that he also presses high up and wins the ball upfield which is the definition of what Poch wants from his whole team so Alli should have no difficulty in adapting to the system at Spurs. He’s a fantastic athlete, already at a young age with no limits seemingly, who’s technical ability allows him to create chances for himself and his team-mates. Spurs fans should be very excited for what Alli can bring to the Lilywhites in 2015/16.

Does Ryan Mason Deserve A Starting Place In The Tottenham Side?

Does Ryan Mason deserve to keep his place in the starting eleven for Tottenham? Many different views from many different people, none are wrong of course, but everyone has their opinion. My opinion is that over the course of the season, he hasn’t exactly showed that he deserves to be in the midfield. Don’t get me wrong, he isn’t a bad player, he is a good young player.

But Tottenham need a fully developed player, not someone who could take a few years to blossom. Someone like Morgan Schneiderlin, who has shown on many occasions this season that he is the type of player that many teams need. A player who can protect the back four, break up play and allow the attackers to attack. Nemanja Matic is the proof of how a strong defensive midfielder can improve a team. Now, I’m not comparing Mason to Matic, but to Schneiderlin who Spurs could have and should have signed in the summer, he isn’t what is needed.

It is nice to see a youth player finally make an impact in the Spurs side, and alongside Harry Kane, he has become a first team regular due to his fire, desire, determination and love for the club. But fire, desire and a love for the club shouldn’t mean he gets an automatic place in the side. I love Oasis, and I love Metallica, but that alone doesn’t mean that I should replace Noel Gallagher or Kirk Hammet. I have to be better than them, and a lot of other people, to get their place and the same applies to Ryan Mason. He may be a ‘Spurs Boy’ but that doesn’t mean he is better than someone else.

Paulinho has played better than him whenever he’s made an appearance lately, and even managed to grab a Man of the Match award. Does that mean he should play ahead of Mason? When football is judged on talent, then yes it does mean that he should play ahead of him.

I don’t want to come across as if I’m criticising Mason for not having talent, he is talented. I first saw him last season whilst he was on loan at Swindon Town playing midfield against Tranmere Rovers in League One. He was clearly miles ahead of everyone on that pitch and made me proud to say ‘that lad plays for Tottenham’. He clearly had talent then and has it now. Another example is the North London Derby at White Hart Lane this season. Anyone who has read any of my other pieces about Spurs knows how this game was probably the best part of the season for me. Harry Kane got the headlines, but Ryan Mason was the one who controlled the game.

Against the likes of World Cup winners Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil, Mason showed them how football was meant to be played and was fantastic from the first whistle to last. But that was the last time I remember being impressed by Mason for a whole game. The talent is there, but at what level? Is it too much too soon for a player who was playing League One football last year and then made his full Spurs debut away at Arsenal?

What lies in stall for Ryan Mason? It’s not like he is getting sold any time soon, but could lose his place if someone new is bought. Rumours linking Spurs with Schneiderlin, who many see as the first piece of the Pochettino jigsaw, could see Mason dropped to the bench. Whilst it is nice seeing a product of the Spurs youth getting a first team place, it would be nicer to see a player come in and bring some level of success to the team, whether he is youth or bought because ultimately, in the words of the great Bill Nicholson, the game is about glory and if a player brings the club glory, then that is all that matters. Rather fittingly considering the debate that English football is having at the moment, Mason may be entertaining for some fans, but eventually the entertainment must evaporate when the club doesn’t win anything?

But ultimately it comes down to whether Ryan Mason is good enough for a club who needs and demands success when he isn’t looking like giving them success.