Looking ahead to November

On Friday night one of Tottenham’s records was under threat as Bayern Munich took on Eintracht Frankfurt. If Bayern had won they would have equalled the Spurs double winning sides’ record of 11 straight wins at the start of the season. No club from any of Europe’s top 5 leagues have equalled that record and on Friday, Bayern fell short, only managing a 0-0 draw. And talking of runs, Spurs are looking to extend their unbeaten run this season to 10 games as they take on Aston Villa at the Lane tonight.

That in itself is no mean feat especially as we are somewhat under the radar at the moment. Most of the attention of the nations’ press and Murdoch’s biased TV coverage has been focused on Chelsea’s troubles, Liverpool’s new messiah and Wayne Rooney’s inability to score. They can’t even point at Kane’s lacklustre start anymore following the hat-trick at Bournemouth last week. A hat-trick that Spurs and Harry needed. It’s often looked this season as though he was trying too hard. Perhaps now he can relax and more goals will come.

 

In that 10 game run we have drawn 5 of the games and with an on form Harry, we would probably have won some of them but lets not forget, he did not score the first of his 21 Premier League goals last season until the 2nd November against guess who – yep , Aston Villa.

 

This will be the second time this season that we play a team a game after sacking their manager having held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw a fortnight ago. That was one of the draws that saw kane miss opportunities he surely would have buried last season but this lack of goals from our striker is not entirely indicative of him being out of form. His role this season seems to be different as he is playing deeper and hoping to bring others into the game. Eriksen, Son and an improving Lamela. Such a pity that Son picked up an injury just as he was showing what he offers our attacking options. The loss of Chadli in that emphatic defeat of Manchester City is also an issue for our attacking options as was shown in a lacklustre performance against Anderlecht.

 

That game also showed that some of the defensive frailties of recent years are still there and that we have to work on that side of our game despite having one of the best defensive records in English football at the moment. Much of that has to be down to the way Toby Aldewiereld and Jan Vertonghen have formed a partnership at the back protected by the protective shield provided by Eric Dier.

 

Dier was a player I was concerned about being absent from the Liverpool game but up stepped Moussa Dembele who stepped into the role and had what I considered to be his best performance for the club. It’s nice to know that we have options in that area and indeed in many others as well. The only place where I think we are all agreed we lack a backup is in Harry Kane’s position and hopefully the Transfer committee have already worked on a target for the January Window.

 

Following Villa we look to make amends against Anderlecht at home and the tricky run of 3 London Derbies in the league. Arsenal, West Ham and Chelsea. With a trip to Azerbaijan just before the Chelsea game it’s going to be a tough month but an interesting one and by the end of it we should have a very good idea of how we compare to the rest, in what I think will be a very open league this season. There does not seem to be a standout side this season apart from perhaps Manchester City and we beat them 4-1. Could be a very good year to challenge for the Champions League places with Chelsea looking a bit lost at the moment.

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