Rewind back to September, and one of the biggest problems facing Tottenham was fatigue after a hectic summer for some of their players.
Of course, this maybe wasn’t the biggest concern to some fans, particularly after their infamous transfer window, but it was undeniably apparent that some of Spurs’ biggest stars looked tired.
This was evident in the results at the early stages of the season; a lead squandered against Watford in the final stages of the game, the exact same scenario against Inter Milan at the San Siro a few weeks later, and a late equaliser by PSV.
These performances may have ultimately cost Tottenham in the Champions League, although they do have a modicum of a chance to qualify from their group.
However, what must be encouraging for many fans is the apparent rejuvenation amongst The Lilywhites. Harry Kane, who looked slow and lethargic at the beginning of the season, is finding the net more and more often. The same can be said for Son Heung-min. This will be hugely encouraging for Mauricio Pochettino, as a number of players are also returning from injury.
It sounds bizarre, but an injury may have been beneficial for Jan Vertonghen and Kieran Trippier, who both had intense World Cups with Belgium and England- although Vertonghen’s performance against Arsenal suggests otherwise. It gave them a chance to rest, and they may come back stronger.
A number of key men for Tottenham seem to be hitting their straps now, and with seven games before the end of the year in all competitions, this is the perfect time.