Tottenham supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side’s 100% start to the Premier League season come to an end on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash at Watford having beaten Newcastle United, Fulham, and Manchester United in their opening three games, with their 3-0 success over the latter a particular highlight in a great start by the North Londoners. And an Abdoulaye Doucoure own goal gave them the lead at Vicarage Road on Saturday, only for Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart to both head past Michel Vorm to seal all three points for Javi Gracia’s Hornets, thus maintaining their 100% start to the campaign.
As such, there have been many disappointed Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by comments from ex-midfielder and now BBC pundit Jermaine Jenas, who has stated that Spurs seem unable to get a result when they are not at their best.
Yet the 21-times England international has got it totally wrong to suggest that the North Londoners are unable to win ugly, as they have proven already this term that they do indeed have that in their locker.
Ultimately, their performance at Old Trafford on Monday night in sweeping aside Manchester United was a statement of intent from the North Londoners, especially given the way they dealt with a bright start from the Red Devils to lay the foundations to run riot in the second period.
And one could argue that the win in the North West on Monday night was an example of Spurs showing the resilience needed to stay in the game before usurping control, as Pochettino’s side were outplayed by the Red Devils in the first half, and did well stave off Jose Mourinho’s men to get to half time level.
Yes, Spurs were absolutely brilliant in the second half at Old Trafford and thus deservedly clinched all three points, but their stubbornness and toughness in the first half, a half in which they were unable to get into the game in struggling to string passes together and create anything in the final third, was just as important in getting the result.
And in their opening two games of the campaign, in beating both Fulham and Newcastle, they showed those qualities as well, as they were far from their best in their opening day victory at St James’ Park, but still came away from a tough place with a 2-1 success.
And Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham had them worried at Wembley a few weeks ago in equalising early in the second half before seizing the initiative in the encounter, only for Pochettino’s men to stay in the game and eventually win 3-1 – thus, it’s clear that they can win ugly.
Yes, failing to kill-off a game did come back to haunt them against United in the FA Cup semi-final last year as well as their Champions League clash with Juventus in the last 16, as it did on Sunday, but to suggest that they struggle to win ugly seems harsh given they have done exactly that already this term – just because they were unable to manage it against Watford, a side that have now won their first four matches, doesn’t mean Spurs aren’t capable of doing so.
As such, Jenas is totally wrong to suggest that Spurs struggle to get a result when playing below their best, as they have done it on a few occasions already this season.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!