The Premier League season is well underway, and already it looks as if the world’s most talked about division is already shaping up to be a memorable one, even after just a handful of games have been played. What’s particularly pleasing is that there are no runaway leaders. Sure, there are some clubs such as Burnley, Everton and Luton who have so far been awful, but at the top of the table, only 3 points separate first from sixth place, which makes for a far more entertaining outlook.
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One pleasant surprise so far has been the performance of Tottenham, who have not only produced a much livelier version of themselves but have got the results to go with them. What’s truly curious about this situation is that it is difficult to credit the club with having much of a hand in getting it right. The hiring and firing of José Mourinho, Espírito Santo, and Antonio Conte suggested that this was a board determined to keep repeating the same mistakes. All three coaches were well known for playing a deep blocking, counterattack style and yet they didn’t look for different options in the market.
Spurs were repeatedly linked with Julian Nagelsmann and Arne Slot, who play in a marginally more flowing style, but the idea that the last name on the list was to be precisely the right answer, really did rather suggest that the appointment had been a prime example of luck over judgment. No matter what, the arrival of Ange Postecoglou feels like an incredibly good fit for all concerned.
The exit of Harry Kane was inevitable, and many fans including myself misjudged his devotion to endlessly racking up goals to take on Alan Shearer’s legendary record. It was clear Kane had given Tottenham endless opportunities to get their house in order and the thought of yet another rebuild was beyond the pale.
Ordinarily, the sale of such a colossal player would have spelled doom, but the playing style of Postecoglou doesn’t depend on superstars or talismanic-type players. The Aussie’s game is far more of a team effort, with the emphasis on reactive, front foot movement, hinged primarily on short balls, all played a some pace. Much like the type of football, one might see watching a 5-a-side game, for instance.
The results so far speak for themselves and Spurs are not just two points off the top of the table but already have a victory against Manchester United under their belt. How we’re set up now is no better reflected than in the acquisition of Brennan Johnson from Nottingham Forest. The 22-year-old isn’t an attempt to fill Harry Kane’s shoes, but an attacker who is liable to offer a more versatile threat to our play, much in a similar vein to what Maddison and Bissouma provide currently.
Early days of course, but one wouldn’t rule Spurs out of a European place this season.