Ten players have earned a place in the HotspurHQ Tottenham ‘Spurs’ awards for the month of September. Lewis Holtby has earned top place being recognised for his performances in three of Tottenham’s five games during the month.The HotspurHQ awards started in mid-September, after the international break and since then Spurs have played five matches – three in the Premier League and one each in the Europa League and Capital One Cup. After each match the readers of our blog have been able to vote for the player who has been deserving of his ‘Spurs’. Ten players have been placed in the top three on at least one occasion – the player with the highest % votes cast in each match receives 3 points, second gets two and 3rd claims 1 point.
Lewis Holtby – 1st
After five games, the player with the highest combined total of points is Lewis Holtby. Although not in Andre Villas-Boas’ first eleven for the Premier League matches, he has impressed in both the Europa League win over Tromso and the Cup success at Aston Villa, topping the poll for both matches. He also finished second in the win over Cardiff where having been introduced as a late substitute, he was involved in the build-up to Paulinho’s late equaliser. Holtby has shown total commitment in the matches he has played in, playing with an enthusiasm and enjoyment – and impressed with his work ethic and creativity. Against Tromso he set up Jermain Defoe for one of his two goals and had an assist for three of the goals in the Cup win at Villa. In the win over Villa he received the highest individual vote over the five games – 64%. With this level of contribution in the matches, Holby is pushing AVB for inclusion in all of his starting teams.
Christian Eriksen – 2ndIn his debut Christian Eriksen was an immediate ‘hit’. He topped the poll for the match against Norwich where he was involved in both goals and in the Europa League match where he scored his first goal for the club after coming on as a substitute, he was third. He also finished 3rd in the poll for the Cardiff match for his work and creative passing. In his first game he received 60% of the votes, the second highest individual score.
Sandro – 3rd
Like Holtby, Sandro is eager to reclaim his place in AVB’s starting line-up. Having recovered from injury he is working hard whenever he is given the opportunity to play. In both Cup matches he finished 2nd in the poll – totally committed in central midfield and all around the pitch. He never shirked a tackle or challenge and there was no indication from him that these matches didn’t matter – they were there to be won and he was going to give his all to achieve that goal.
Paulinho and Mousa Dembele topped the poll for the matches against Cardiff City and Chelsea respectively. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s two goals against Norwich and Hugo Lloris’ performance against Chelsea earned them second place in those games.
Honourable mentions for Danny Rose for his display against Norwich, Jermain Defoe for his two goals against Villa and Jan Vertonghen for the Chelsea game.
The next HotspurHQ Poll will be on Friday morning after the away match against Anzhi in the Europa League – have your say on who should earn his Tottenham ‘Spurs”.