November was a disappointing month for Tottenham. Out of the doom and gloom of disappointing performances, results and pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas, Sandro has risen to the top of the HotspurHQ poll to earn his ‘Spurs’.
Nine players have earned a place in the HotspurHQ ‘Spurs’ awards for the month of November. Sandro has finished in top place having impressed under difficult circumstances throughout the month.
The HotspurHQ ‘Spurs’ awards take in the 5 matches this month, 3 in the League plus 2 Europa League games. After each match the readers of our blog have the opportunity to vote for the player who has been deserving of his ‘Spurs’. Nine 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.
Sandro – 1st
Sandro gained top spot for his commitment in the past month. He was second in the scoreless draw at Everton and took top place in the defeats to Newcastle United and Manchester City. Against Newcastle, he came on as a half-time substitute and with his enthusiasm and drive turned the Spurs performance from one which had been lacklustre to one where Newcastle were reliant on goalkeeper to take the three points. He was the one player against City who showed drive in a lost cause and kept going right to the end.
Sandro has shown his commitment both on and off the field in the past weeks. He was the player who spoke out after Spurs’ defeats against Newcastle and City and now has backed his manager who has come under pressure from the media. He was reported by the Daily Mail, insisting that the players were behind the manager.
Erik Lamela: =2nd
He knows we’re here. We have to play for him. we have to stay together in the bad moments.
Lamela was top choice for his display against FC Sheriff in the Europa League game at White Hart Lane. He had 95% of the poll with Christian Eriksen in second place. This was Lamela’s best game for Spurs, scoring his first goal and winning the penalty from which Jermain Defoe scored. Many had expected him to start the next game against Newcastle but that was kept until the City game where he took 2nd place in the poll.Jan Vertonghen: =2nd
Vertonghen earned his Spurs in the scoreless draw at Everton in 1st place and was second in the game against Newcastle. Even though he would prefer to be playing in central defence, Vertonghen has still contributed to the team from left-back as he stands in for the injured Danny Rose.
Others who received honourable mentions were Vlad Chiriches who topped the poll for his performance last week in Tromso with 47%. Mousa Dembele came second in that game and also picked up a mention for his performance against City when he came on as a second half substitute and made Spurs more competitive in midfield, as he attempted to stem the flow of City attacks. In that game the poll provided fans with the opportunity to select no-one as deserving their Spurs and 20% chose that option.
Gylfi Sigurdsson against Tromso, Kyle Walker against Newcastle and Hugo Lloris for his display and bravery at Everton were the other players who earned a mention during November.
December is a very busy month with one game played and another this evening. Keep voting and thanks to everyone who takes part in the polls – I greatly appreciate your support and interest. Enjoy the games during December. COYS!