For the second time in three months Hugo Lloris has come top of the HotspurHQ poll to win his Tottenham ‘Spurs’ for the month of February.Tottenham played 6 matches during February, 4 in the Premier League plus the two Europa League games against FC Dnipro. The HotspurHQ ‘Spurs’ award for last month record the votes by readers for the player who is 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.
Goalkeepers Top HotspurHQ Awards
In 4 of those matches it was the Tottenham goalkeeper who came top in the poll, as Man of the Match. Lloris achieved that recognition in the home game against Everton and in the matches at Newcastle and Norwich. Brad Friedel has made only one appearance since December but in the single goal defeat in Ukraine he earned top billing with a number of important saves before being beaten by a late penalty.
1st Hugo Lloris
Although Tottenham defeated Everton and Newcastle, it was the saves of Lloris which kept Spurs in the game. He made a number of outstanding saves in both matches to earn himself the readers’ award. The early saves, before Spurs had scored, ensured that Tottenham were able to go on and win the match as a goal conceded early in the game could have chafed completed the course of the match. Lloris was also named as top performer in the defeat at Norwich which dealt a major blow to tottenham’s hopes for a top-4 finish.
2nd Emmanuel Adebayor
Adebayor has maintained the form since being brought back into the team by Tim Sherwood. In February he scored the winning goal against Everton, only his second Premier League goal at White Hart Lane since January, 2013 which was also against the Goodson Park club. He also scored two at Newcastle and in the home win against Dnipro. Adebayor is showing a desire to work and be an influence on the team and while he didn’t score at Hull, he was the main man and the one most likely to create something for Spurs.
3rd Christian Eriksen/Paulinho
Eriksen was omitted from the starting line-up for the three games in the middle of February. He played at Hull and against Everton but was restored to the team for the home game in the Europa League. He had come on as a substitute in Ukraine and scored a disallowed ‘goal’ with his first touch. For that match he finished third in the poll but was the top performer in the home leg at White Hart Lane with the first goal and an ‘assist’ for Adebayor’s first goal.
Paulinho finished second in the poll on two occasions in the draw at Hull when he scored the equalising goal in his first game back in the team and for his performance in Ukraine against Dnipro.
Mousa Dembele finished 3rd in the vote for 3 games – at Hull, against Everton and at Newcastle.
Aaron Lennon was second in the defeat at Norwich.
Nabil Bentaleb was second in the game at Newcastle where he played further forward and had a very energetic and influential game, constantly harrying the home players.
Younes Kaboul and Sandro who have struggled with injury this season finished third in the polls for the win at Newcastle and the home europa League game respectively.
The outcome of the HotspurHQ poll for February is an indicator of the type of season Spurs are having. They won 3 of the games, had an away draw and two defeats but with Lloris coming top in two of the games they won, including the 4 goal success at Newcastle, it shows that even in victory Tottenham have not imposed themselves on the game and had it not been for the goalkeeper’s intervention, the win could easily have been a loss.
Thank you for once again providing your thoughts on the players’ contribution in each game. Your votes are important and provide an indication of the general feeling of Tottenham supporters around the world.
Look out for future polls which are posted on the morning after the game, to give you time to reflect on the match rather than an instant view which is so often influenced by the outcome of the game.