Christian Eriksen claimed his Tottenham ‘Spurs’ for his performances in Spurs two games played in May.
Since gaining a regular place in the Tottenham starting team last December, Christian Eriksen has displayed a remarkable level of consistency and his success in the HotspurHQ ‘Spurs’ awards for May, is the fourth time in five months that he has come out on top.
May provided two games of widely differing performances and results. Defeat at Upton Park with a poor, lethargic performace both individually and as a team was followed by a final day win over Aston Villa which, especially in the first half, produced a display as good as anything we’ve seen all season. Over those two games 5 players gained a mention in the top-3 voting but only Eriksen was recognised for his performance in both matches.
Christian Eriksen: 1stChristian Eriksen was ranked second in both games so even in defeat he was putting in a better performance than all but one other player. Against West Ham he was the one Tottenham player looking to create something and trying to cause West Ham problems. In a better team performance at home to Villa he was again instrumental in allowing Spurs to take control of the game and with his vision and passing, he was a constant threat to the visiting defenders.
Hugo Lloris and Paulinho: = 2ndLloris, like Eriksen, has had an outstanding season and been very consistent throughout. In the defeat at West Ham he saved Spurs from any further difficulties and with the central defenders struggling against the high ball played into the area, he took it upon himself to come and clear the danger by punching the ball away or catching it under pressure. The French international goalkeeper has performed exceptionally well and maintained his form even though there have been many changes in the Spurs back four and a great deal of uncertainty in their play this season.
Paulinho ended the season with the opening goal against Villa and playing in a more forward role, was a threat to the Villa defenders as he looked to get into the penalty area in support of Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane. After a disappointing display at Upton Park, Paulinho recovered to finish the season with a positive display.
An Honourable Mention
The two players who received an honourable mention were Vlad Chiriches and Sandro who were third in the games against West Ham and Villa respectively. It has been a difficult season for both players but Chiriches replaced the dismissed Younes Kaboul in the derby match and stuck to the task against a considerable aerial bombardment from West Ham and maintained a solid central partnership with Michael Dawson against Villa.
Sandro has played little in recent weeks and caused problems when airing his views in the press but on being recalled for the final game, he put in his usual total committed performance in central midfield which gave Paulinho the freedom to move forward and earn a ‘Man of the Match’ award.
My sincere thanks to everyone who has supported the HotspurHQ Polls through the season.
Your views, comments and input are greatly appreciated and I hope that you will continue to look out for the player polls next season once matches resume.
Watch Out For:
- In the coming weeks look out for the final post of the season on who has earned their Tottenham ‘Spurs’ for the Season and
- during the World Cup you will have the opportunity to vote on the England players’ performances in their games in Brazil, although unfortunately injury has deprived us of and Tottenham players to follow.