The 2-0 victory over Wolves yesterday wasn’t the only positive to celebrate, as Tottenham went about their business with a resounding sense of joy scarcely seen this season.
While it wasn’t Tottenham’s most convincing performance, the home side still breezed through the 90 minutes relatively untroubled. Ryan Mason’s side came out of the gates slowly, struggling to take control of a match that was there for the taking.
But there was a different, more lighthearted perception about the way Spurs acquitted themselves. Spurs played loose, free and unconstrained. And even though they didn’t play their best stuff in the first 45 minutes, it never, aside from an unending threat posed by Adama Traoré, felt like the result was in doubt.
The lads are enjoying their football once again, something that was clearly missing from Jose’s tenure. Unafraid to make a mistake or face the reprisal of repudiating the Special One’s rigid instructions, individuals yesterday were contrastingly relaxed on the ball, appearing to actually enjoy plying their trade.
Tottenham certainly haven’t had it all their own way since Jose left the club. Far from it. Mason’s Spurs have won three and lost two since he took charge of the club on an interim basis.
Results haven’t completely gone Tottenham’s way in the aftermath of Jose, but there’s a palpable new, refreshingly positive aura about the side, an encouraging exuberance spreading throughout the squad. Confidence is returning to a number of individuals ostracized by Jose, one of whom setting his sights on a return to the rarified air of superstardom.