Happy Monday to everyone, except for Jose Mourinho.
Well folks, just as things were starting to look optimistic ahead of the new season, Spurs do a Spurs.
I’m so bitterly disappointed with yesterday, I don’t quite know where to begin.
Right, let’s talk about it shall we?
As far as opening days go, I don’t think yesterday could have been much worse.
It was just so bleak from start to finish, and as rejuvenated as Everton looked, we didn’t help ourselves by being so downright dreadful.
That was Jose Mourinho’s first ever opening day defeat in the Premier League, and I can’t help but think that he was largely at fault for the result.
After an opening half hour of strong press, quick turnovers and a fair few chances, the decision to bring Dele Alli off for Moussa Sissoko at half-time changed the entire game. A truly woeful decision.
It’s the first time we’ve lost at home to Everton since 2008, and boy oh boy is there work to do to turn around our season already after just one game.
We can’t talk about yesterday without reviewing our new two signings in action, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg playing the full 90 and Matt Doherty getting 76 minutes under his belt.
I was largely pretty pleased with both of them. For the opening 30 minutes, Hojbjerg was excellent in winning back possession, and if only he had a more creative influence next to him to distribute the balls he was winning, we would have been laughing.
That being said, he quickly turned into an absolute wrecking-ball for the remainder of the game. It doesn’t take a genius to see he’ll be an absolute yellow card machine this year.
Doherty was also pretty solid. If not for that great save by Jordan Pickford, he would have found himself with a debut goal. But, it was clear he was knackered with his international duties clearly taking their toll.
Overall verdict: not too bad at all.
DANNY ROSE DILEMMA
Now this is the very definition of a tricky one.
We all have our opinions of him, but the situation surrounding the imminent exit of Danny Rose is somewhat hard to swallow.
It was reported today that the left-back wasn’t aware that he hadn’t been given a squad number ahead of the new season, with it also being revealed he has been training with the U23s throughout pre-season.
Regardless of the stuff that’s come out about Rose, he still remains our longest serving player, and a lack-lustre move to Genoa of all places isn’t how I imagined his 13 years at the club would end.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have seen that Spurs Women this week completed the signing of Alex Morgan until the end of the season.
The legendary USA Women’s captain and back-to-back World Cup-winning forward will take the number 13 shirt at the club, and becomes the fifth member of the world champions’ squad to sign for a WSL club this summer.
Do not under estimate how big a deal this is. Given it was just over a year ago when Spurs made their WSL debut, to now sign arguably the biggest female player of all time is an incredible move.
You did say you wanted a striker, right?
MINI LEAGUE MADNESS
It’s still not too late to join the Totally Tottenham Dream Team mini league.
Our league is looking healthy with 258 participants so far, and it was a great start over the weekend with Tim Laver sitting in first with 63 points!
To join the Totally Tottenham mini league, you can make your team here, then head to the league hub and enter PIN: SGJLEHFF to join!
Best of luck to everyone!