Well that’s one way to bring in the New Year! Tottenham Hotspur crushed Watford 4-1 on New Years day to move to at worst 4th on the table. The goal scorers for Tottenham were Harry Kane (27’,33’) and Dele (41’,46’.) The goal scorer for Watford was none other then ex-Spur Younes Kaboul (90+’).
The game went Spurs’ way from the very beginning as they had chance after chance in the first half. Early in the game there was a no call on what should have been a penalty after Capoue deflected a Eriksen shot with his hand. This would be one of the only bitter moments for Spurs this game as they kept the shots going. The first goal came from Harry Kane and was assisted by Kieran Trippier. While impressive from both of them, a lot of the credit for the goal can be given to Watford being totally asleep. A few minutes later the two linked up again for Harry’s brace which was the better of the two goals. The first half got even better for Spurs with a Dele goal in the 41st minute.
The second half was almost just as dominant by spurs as Dele scored his second goal just one minute into the half. Spurs kept up the pressure the rest of the game but weren't able to get a fifth goal. Watford however were able to get a small consolation goal in extra time as Younes Kaboul netted a deflection from Hugo Lloris right on the line. Kane, Dele and Danny Rose were all subbed off in the second half, presumably to get some rest for our match against league-leading Chelsea on Wednesday. Janssen, Harry Winks and Ben Davies replaced them and played fine in the limited time they were on the pitch.
It’s hard to have any takeaways from a game like this, as Watford barely showed up and aren’t all that great competition to begin with. The defensive concerns with Trippier are very real, but as a backup he does provide some utility off the bench. Son had a bad game today, missing quite a few chances and misplacing some key passes. He was visibly upset most of the second half as he whiffed on a couple of shots. Hopefully he doesn't let his performance get to his head. Toby Alderweireld had a great game after being injured/sick for the past few weeks. Toby, Kevin Wimmer and Eric Dier made up a three man backline which worked great this game. It’s yet to be seen if this will work against better competition, like Chelsea whom employ the same tactic and whom we face this Wednesday at White Hart Lane.
So was this a promising result, or is it too hard to say against competition that was so obviously unprepared to play?