Spurs put a tough summer break – with no signings and Danny Rose’s dalliance with the media – behind them as they cruised to victory against 10 man Newcastle.
Under Mauricio Pochettino, fans have got used to slow starts to the season full of draws. His teams have tended to look lethargic and lacking in ideas in August, which has cost them dear. Not so here, although the sending off definitely made life easier.
Spurs created plenty of chances – 18 shots, 6 of which were on target.
With Walker gone, and Rose and Trippier injured, fullback looks like the squad’s weakness. The biggest surprise of the transfer window has been the failure to bring in a right back.
Step forward Kyle Walker-Peters – whose similarity in name to his predecessor created only slightly fewer derivative twitter jokes than Danny Rose’s google comments. The young right back had a very accomplished debut and was named Sky’s man of the match. Davies also played well, with a nice finish to seal the three points.
Newcastle clearly targeted Walker-Peters, attacking down Spurs’ right 49% of the time versus 15% down the centre and 36% down Spurs’ left. He coped admirably.
Spurs’ defence allowed only 6 shots, equal second best for the opening weekend.
Last season Eriksen’s form in the early part of the campaign was a real worry. He came good around Christmas to finish as one of our best performers. It was great to see him continuing his good form here. Along with Kane, he is probably the player we have the least cover for in our squad.
With the most shots (6, level with Kane), shots on target (3) and key passes (3), along with assists for both goals, Eriksen should probably have been named man of the match.
- Most curious stat of the weekend must go to Southampton vs Swansea. Despite Southampton having a league high 29 shots and Swansea a league low 4, the game finished 0-0. The south coast sides inability to hit the target (2 on target out of 29) may help explain things.
- Tony Pulis pulled off his usual trick, winning 1-0 against Bournemouth despite only 29% possession.
- Despite losing, Chelsea out-shot Burnley 19-10. Perhaps rumours of their demise are a little premature.
- In the battle of two interesting managers new to the Premier League, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace were 1st and 2nd for tackle numbers for the whole division (28 and 24 respectively). Sounds intense.
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