Tottenham Hotspur cruised to a 4-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday – scoring all of their goals in the first half – and it was no surprise that their performance garnered some praise from pundits, including former Arsenal man Paul Merson in his latest Sky Sports column.
Tottenham made Crystal Palace look average.
They looked a proper team and as soon as the first whistle blew, they meant business. They rolled the ball back to the centre-half, the lumped it forward and Winks put it over the bar within 10 seconds.
The fans didn’t have to wait. They took the game to Palace, and they didn’t know what day it was.
He may be a former Gunner, but it is clear that the one-time England international was impressed with what he saw from Spurs – and rightly so.
Their previous home defeat against Newcastle United proved that the visit of Crystal Palace – who beat the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Wolves away last season – was a potential banana skin, but as Merson says the hosts were at it from the very first whistle.
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When the north London outfit play with that intensity it is difficult for opposition teams to cope, and in that respect it is a bit of a mystery why they haven’t been playing in a similar vein throughout the campaign to date – Sky Sports reported last week how they had pressed fewer times than any other Premier League team prior to the clash against the Eagles.
What is for sure is that if Tottenham can keep that level of performance up for the next seven or eight months, they shouldn’t be too far away from potentially challenging for a top-two finish in 2020.