Tottenham v Norwich Match Review: Deadline Day Tonic

  
After an inactive January transfer window that left many fans disappointed, Tottenham provided the perfect tonic for their fans. Many felt the lack of reinforcements was a huge mistake, and would cost us a chance for a spectacular finish. Potential deals for Saido Berahino and Fulham’s Moussa Dembele fell through, leaving us with Harry Kane as our only true forward. This left a lot of people angry, but the Tottenham squad responded in emphatic fashion, putting 3 past hapless Norwich to ease the fears of the understandably anxious fan base.

The boys in Lilywhite couldn’t have quelled these fears quicker at Carrow Road, as golden boy Dele Alli scooped up his 7th of the season (equalling a certain Jack Wilshere’s career tally) after Eriksen’s shot was parried by Declan Rudd in the first few minutes of the game. Norwich were unable to cope with Tottenham’s quick start, and the chances quickly racked up. Alderweireld, Kane and Eriksen all went close, but it wasn’t until the 30th minute that Spurs consolidated their lead.  

Summer signings Dele Alli and Kevin Wimmer celebrate Alli’s early opener

Kane span on the edge of the box, before hitting a left footed drive. The shot was again saved by Rudd, and again fell to a Tottenham player. This time to the lurking Dele Alli, who was upended by former Spur Sebastian Bassong before he could get the ball under control. A penalty was duly awarded, and Kane duly stepped up to slot the ball home and take the game away from the Canaries.

 

Kane celebrates his first of the night

There was a change at half time as Alli was withdrawn for Nacer Chadli apparently due to illness. Without the young maverick Tottenham lost a little of the control they had enjoyed in the first half and Norwich were able to make some in roads. However, they rarely troubled the Spurs centre-halfs, with full debutant Kevin Wimmer looking incredibly assured in place of the injured Jan Vertonghen.

It wasn’t until the final moments when the excellent Christian Eriksen poked through for Harry Kane who jogged through to finish comfortably on his left foot past Declan Rudd for his second of the game and his 18th of the season.  

Kane has now scored 15 in 24 League matches

This result took us above Arsenal and kept our top four hopes and titles hopes alive. More importantly however it restored some of the faith that a number of fans had last after an inactive January transfer window. The lack of reinforcements left many question the ambition of club, as the right signing would have been a signal of intent. However, the club opted against adding any new bodies, with coach Pochettino keeping unerring faith this special group of young players. Gone are the days of signings being made for the sake of signings. You have to be certain type of player to play for Pochettino’s Tottenham, and if there were no players that fit us so be it. 

Against Norwich, the lads have emphatically proven that we have a group of young, hungry players, who have full confidence in their ability to produce the kind of season we’ve all dreamed of.

 
Written by Josh Smith

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