Debutant Ball At Spurs, As Two New Signings Make Their Mark
DeAndre Yedlin finally completed his move to Spurs, and Arrived in style
As Spurs entered the new year, welcoming Leicester to White Hart Lane, nobody was expecting the surprise that Pochettino sprung on his fans. New boy De Andre Yedlin was on the bench, a move which surprised nobody, as he finally completed his long-awaited transfer to London. What was surprising though, was his companion on the bench: 16 year old Norwegian starlet, Martin Odegaard.
As fans all around White Hart Lane noticed his name on the teamsheet, they were taken aback - Their club had landed the hottest property in World football, and hadn't announced it!
On the touchline, Pochettino was grinning to himself. The opposing team were shooting nervous glances at each other, as the atmosphere intensified around the Stadium, and the referee blew for kick-off.
It didn't take long for Spurs to capitalise on the energy washing over them from the stands, as Danny Rose lofted a gorgeous ball over to top to Roberto Soldado, who hammered home for 1-0 - 6 minutes in, and Spurs looked comfortable already.
Less than 20 minutes later, the visitors were even further on the back foot. Spurs' passing had been fast and slick, and Christian Eriksen capitalised on a missed interception on the edge of the area to fire home a snapshot and double his side's lead. 2-0, and the visitors were glad to see the tie to half-time with the deficit still the same.
After the break, there was no rest for the Leicester defence, as Nacer Chadli made his own luck, bombing down the left wing before cutting inside, and stroking the ball past Kasper Schmeichel in the visiting goal. In front of his own fans, Chadli celebrated wildly - he had really shown his credentials throughout this match, and that goal would be giving his manager food for thought.
Just after the hour mark, White Hart Lane cranked the volume even higher, as Odegaard and Yedlin started warming up. Walker and Townsend were the two to make way for the new signings, and the new boys didn't dissapoint - Yedlin's pace tore the defence apart, and he rolled the ball across goal for Odegaard to fire home 7 minutes from time. Was this a glimpse of a new, assured Spurs side? Or just some clever marketing from Pochettino?
Full Time: Tottenham 4-0 Leicester