TWO OF the season’s most impressive sides clashed at Goodison Park on Sunday, but neither delivered on expectations.
At this stage you are looking for signs that a team is bang in form. Tottenham nor Everton would argue they were at their best in a 0-0 draw.
I anticipated more from Spurs, who looked blunt in attack. Roberto Soldado, a £26m summer signing from Valencia, has goals in him but is fairly restricted to one style and won’t out-pace defenders.
Tottenham are strong when they get down the flanks. Now that he is fit again, Aaron Lennon needs to be more influential, while right-back Kyle Walker could make more impact going forward.
Last year they had Gareth Bale to decide tight games; they need someone else to step up to the plate now. Record buy Erik Lamela has done nothing of note and while I like Paulinho he plays through the middle.
That said, they didn’t lose and are still where they would want to be in the table.
They were up against a good side, which Roberto Martinez deserves credit for crafting from a mixture of new players and David Moyes’s old team.
There is no need to panic for Tottenham. Their squad is excellent and strong in depth, and I don’t think Andre Villas-Boas’s tactics are too cautious. It’s just that, after a bright start fuelled by optimism and new signings, they need a second wind.