Now that the dust has settled over the end of the season and us Spurs fans have begun to accept our fate, I will go through my favourite parts of this season. They won’t be the usual Signings, Players etc. but will include a slight twist. This piece will include The Best Goals Scored, The Best Goal Conceded (Yes, there is one) & The Best Celebrations.
Without further ado, let me begin:
Best Goals Scored:
5. Gareth Bale versus Southampton – A stunning goal very late on in a must win game. The superstar comes up with another brace against his former side.
4. Mousa Dembele versus Lyon – Spurs were seemingly heading out of the Europa League in the Round of 32 until our Belgian midfielder pulled the trigger in the 90th minute. Stunner.
3. Emmanuel Adebayor versus Chelsea – At 1-0 down, Adebayor ran from the edge of our box to the edge of Chelsea’s and curled an effort over Petr Cech and under the crossbar. A great way to hit back at his many critics.
2. Gareth Bale versus West Ham – For 98% of fans I asked, this is their number one goal. A bullet from 25 yard into the top corner of Jussi Jaskelainen’s goal in the finals minutes of a London Derby to win 3-2.
1. My favourite goal this year is Gareth Bale’s versus Sunderland. The final day of the season and Spurs seemed to have thrown it away without the requirement of any favours until the Welshman, once again, took aim from at least 25 yards out and curled a peach into the top right corner of a helpless Simon Mignolet’s net. A shame it wasn’t to goal to take us into the Champions League.
Best Goal Conceded:
I am sure everyone knows what goal I am referring to here and I’m afraid this 19 year old’s goal at White Hart Lane cannot escape mention. With Spurs 1-0 up and seemingly in control at home to Olympique Lyonnais in the Round of 32 of the Europa League, a certain teenager took aim from the corner of our penalty box to lash home a stunning shot into the top corner of Brad Friedel’s net. The name is Samuel Umtiti. The fans behind the goal that night (including myself) were shocked and I could only applaud the brilliant connection the guy had struck the ball with. A certain Lewis Holtby said, “Their goal was incredible. I bet he never scores that goal again. Maybe in training but never in a match.” With Benoit Assou-Ekotto facing criticism, it won’t be a surprise to see Levy chasing the young left-back for his signature. I for one wouldn’t mind him. Seems a good little player from what I’ve heard.
5. Gareth Bale versus Southampton – A stunning last minute goal (as mentioned above) resulted in Gareth sliding on his knees and performing his usual heart celebration despite saying he wouldn’t celebrate versus his former side. Guess the occasion got to him. Not sure a man who wants to leave, does it?
4. Adebayor versus Chelsea – Another superb goal (also mentioned above). The highly criticised striker scored a peach and then ran with Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Lewis Holtby to celebrate, all arms around each other. The celebration simply marked the unity and spirit of the entire team and how Villas-Boas has the squad gelled together so well.
3. Gareth Bale versus Sunderland – The goal I chose as my favourite only gets 3rd place in terms of celebrations. After Gareth sublimely beat Mignolet, he ran to the same corner flag as he did for his goals versus Southampton and Manchester City and jumped miles into the air and landed back with attitude. His expression after the goal could easily be compared to a gangster attempting to start a fight (“You what?!”)
2. Aaron Lennon versus Arsenal – After Bale and Lennon put us 2-0 up at home to our North London rivals, Aaron ran to the crowd in the corner of the East and South stands and jumped into the arms of Scott Parker, quickly followed by Gareth Bale and a slide from Emmanuel Adebayor. A joyous day marked by two very simple goals and some grit and determination from the lads.
1. Gareth Bale versus West Ham – I’m sure that this one goes straight to the top of every Tottenham fan’s list. After Bale scored a screamer to win the game, our number 11 ran to the touchline where he embraced manager, Andre Villas Boas, both who were joined in the huddle by the whole bench, coaching staff and the rest of the players. A superb goal, superb night and superb unity and character shown from the Lilywhites.
I hope for many more moments like these next year and hope that my selection for this very piece next year is even more difficult. I would love to see Gareth’s name appear as many times next year as it did this. What a lad, what a player, what a superstar! He Was Born To Play For Spurs!