Everybody put in a hell of a shift today against Cardiff, not an easy place to go but at times we looked tremendous.
Their keeper played a blinder, Soldado actually had a decent game, his moment was good and he has the ability to turn a half-chance into something more than that.
Lamela came on and looks bright, Eriksen still looks as though he is going to be very special. Everyone had a role to play and did so well enough at a tough ground. Let’s not forget we still have Lennon, Rose, Chadli and Capoue to come back yet, depth in the squad means that with injuries we can still put out a very strong side.
Now moving on to who I love to watch and who won’t get much of a mention because he only played 5 mins. Lewis Holtby, his vision and ability to pick out a pass is superb, the other night when he put that ball through to Defoe made me just love him even more. Holtby said we wouldn’t see the best of him until this season and we are, just a shame it’s only for the odd few mins in the Prem. Holtby came on in the 87th min and then put a ball through to Paulinho for our most clear-cut chance of the match. Holtby then played a hand in the winning goal, he spread the ball out wide to Lamela who then expertly crossed for Paulinho to finish.
I just hope Holtby doesn’t spend too much time on the bench, he is good enough to be rotated and get his fair share of matches in the league, his vision and passing ability is at a high level. I would hate to see him left on the bench to the point where he wants to leave because trust me, our loss will be someone else’s massive gain. I am guessing Holtby will start against Villa in the cup and then no matter how well he plays he will be back on the bench against Chelsea.
Final point. What was up with Defoe, I heard he was just left out of the squad in favour of Kane, could it be because he defied AVB by standing up for Adebayor in the week?
Good win today, good performance, still solid at the back.