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By George Lacey
Monday, September 16, 2013
Tottenham blogger George Lacey looks back on Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Chris Hughton’s Canaries at White Hart Lane.
One thing’s for certain, Spurs aren’t going to go a season without scoring from open play - and Gylfi Sigurdsson may still have a part to play after the transfer overhaul as his double secured an easy three points for Spurs against Norwich.
Spurs’ most recent summer signing from Ajax, Denmark international Christian Eriksen, was given his debut by Andre Villas-Boas and the Dane’s man of the match performance left the home fans purring.
He started the game in his favoured position, in behind the striker, and was majestic throughout his debut before coming off with 20 minutes remaining and the game wrapped up.
With Nacer Chadli picking up a knock on international duty, Saturday’s game was also a chance for Sigurdsson - seemingly a forgotten man amidst the drama of the transfer window - to show why Tottenham paid around £9million for his services last summer, and he duly delivered.
Starting on the left wing, he linked up superbly with Eriksen for the opener in a free-flowing Tottenham move, and it was obvious that the Scandinavian pair were on the same wavelength from the first whistle.
Taking a delicate reverse pass from Eriksen on the edge of the box, the Iceland international took one touch out of his feet and curled the ball into the bottom right hand corner to give Spurs the lead with a classy finish.
Sigurdsson’s second of the afternoon was a simple tap-in at the far post after some good work again from Eriksen and the impressive Paulinho before he was denied his hat-trick as Norwich keeper John Ruddy pulled off a good save to stop his 25-yard effort.
It was a very professional display from Spurs in a game they dominated from the start, and Norwich had no answers for some of the silky football from the home team.
Furthermore, Villas-Boas recently stressed the importance of the strength in depth and competition for places.
A welcome conundrum I’m sure, he’ll be given another selection headache when Spurs return to Premier League action away at newly-promoted Cardiff City in the 4pm clash on Sunday.
Belgium recruit Chadli could well return to the side in the next game, but Sigurdsson has left a timely reminder to his boss that he won’t be giving up his fight for a first-team place any time soon.
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