The impressive stat that sums up Tottenham’s controversial start to the season
Matchday five of the 2020/21 Premier League season came to a close on Monday evening.
All but two of the 20 top-flight sides have now played five matches – Aston Villa and Manchester City both have a game in hand on the rest of the teams.
And so far, Tottenham are the Premier League’s top scorers with 15 goals in five matches.
Jose Mourinho’s side are averaging three goals a game, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min scoring 12 of those 15.
It’s an impressive stat, but it also sums up Spurs’ frustrating start to the season.
Despite being top scorers, the Londoners sit eighth in the table – a whole five points behind early leaders Everton, who beat Tottenham on the opening weekend.
Home draws against Newcastle United and West Ham United have seen Spurs drop points, while conceding eight goals so far means their goal difference isn’t as positive as it should be.
However, it is possible to put a positive spin on things.
Tottenham have already clicked in attack and it could get even better once Gareth Bale finds his sharpness.
And surely – surely! – Spurs will have learned defensive lessons after Sunday’s late collapse.
If they can keep scoring and tighten up at the back, the sky is the limit.