Top of the table. Nine goals scored by six different players within a settled side. Maximum points from the first three games - the first time Spurs have ever achieved this in the Premier League. In fact, the last time Spurs opened a campaign with three wins, they went on to win the Double in the 1960/61 season. An omen perhaps?
Unsurprisingly, Harry Redknapp has poured cold water on that idea:
"Nine points is a great start for us, but I wouldn’t even compare ourselves to the ‘61 or ‘62 team. That was an amazing football team. They had Bill Nicholson as manager, Dave Mackay and Danny Blanchflower playing for them. Dave Mackay was like three men, not one. We’ve got some good players, but they had a great team and were fantastic. That was a special time in the club’s history, a long time ago. If we are anywhere as good as them, we’ll be okay."
The signs so far suggest that the 2009/2010 version might be somewhat more than OK. The demolition of Hull was followed by a good win at Upton Park, a happy hunting ground for Spurs in recent years. Two dreadful West Ham errors presented Defoe and Lennon with their goalscoring opportunities, but crucially both chances were put away with aplomb. Spurs are undoubtedly still a work in progress and while the table means little at this stage, it still doesn’t lie. With the so far unimpressive Birmingham up next, the dizzy heights of first place may well be enjoyed for at least another week.
There is still a week to go of the transfer window, but Redknapp has indicated that the rumors concerning the signing of David James are just that. Arguably, the injury picked up by Gomes in the Hull game may prove to be a blessing in disguise, if it allows the more reliable Cudicini to get an extended run in the side. The manager is running the rule over the Celtic duo of Aiden McGeady and Scott Brown, and is apparently also looking at Osman Chavez. The 25 year old defender has been recommended by his fellow Honduran, Wilson Palacios, and if Chavez is half as good a player as his compatriot, he would be another worthwhile acquisition. There is also still time for Jenas and Bentley to be offloaded, perhaps as a job lot to Aston Villa. Few of the fans would be sorry to see the back of either player, particularly Bentley, who both on and off the field has proved to be a sorry individual.
Most of the derision from the home fans on Sunday was, of course, reserved for Jermain Defoe, who now sits atop the scoring charts. By contrast, Harry Redknapp took a generous view of Defoe’s and his own former employers, describing West Ham "as a great club with great support". In marked contrast to Benitez’s moaning a week ago, Gianfranco Zola continued the lovefest, stating that "in my opinion they [Spurs] are as good as the top four and they will certainly be competing with them until the end of the season."
Let’s hope that the insightful Zola can read the future as well as he reads the game.