For most supporters, watching different players makes our own adrenalin run at different speeds. All players take to the field with a job to do. Some jobs are not quite as exciting as others. Watching Dier do his job rarely gets my adrenalin running no matter how good he is. But that is to be expected because his job generally keeps him away from the exciting part of the park, the opposition goalmouth.
But, at the moment, there are quite a few players in our team that increase my adrenalin flow when they receive the ball. It’s because I know what they are capable of and I expect something to happen.
When Kane gets the ball anywhere within range of the opposition goal I’m always anticipating a goal.
When Son, Moura, or Lamela attack a defence at pace and drive toward goal I’m expecting something magical.
When Dele is making a run through the middle I’m expecting something outrageous.
When Eriksen or Winks are moving forward in space I’m expecting a defence splitting pass.
And when the team break at speed, as they did against Chelsea, I’m expecting poetry in motion.
My expectations have also increased when Sissoko gets the ball …. I didn’t see that coming!
Okay, I expect a lot. But the thing is, they all create excitement and get the adrenalin running. It can’t be good for the heart!
Our defensive players can make amazing blocks or tackles, but it’s not quite the same. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not taking anything away from the value of their contribution or how good they are.
It was great to see our pressing game return against Chelsea. I was amazed to see the lads sustain the pressure until the final whistle, especially after such a fast and furious start. It was a performance that, to my mind, equalled anything we’ve produced over the last few seasons. The stand-out player to me was Son. I don’t think any other PL player has more energy than him (maybe Lamela?). He did nothing wrong and, with a bit of luck, could have had a hat-trick. Surely, nobody enjoys playing for Spurs more than him. It would take plastic surgery to remove the smile he wears before, during, and after the games.
After Arsenal we seem to have a string of (on paper) very winnable games. So, for many reasons, that is a game that should really get our adrenalin flowing.
What, I wonder, gets your adrenalin flowing faster?