Tottenham’s last two league games have attracted headlines for different reasons: Failure to reach the Champions League, a fine win at Anfield and the return of Ledley King. In the midst of all this, our only major winter signing quietly went about his business.
Steven Pienaar seems to be a player who doesn’t attract too much fuss – preferring to let others take the headlines while going about his job. Thanks largely to injury, we haven’t really had a chance to see the player at his best, but in the games against Man City and Liverpool, there were glimpses of his capabilities.
Rather predictably, some Everton fans have asked whether Pienaar himself is happy with the move and there seems a chance that he may fit the Kranjcar role completely by spending most of his time on the bench. Whether you feel that Niko Kranjcar is a better player with a keener eye for goal seems irrelevant: Pienaar is here to stay while Niko is a certainty to move in the summer.
So is it too soon for a half term report on Steven Pienaar, or has he shown some of the qualities that made Harry so keen for his signature in January?