Clint Dempsey had won over very few fans in the weeks following his deadline day transfer and some were even predicting a very short stay for the American international at White Hart Lane. Even after his goal at Old Trafford had sealed the first Spurs win on that ground since 1989, many were unconvinced.
Stats were thrown around claiming that the player covered more blades of grass during a game than anyone else but was endless running alone having any effect?
There seems to have been something of a turnaround in Clint’s performances and Saturday’s double strike against Coventry had earned him the Man of the Match award from fans voting on the club website. That made it four goals in seven – a far better return even if three had come against weaker opposition including a wicked deflection in the Reading game that even John Motson managed to spot eventually.
As for the player himself, Dempsey was confident enough to speak up about the club’s chances of challenging Manchester City for second place while at the same time, he was happy to talk up the improvement in his stats.
“My season is going OK. I’ve got six goals and I think five assists in all competitions now, so it’s starting to look better,” Dempsey said.
“I’m someone who likes to score or get assists so it’s good to be getting those stats up, contributing and trying to help this team do well. It’s going well but I still want to be better at what I’m doing.”
As Lewis Holtby prepares to join a very overcrowded midfield, we could see some departures from the club either now or in the summer. As for Clint Dempsey, he could turn into a White Hart Lane favourite or alternatively, if we don’t win at Old Trafford for another 23 years he will feature as the answer to the question – ‘who scored the last time Spurs won at United’ some time in 2035.