All of our summer signings featured in yesterday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace with Roberto Soldado grabbing the headlines by converting our first Spot Kick since May 2012 to seal the narrowest of victories.
Aside from Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue all played their part and Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas was full of praise for the new arrivals.
“It’s not easy for them, especially bearing in mind the amount of time they’ve been together,” said AVB. “Soldado and Paulinho arrived late and Etienne has been with us just three days.
“They bonded well, responded well to each other’s play and it was a completely deserved win.”
Paulinho was given the Man of the Match award by Sky TV and although that decision raised a few eyebrows, stats after the game showed a very high completed pass percentage from the Brazilian. Meanwhile, Capoue looked something of a beast when introduced in the second half and may well be pressing for a start when league action returns at White Hart Lane next Sunday.
Nacer Chadli made the least impact of the four although some long range efforts late on suggest he was getting more comfortable with the pace of the game as it progressed.
Overall, a good start for the new men but who impressed you most?