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Posted on 11 February 2005  - 12:00

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Player of the month — Michael Carrick


Midfield schemer Michael Carrick wins Opta’s Tottenham player of the month award for January following a number of superb displays in the heart of Spurs’ midfield.


Under the stewardship of Martin Jol, Carrick has blossomed, rediscovering the form that made him one of the country’s most highly-rated young talents while plying his trade at West Ham.


The midfielder’s vision and passing ability were consistently on show in January. He provided one goal assist and set up six goalscoring chances for his team-mates in January, more than any other Spurs player. He also made 163 accurate passes, again more than any other Lilywhite and the ninth-best passing record in the top tier.


Carrick has also provided bite in the middle of the park, making 32 tackles, more than any of his team-mates and the eighth-best tally in the Premiership.


In second place is Dean Marney, another youngster who is thriving under Martin Jol.


The Barking-born midfielder was involved in all four of Spurs’ games in January and repaid his manager’s faith by netting two goals and providing one goal assist against Everton in his first league appearance of the season. Since then, Marney has been in excellent form, whipping in 11 crosses, more than any other Tottenham player and also embarking on 12 dribbles, again a club high.


Coming in third in the Opta rankings is yet another midfielder, Pedro Mendes.


The former Porto man also got in the scoresheet in the game against Everton, and fired in seven shots in total in January, the joint-highest total at Spurs.


Mendes, like his midfield partners, also worked extremely hard in January, winning 16 tackles, more than any other Spurs player while only Michael Carrick made more accurate passes than the Portuguese star’s 155 total.


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PlayerOpta Index
Michael Carrick1157
Dean Marney1086
Pedro Mendes1061
PlayerCarrick
Minutes On Pitch357
Goal Attempts
Goals0
Shots On Target1
Shots Off Target4
Blocked Shots2
Passing
Goal Assists1
Total Passes202
Pass Completion %81%
Crossing
Total Crosses11
Cross Completion %18%
Dribbling
Dribbles & Runs8
Dribble Completion %75%
Defending
Tackles Made23
Tackles Won %65%
Blocks1
Clearances14
Interceptions2
Discipline
Fouls2
Offside0
Yellow Cards0
Red Cards0