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The pundit - Jermaine Jenas on 'one of the best goals I've seen this season'

Posted on 28 February 2017  - 14:45

We continue our new, occasional series where we'll seek the opinions of pundits at Spurs matches. Jermaine Jenas was in the co-commentator's chair for BBC 5 Live for our 4-0 win against Stoke and as you'd expect from a player who spent seven years at the Club, he was delighted with what he saw at the Lane on Sunday...

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Jermaine Jenas

jj200x250- 202 appearances for Spurs, 2005-12
- League Cup winner 2008
- 21 England caps, 2003-09
- Retired in January, 2016 after over 400 games for Forest, Newcastle, Spurs, Villa and QPR
- Now a pundit on BBC MOTD, 5 Live and BT Sport

JJ's analysis

"Spurs were absolutely immense, from the first minute. One thing I spotted about Stoke is that from the outset, even when they tried to press, Spurs were able to nick balls around the corner, play little one-twos and usually when that happens you are either off the pace physically or off the pace mentally, you just aren’t reading things quickly enough and from Stoke’s point of view, that was the situation. However, Spurs, to come back from what must have been such a disappointment of going out of Europe in midweek, for the manager to get the mentality right and to get out there and put in that type of display was sensational.
All-round, all over the park, I’ve picked out Dele and Harry below but also in midfield they were so assured, everywhere they were brilliant and it’s good to see.

Below: Dele celebrates his goal with provider Harry Kane

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JJ on Dele

"Dele Alli, my word! He knew he was going to be tested against Stoke and that’s why whenever I’m asked about him, I’ll always back him. I love that edge about him and 99.9 per cent of the time, he’s providing brilliance out there – he’s opening channels, opening doors for players, providing space for Harry Kane. Mauricio Pochettino gets it spot-on with Dele and this was another example. How many times did he get kicked? He’s getting kicked all over the place yet he’s just got up and thought ‘okay, let’s get on with it’. He was all over the park. Kyle Walker was also phenomenal down the right. He just needs to score! I keep winding him up saying ‘you need to get a goal mate’!"

Below: Harry volleys home for 2-0

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JJ on Harry

"I’ve got to finish with Harry Kane and his display. That second goal from him, that’s one of the best goals I’ve seen this season. From a technical point of view, it is so difficult. It’s coming across him, it’s bouncing above his waist and he’s got to get his hip up and get a good strike on the ball not only with accuracy, but with power. It’s hard to put into words how difficult that is. I don’t know if he’s got a wrong foot any more. He had another in the second half that he just shifted onto his left foot, there was no space to hit it - that’s the sort of thing Jermain Defoe used to do in tight spaces, with both feet. Harry’s got that ability and you don’t usually see that in taller men."