Unbeaten in 10 games now in all competitions and whilst Tottenham remain in fifth position in the Premier League they are being talked up as potential champions of England for the first time since 1961.
Key to their recent form and hopes for 2011 are the form of wingers Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon. In recent matches both have been superb and both Aston Villa and Newcastle have been unable to live with the twin wing threat from Harry Redknapp’s flying widmen.
Against the Toon Aaron Lennon was the first to be involved testing James Perch who had come in for Jose Enrique. Bale was next to get in on the act with a trademark surging run into the box as the Spurs flyers attempted to make things happen in a goalless first half.
As the Newcastle defence was run a little more ragged, Bale and Lennon came to the fore in the second half. First Lennon scored Tottenham’s opener with a fine low drive and both became crucial when the home side went down to 10 men after Younes Kaboul was sent off.
The threat continued from both wings with Peter Crouch was then introduced and the pair nearly combined for a second Spurs goal only for the offside flag to intervene. After Lennon had flashed another effort wide Bale surged down the left, turned his man inside out and fired into Tim Krul’s far corner to make it 2-0.
Even late on with the win all but sealed, Bale and Lennon were still a threat to the Newcastle defence. If Bale can replicate his form of 2010 and Lennon can play as he did in the first half of last season, Tottenham really could do something special in 2010/2011.