This will be brief-ish as I’m sitting in our old motor as an AA man tries to get her going again….a bit like Erik Lamela, now I come to think of it.
I’m a fan of Coco on several levels:
1. He loves Spurs and really wants to be at the Club, as he’s just opined when signing his new 4 year contract. We’ve stuck by him and now he wants to repay that.
2. On the pitch, he never gives up. Works incredibly hard for the cause and was an integral part of the irrepressible side of a few seasons back before his injury. He’s an absolute nuisance to our opponents’ back line.
3. He definitely has talent and an ability to do something both unexpected and eye-poppingly exciting…whether that be with his cultured left foot, or some slinky ball skills to beat a man.
On the flipside, he can be frustrating to watch. Drops deep into good space to pick up the ball, turns, drives forward…and then holds on to it just too long, or his touch deserts him, or he runs down a cul-de-sac slowing down the counter or, worse, turning over possession at a time which leaves us exposed.
He knows Poch, his system and how his teammates play by now. We need to see him staking a proper case for a starting berth. Truth is, as a squad player he is valuable. As a starter in the first XI? He needs to prove that he is worthy of that, bearing in mind he’s likely to be fighting Moura and Son for the 4th attacking place in the side (assuming HK, CE and Dele keep their spots).
In the end, what it comes down to is that Poch trusts him enoeuf to give him #fourmoreyears. That’ll do for me.