Huh? Come again? AVB won the Manager of the Month award or did you miss the memo?
Sure. He did. He won all 3 league games in February and progressed to the next round of the Europa League to boot (although I believe this is not taken into consideration for the award). In terms of ratings however? Well, Gareth Bale’s 8.25 for the month and Hugo Lloris’ 7.56 both broke the previous high of 7.54 for a month, which Jan Vertonghen got back in September, but what about the rest of the team?
In the 5 games we played in February the game average was actually the exact same as the current season average – 6.38, and of the players who played at least half the games only Dawson, Gallas and Holtby got over that along with Bale and Lloris.
Adebayor had another bad month, his return from the African Cup of Nations clearly not making any difference, by getting another worst player of the match award (8 in 22 games now and more than any other player) as well as worst player of the month to add to his December award also. Close behind him is Dempsey who is back to his early season poor form with 5.5 and his two under 5.5 ratings for the month means he now has the most under 5.5 performances in the season with 10 in 29 games.
Scott Parker probably had his worst month since joining Spurs with a 5.74 for the month and the lowest score of the month of 4.76 vs Lyon (A). Mousa Dembele hasn’t been playing too well either for the second month running and Lennon’s form is nowhere near his high of 7.02 for October but also not as bad as his low of 5.97 in November. Vertonghen has had another below average month with 6.26 but an improvement on last month’s 5.74 and although Walker is still getting below average monthly scores he has improved on his season average of 5.99 with 6.15 this month.
Enough of the negatives though, Dawson’s 6.83 is his best month so far giving him an above season average of 6.59 in 17 games. Fantastic return for someone who was meant to be sold at the beginning of the season. Assou-Ekotto is also slowly picking up his performances with a just below average 6.29 and Gallas’ 6.67 is his best of the season, not bad for someone who didn’t play a game in January and won’t be earning a new contract if the reports are true. Defoe’s absence also means Holtby has come in and earns himself a very good 6.64. No settling in period for the young Anglo-German hybrid, who other than Bale and Lloris was the only other player to get a rating higher than 7.5 in a game this month.
So over to Lloris and Bale. Lloris had his best month for Spurs with a fantastic 7.56 however that man Bale’s 8.25 for the month with four MOTM awards in five games means not only has he overtaken Vertonghen’s six awards with eight of his own now but he’s now well in front on the over 7.5 performances with 12 (Sandro next closest with 8) and has taken the lead on player of the season with a season average of 7.06. Just 0.06 more than Sandro and another 0.04 ahead of of Lloris.
The stats below show us how the season has progressed and how Bale has progressed as well. Average rating for the season is 6.38.
Season by performance
Player season ratings
Gareth Bale (7.06 average rating)
All ratings here are taken from the votes given to players after a match from the forum members of The Fighting Cock and Glory Glory.