Tottenham Hotspur's 6 Best Goals of the 2013-14 Premier League Season
Tottenham Hotspur's 2013-14 Premier League campaign was an eventful one to say the least.
The north London club finished sixth, again qualifying for the Europa League. Some crushing losses undermined their efforts, though, contributing to the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas and now confirmation, via the club's official website, of his replacement Tim Sherwood's departure.
So if this is a campaign Tottenham fans will not look back on too fondly, they can nonetheless remember some great goals along the way.
This article looks at the six best scored by Spurs players in the league.
That means no place for Christian Eriksen's free-kick against Benfica in the Europa League or Gylfi Sigurdsson's wonderful turn-and-shoot effort from 30 yards against Hull City in the Capital One Cup.
A whole bunch of great other league goals, including Emmanuel Adebayor's header vs. Manchester United, Nacer Chadli's curling effort up at Newcastle United and the great team goal finished off by Paulinho in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend, were duly considered but narrowly missed out.
First up, a goal scored by the man they called The Beast around White Hart Lane...
Sandro vs. Manchester United (H): December 1, 2013
After a 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City in their previous match, Tottenham Hotspur needed to put in a much improved performance against Manchester United.
The home side were ultimately disappointed to draw 2-2, being brought back by the reigning champions having twice taken the lead.
Kyle Walker opened the scoring with a well-taken free-kick, but he was to be overshadowed in the second half by his team-mate Sandro.
The Brazilian took a pass from Mousa Dembele in stride, moving inward and closely followed by Tom Cleverley. He then swiftly turned back onto his left foot and accelerated toward the penalty box.
Cleverley scrambled to keep up but was then put on his backside when Sandro cut in, freeing the Spurs man up to blast a shot into the top corner.
It was the midfielder's only goal of the season but one he will not soon forget.
Lewis Holtby vs. Fulham (A): December 4, 2013
At the time of this goal, Lewis Holtby had no idea he would be wearing the colours of the opposition team on loan within a couple of months.
For the German, this was just his latest attempt to prove he deserved a regular first-team spot for Tottenham—something he went about in typically enthusiastic fashion.
Holtby's goal sealed Spurs' comeback from 1-0 down to win 2-1 against Fulham. Vlad Chiriches had already scored from long range, but Holtby's was even easier on the eye.
Right-back Walker had brought the ball forward down his flank when he passed to Andros Townsend.
Before the England winger even had time to think, Holtby darted across and stole the ball off his toes. He then drove inside, and before any Cottager could get near, he fired in a shot which sped past the despairing dive of Maarten Stekelenburg.
Emmanuel Adebayor vs. Southampton (A): December 22, 2013
Tottenham were a goal down to Southampton within 15 minutes of Sherwood's first match in charge. The then-caretaker boss' decision to bring Adebayor back into the fold soon paid off as his side levelled before the half was over.
Clearing their lines from a Southampton corner, Erik Lamela intelligently picked out the striker coming in off the left wing. Crossing the halfway line, Adebayor played a ball back outside, through the Saints defence and in front of Roberto Soldado.
The St Mary's crowd jeered as the ball looked to be going harmlessly out of play. The Spaniard kept it in though, adjusted and sent in a cross deep into the six-yard box.
Leaping forth, Adebayor met his strike partner's cross almost horizontally, volleying past Paulo Gazzaniga from close range.
Counterattacking football at its finest. Spurs would win the game 3-2, ensuring the Southampton fans were a little quieter by the final whistle.
Christian Eriksen vs. West Bromwich Albion (H): December 26, 2013
Eriksen's first Tottenham goal came in the Europa League against Tromso. His first Premier League tally—the first of seven—came at home to West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day.
Walker was brought down outside the penalty area to the right; Eriksen and Holtby lined up to take the free-kick.
Fashioning himself as if he was going to hit it with his left, Holtby ran over the ball as a decoy.
Eriksen moved in and struck it sweet. The ball flew over the far edge of the West Brom wall, curling in off the underside of the bar and into the goal.
A near perfect example of a free-kick. The only downside was Spurs could not hold onto their lead and drew 1-1.
Roberto Soldado vs. Cardiff City (H): March 2, 2014
A tough first season in England for Soldado got even harder in the first few months of 2014. The expensively recruited striker could not buy a goal it seemed.
His relief was palpable when he did score again, securing a 1-0 win over Cardiff City. The joy of his team-mates and supporters was there to see, too.
It was also a damn fine goal, with Soldado delicately finishing off a quick, devastating Tottenham counterattack.
Kyle Naughton reacted quickly to clear from a Cardiff attack to free Townsend on the break.
Sprinting into the Bluebirds half, Townsend passed to Adebayor hovering to the left of the box. Spotting Soldado charging forward, he held on, waiting for the Spaniard's arrival.
In the buildup, Soldado looked like he might have instructed Townsend to play it out to Adebayor. Either way, he correctly anticipated where the move was going.
Running between clueless Cardiff defenders, Soldado picked up Adebayor's pass, teed himself up and guided the ball carefully into the bottom corner.
Gylfi Sigurdsson vs. Southampton (H): March 23, 2014
For quality if not quantity, Sigurdsson was arguably Tottenham's finest scorer of goals this season.
The pick of his Premier League strikes came at home to Southampton.
A long ball forward was cleared only as far as Eriksen, who softly side-footed a pass to the nearby Icelander.
Sigurdsson readjusted his stance ever so slightly, then quickly ran onto the tee-up and struck it venomously. The shot skimmed across the pitch's surface, past various Saints and beyond the reach of Artur Boruc into the bottom corner.
Of course, adding to the specialness of the goal was the fact it was a stoppage-time winner. Spurs had come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2.
Sigurdsson chose his time perfectly.