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Through much of the young season thus far, Luka Modric has been little more than just another player on the pitch for Spurs. That's not to say that he's been terrible, he's just lacked the pace and presence of mind that we've come to expect from the Croatian.
He certainly didn't look out of form during his recent international duty for Croatia, hammering home a beautifully placed goal from distance against Israel. His underwhelming production (well, as underwhelming as Luka Modric can be) has mostly only extended to club level play.
I won't bother you with my theories as to why Modric has been out of form early on, mostly because those theories would be entirely out of place following today's match at White Hart Lane. Modric didn't look out of form at all. He looked spectacular.
It wasn't just the perfect goal in the top corner from outside the box, either. Modric played good football throughout the match, making pitch-perfect decisions all around, placing perfect forward-thinking passes and just doing everything he did that made Chelsea so interested in him throughout the summer transfer window.
Thankfully, Chelsea didn't land the playmaker after all, which has received a wide range of reactions from Spurs fans throughout the world. I, for one, was first in line to criticize the decision to not take the money in the closing weeks of the window, but now I'm not so sure.
If Modric continues playing like he did today, he'll continue to provide Spurs with the spark they need to keep winning matches. Harry Redknapp and Daniel Levy knew what they were doing after all.