Tottenham Hotspur: Bale and Van Der Vaart Net as Spurs Share the Wealth

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Tottenham Hotspur: Bale and Van Der Vaart Net as Spurs Share the Wealth
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Tottenham Hotspur took to the road once again today, defeating Wigan Athletic by a score of 2-1 for their third consecutive EPL victory, their third of the season as well.

It is often said that one sign of a strong and successful club is recording goals from as many players as possible over the course of a season. To that end, Spurs took a large leap forward in their effort to share the wealth when Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale both opened up their 2011-12 accounts.

The two became the fifth and sixth Spurs to get on the board so far in the early stages of this campaign, with Emmanuel Adebayor, Jermain Defoe, Luka Modric and Younes Kaboul all getting in on the fun.

The effort over the past three matches, with so many players stepping up to give their own personal touch to Tottenham's attacking game, has finally allowed Spurs to break even from a negative seven-goal differential suffered after their first two matches, with positive figures surely on their way very shortly.

So much of that effort, unsurprisingly, has come from the extremely effective pairing of Adebayor and Defoe at the top of the formation, with Adebayor netting three times in the two games that the partnership has been utilized (Defoe was not featured this weekend), and Defoe scoring twice.

Neither player can be expected to record goals during every EPL fixture this season, as Adebayor demonstrated today (not that he didn't perform spectacularly well).

When the well goes dry for one player, it is a true testament to Tottenham's character to see other players stepping up to pick up the slack.

Spurs aren't the only ones enjoying a wide range of goal-scoring presences. Manchester United and Manchester City both have equal numbers of players who have scored, and one look at the standings will show you how great their starts have been (although the fantastic production rates from Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko may have something to do with it).

There's not always a direct correlation between more players scoring goals and a higher placement on the table, as Arsenal has enjoyed success in this aspect as well, but has had some uncharacteristic trouble securing good results (though their victory today was by a decisive enough margin to quiet some critics). But on average, it can only have a positive effect on a club's overall standing.

Tottenham's schedule currently has them in the middle of a series of matches that, in effect, is an early defining period to their season.

They are currently competing against a mix of strong and competitive sides, as well as weaker lower-table sides that altogether average a level of competition much more indicative of the league average than their first two fixtures against the Manchester clubs turned out to be.

The success that they've enjoyed in recent weeks, largely due their ability to find goals from the feet of so many players, has shown just how competitive they really can be when everything is running so smoothly.

With the momentum they've gained and the confidence they've built, increasing the winning streak to four matches at home against Arsenal could make Tottenham unstoppable, and easily the early-season favorite for securing the fourth place spot in the league.

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