By Ian Herbert For The Daily Mail
Published: 01:24 BST, 5 October 2020 | Updated: 02:00 BST, 5 October 2020
Alex Morgan says she must have 'missed the memo' telling her that Manchester, not London, was the destination of choice for the armada of US players who have landed here to find some football and escape the sporting chaos of their own nation.
She could do with some powers of persuasion to entice a few of her compatriots south. Tottenham are in the formative years of their development as a force. Less than a year ago, their players were turning up for training with a sandwich and were not even allocated a fridge to put them in. They were a very long way from challenging one of the division's best.
It means that for Morgan, not even yet fit enough for the bench, this was a bullet best dodged. She will be up against it if she is to make a serious impact when the moment comes.
Chloe Kelly was the star of the show as Manchester City were dominant against Tottenham
Alex Morgan will be aware of the magnitude of the task facing her new team after a heavy loss
Alanna Kennedy, the rangy Australian seen as the most probable supply line for Morgan, could not develop any kind of passing range. Kit Graham, the 24-year-old who has only known London football, at Charlton before Spurs, offered the best creative threat but nothing could come of it.
It will take time for a side only promoted to the top flight last year, but the WSL needs a strong Spurs as soon as possible. The weekend's results reinforced the sense that the power is coalescing around five sides.
Everton's 6-0 evisceration of Aston Villa cemented their threat to the established elite, as did Manchester United's 3-0 defeat of Brighton on Sunday. Spurs now face United at home and Arsenal away, so a benign introduction for Morgan will require a few more weeks on the sidelines.