Tottenham Hotspur ran out emphatic winners today beating West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at White Hart Lane. Harry Kane was back amongst the goals as he netted a hat-trick only a week after his girlfriend gave birth to their first child – clinching his second hat-trick in the Premier League.
Right from the off, Spurs started the game well and looked dominant in the early intervals. Ben Foster was tested a couple of times early on by Spurs’ number 10, but the keeper pulled off a few good stops which inevitably had the Spurs fans thinking, ‘it’s not going to be another one of those days, is it?’
No, it definitely wasn’t going to be one of those days. The Lilywhites broke the deadlock in the 11th minute when Christian Eriksen delightfully picked out Harry Kane with a pass and the striker made no mistake with the finish despite missing a great chance earlier on. An early goal was needed to take a little pressure off – especially considering our recent record against the Baggies.
Spurs looked rampant and hungry for even more goals and they got the much needed second goal through an own goal in the 26th minute. Man of the moment Dele Alli laid a pass off to Christian Eriksen who shot at goal, but it took two deflections off West Brom players before it ended up at the back of the visitors’ net for the second time of the afternoon.
Five minutes afterwards, it looked like Spurs had added a third goal to their tally but the goal was ruled out for offside. The move consisted of a delightful give-and-go between Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli which ended with Alli finishing the move off. Unfortunate to be offside.
West Brom were way off the pace in the first period and it was soon clear that Toby Pulis shared a few stern words with them at half time. The second half began with the Baggies offering more offensively, but couldn’t manage to trouble Hugo Lloris nor the Spurs defence too much.
Spurs soon started to pick up the pace again and revived the dominatation which they left off in the first half as Kane added a third for the Lillywhites in the 76th minute. After he seemingly lost the ball, Kyle Walker won the ball back off West Brom’s McCauley and put a cross in for Kane which the Englishman finished off brilliantly.
It wasn’t done and dusted just yet though for Pochettino’s men. Harry Kane completed a well deserved hat-trick in the 81st minute when Dele Alli elegantly lifted the ball in the air and beyond a few West Brom defenders which gave Kane a chance to complete his hat-trick; and as he so often does these days, Harry Kane cleverly found the back of the net.
The three points move Spurs up to second in the league – a point ahead of Liverpool who play Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow. Today could prove to be a big day in Spurs’ season.
Between The Sticks –
Hugo Lloris: 7/10.
A very quiet afternoon between the goalposts for the French captain today. Not really called upon into action, nor did he have to make any spectacular saves that he usually does, but another clean sheet.
Jan Vertonghen: 7.5/10.
An excellent game for Jan until he picked up an ankle injury which initially looked bad. Pochettino said after the game that we will soon find out more about his injury following scans in the next couple of days.
Toby Alderweireld: 8/10.
Another faultless performance from the Belgian. Rarely ever puts a foot wrong and he done no wrong yet again today. A normal day in the office for Toby.
Eric Dier: 7.5/10.
A good game for Eric as he joined Jan and Toby again to play three at the back in Pochettino’s new preferred system. It looks set to be Dier’s new role in the upcoming months.
Kyle Walker: 9/10.
Exceptional. An outstanding performance from Walker as he continued his impressive form as a wing-back – long may his form continue.
Victor Wanyama: 8/10.
The Kenyan put in a good shift yet again today and is proving to the Spurs fans once more just why Pochettino brought him to White Hart Lane. Clever business for only £11m. A steal.
Mousa Dembele: 8/10.
Dembele has experienced a steady start to this season, but today was most definitely one of his better days. Looked like the Dembele of last season – gliding past players like a ghost. Good performance.
Danny Rose: 9/10.
Nothing new to see here, just Danny Rose being Danny Rose. Another great performance from Danny in his new wing-back position although he drifted more into the centre and into the right at parts during the game. Danny plays where he wants.
Christian Eriksen: 8.5/10.
Back to his best. Controlled the game well today and looked like the Christian Eriksen that we wish to see every single week. Consistency from him is required if we’re to push for the title again.
Dele Alli: 8.5/10.
Despite not continuing his league scoring form, it would be unfair to say he wasn’t at his best today. Made chances for others around him, including a marvellous assist to Kane for his hat-trick.
Harry Kane: 9/10.
Amazing. That’s all. Despite missing eight weeks through injury, he’s now only one goal behind Diego Costa today in the race for the Golden Boot and looks well on track to beating his last season goal tally. Goalscoring machine.
Ben Davies: 7.5/10.
Came in for the injured Jan Vertonghen in the second half and played his role at the back for our clean sheet. Might we see him play as part of the three at the back whilst Vertonghen is out? It seems likely.
Harry Winks: 7.5/10.
Another good run out for Winks as he replaced Dembele in the second half. Passed the ball well and helped Spurs get further up the pitch when possible.
Heung-Min Son: N/A.
Replaced Kane in the final few minutes of the game. Barely had a chance to get make a mark in the game.
Man of The Match:
Harry Kane. Although the two fullbacks could have a good argument too. Without Kane’s goals today we wouldn’t have won so comfortably, though. The best of the bunch.
Manchester City away in the Premier League. Saturday 21st January. Kick off at 17:30.