Tottenham Hotspur thumped their top-four challengers West Ham 3-1 to climb above Manchester United to fifth. Spurs earned a much-needed win after falling behind in the top four race. They are now just three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand. But Spurs’ fight for a Champions League spot is alive after back-to-back wins. Here are our player ratings for Tottenham Hotspur from their win.
West Ham opened the scoring in the game, but for Tottenham. Matt Doherty did some excellent work in winning the ball back from Arthur Masuaku, releasing Harry Kane on the right flank. Kane squared the ball for Son, but Kurt Zouma’s awkward block put the ball in the back of the net for an own goal. Kane then almost returned the favor to West Ham when his loose back-pass for Dier was robbed by Michail Antonio in Tottenham’s box. However, Antonio’s shot just flashed across the far post.
Harry Kane again teed up Son for the second. A brilliant through ball from Kane tore apart the West Ham defence to find Son. Son ricocheted his shot past Fabianski who despite standing his ground couldn’t do much. West Ham responded through Said Benrahma just after the half-hour mark. Craig Dawson headed Aaron Cresswell’s corner into Benrahma’s path who was unmarked and free in the box. Benrahma slotted it pas Lloris to pull one back for the Hammers.
Kane should have gotten his name on the score sheet from a delicious Hojberg pass. Hojberg’s chip over the West Has defence found Kane one-on-one with Fabianski, only for him to miss. But Tottenham did secure their three points when Kane put Son through on goal with only Fabianski to beat. Son showed Kane how it’s done, placing the ball into the back of the net.
Tottenham Hotspur player ratings: Defence
Hugo Lloris- 7/10
Lloris wasn’t troubled much by the Hammers. However, the ‘keeper did showed-up whenever called into action. His incredible kick helped Kane set up Son for Tottenham’s third.
Cristian Romero- 8/10
What a game from the centre-half. He totally dominated the West Ham attackers with his physicality. Romero’s battle against Antonio Michail was totally one-sided as the Argentinian didn’t concede an inch’s space for the striker to exploit.
Eric Dier- 7/10
Was put into trouble by Harry Kane, but Antonio‘s miss relived Dier. However, the centre-back complimented Romero well who was dominating from the back.
Ben Davies- 7/10
Davies held his game when Tottenham’s left flank was vulnerable. Kept the troubling Soucek away and won all his aerial duels.
Matt Doherty- 7/10
Doherty was a thorn in West Ham’s left flank. The full-back caused all sorts of problems to Masuaku who couldn’t handle Doherty’s daunting runs.
Rodrigo Bentancur- 7/10
Bentancur continues to impress since joining Juventus. Another pivotal display against West Ham where the Uruguayan completed a 100% successful rate in dribbles, tackles, and long-balls.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg- 8/10
Hojberg once again dominated the midfield for Tottenham. A massive 105 touches to the ball, completing his 95 passes out of 99 attempts. Could have even finished the game with an assist after his chipping pass found Kane in the box. However, the striker missed.
Sergio Reguilon- 5/10
Not a usual outing for the left-back. Couldn’t run into the voids left by the West Ham backline and failed to read Kane’s visionary passes. Our lowest ratings for a Tottenham Hotspur player.
Dejan Kulusevski- 6/10
Sparkling runs at the start of the game as usual from his last few outings. However, he looked tired as the game progressed. Quite understandable given his absolute powerful performances in the last games.
Harry Kane- 8/10
What else to say about Harry Kane. The striker has rejuvenated as a totally different player under Conte. Apart from his scoring streaks, Kane has now gained substantial numbers as a creator. His two assists in the game took his tally to 3 in the last five games.
Son Heung-min- 9/10
Our highest-rated in Tottenham Hotspur player ratings. Son produced a masterclass. Scored two goals, and was always at the right place at the right time. Anticipated Kane’s passing and barely looked uninvolved in the game.
Emerson Royal- N/A
Came on in the 88th minute for Reguilon.
Steven Bergwijn- N/A
Came on in the 90th minute for Kulusevski.
Lucas Moura- N/A
Came on in the 90th minute for Son.
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