Tottenham Hotspur made it two wins from two as they defeated Newcastle United 3-1 tonight, just three days after beating Arsenal in the North London Derby.
While the team performance was good and all three points were won, let’s take a look at five players in particular who did the absent fans proud tonight.
Serge Aurier – When talking about doing the fans proud, how could we not start with Serge Aurier who took to the pitch just 48 hours after his brother was tragically murdered. That kind of commitment and loyalty to the badge is rare and, no matter your opinion of Aurier, it simply has to be supported and applauded.
Harry Kane – He looked a frustrated figure in the first 45 as Newcastle dominated possession and Kane saw his chances in front of goal restricted. However, the England captain stepped up when the team needed him and scored two headers in the second half to earn all three points. That’s what separates class strikers from the rest.
Heung-min Son – For the first time since the lockdown, Son was able to balance his attacking and defensive work in a left-wing position. The South Korean put in a huge shift tracking back to help Ben Davies, but also managed to grab the opening goal and create a number of chances.
Lucas Moura – The Brazilian does not get the attacking stats that he deserves, but his incredible work rate is becoming a hallmark of Mourinho’s Tottenham. He arguably puts in more of a defensive shift that any midfielder, while also having enough energy to carry the ball forwards in attack with his quick feet. Hopefully, the goals and assists eventually come for Moura.
Harry Winks – I know that plenty of Spurs fans believe Winks to be average and will claim that he merely passed sideways tonight. However, that is his role in the team. While others bomb forward in search of glory, Winks sits back and remains mature and well-drilled, keeping a good formation, tracking runners, intercepting, and tackling. Once he receives the ball, he then picks the sensible pass to build an attack. It is not and will never be the most attractive job, but every team needs that player.
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