Tottenham Hotspur put in one of the most impressive team displays of the season against Manchester City in their 2-0 victory, with each player willing to run through brick walls.
However, we wanted to highlight the individual performances of five Lilywhite players on the night against Pep Guardiola’s men.
Harry Kane – Our man of the match. Harry Kane was unplayable against City, giving some world-class defenders in Laporte and Dias a torrid time. The Spurs striker just has so much range and variation to his game these days that it makes him near impossible to keep quiet. He started by leading the line with Tanguy Ndombele, then dropped into the number ten role, as well as pulling off a number of blocks and tackles in his final third. Not only this, but he came up with the killer passes when needed, even assisting the all-important second goal. What. A. Player.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – The consistency and passion with which this man plays is phenomenal, even if it does fly under the radar. Hojbjerg covered every blade of grass on the pitch tonight, whether it was pressing high up the pitch or sitting in the back line and cutting off passing lanes. He reads the game better than the vast majority of midfielders in the Premier League and Spurs are reaping the rewards.
Moussa Sissoko – Tasked with the same duties as Hojbjerg, Sissoko was equally as impressive against City. However, the Frenchman arguably covered the full-back role of Serge Aurier more than Hojbjerg had to on the other side. A different performance but just as important in my eyes. Even after all this time, he remains underappreciated.
Eric Dier – I still argue that Eric Dier is great when he is asked to sit deep and defend what’s in front of him. When he has to turn around and run to goal, he loses himself slightly. However, aerial balls and blocks are Eric’s bread and butter. He put his body and head on the line time after time against some high-quality Man City attackers. What a performance.
Toby Alderweireld – What a shame he had to go off injured. Alderweireld was a class act once again at the back, using his experience to read the game, cut off passing lanes, and block the shots before they could trouble Hugo Lloris. Toby and Dier had a nice partnership going at the back over the past four weeks, so hopefully the injury is not serious.
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