Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Leeds United

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur brushed aside an impressive Leeds United side this afternoon, scoring three goals and recording a clean sheet at home.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the game:

Killing the game – Spurs have been guilty of not killing the game in recent weeks. That could not be said today. Leeds forced the Lilywhites to trade punches all afternoon and Mourinho’s men dispatched their chances efficiently, while also defending well. It shows what happens when Spurs attack and express themselves a bit more.

Up to third – Come the final whistle, Spurs moved up to third in the Premier League table, showing just how tight things are at the top this year. A little run with a few wins and they could be back in the title race.

Harry Winks shines – This game was made for Harry Winks. Time and space to express himself. Freedom to push high up the pitch and win the ball back. An emphasis on quick passes, without doing anything too fancy. He was the beating heart of the Tottenham team this afternoon, showing that he still has a part to play. He definitely offers something different to Hojbjerg and Sissoko.

Bergwijn hits back – Steven Bergwijn went some way to hitting back at his critics today with a fantastic performance. The Dutchman won the crucial penalty that opened the scoring for Spurs and was a constant threat throughout the match. The only thing he needs to work on is his final shot/pass, which was the cause of the vile abuse last month. However, I firmly believe that this sharpness will come with game time if he is allowed to attack.

Mourinho reluctant to rest Kane – Perhaps it has something to do with that West Ham meltdown earlier in the season, but Mourinho seemed reluctant to take off key players today. With Vinicius on the bench, Kane should have been rested almost as soon as we went 3-0 up. The Brazilian needs game time and Kane needs to be protected. Same with Heung-min Son and Dele Alli too, in my opinion. Kane was taken off eventually, but only five minutes before the end.

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