Opinion: The five Spurs players who did the team proud against West Ham


Tottenham Hotspur secured their first win in seven last night against West Ham United, keeping their dreams of Champions League football next season alive.

While the team performance in the 2-0 victory was impressive, let’s take a look at five individual performances that stood out over the 90 minutes.

Eric Dier – I had my doubts over whether having Dier at the back was a sensible decision, but he has looked different class since the Premier League restart. It seems as if he has lost a bit of weight and looks firmly focused on nailing down that starting centre-back spot. He didn’t put a foot wrong against West Ham, following an impressive performance against Man United last week. Definitely worth continuing to build around him.

Giovani Lo Celso – My man of the match. He dictated play across the 90 minutes from the centre of midfield. To look at him, you wouldn’t assume that he would have much about him defensively, but he reads the game exceptionally well and isn’t afraid of a tackle. He set up chance after chance last night and, once the team regains fitness, I can see him racking up the assists next season.

Serge Aurier – He is often hit and miss but last night was certainly the former. Aurier was given license to roam down the right-hand side with Sissoko and Sanchez covering and boy did he make it count. The Ivorian got to the byline time and time again, putting in some testing crosses.

Moussa Sissoko – How this man has just come back from a six-month injury spell I will never know. After playing 90 minutes against Man United, he slotted back into the starting XI just four days later and played out of his skin yet again. Such an important player for Spurs to have back in the side with his defensive and driving capabilities.

Harry Kane – Certainly not his best game, but worth a mention. Kane was involved all over the pitch last night and deserved his goal. You can see his fitness and sharpness returning as the minutes tick by. What a ball that was to Dele in the first half with the outside of his boot too.

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