The performance against Burnley was refreshing. We attacked from the off, looked to run at their defence and caused them problems throughout.
With a midfield two of Hojbjerg and Ndombele, this was always going to happen, as the formation allowed four attackers to be let loose ahead of them.
But have Spurs just stumbled on their ideal attacking quad? Let’s look at why these four players deserve to cement a place in the Premier League eleven.
There’s not much more to say about Kane. Of course, he scored, but his overall game was breathtaking. From his touch to his weight of pass, the England captain really showed his class and, on another day, could have scored a hat-trick.
The South Korean has been off the boil since the turn of the year. His goals have dried up, but he always remains capable of having an influence in any game.
Yesterday he proved just that. He was generally quiet but delivered both assists for Bale’s goals. He, like Kane, could have bagged a couple of goals if it weren’t down to some missed chances and good saves.
Let’s all hope that the Welshman is well and truly back. If he gets chances, it’s likely he will score them. But it’s also his general play that is looking so promising.
He now feels comfortable to knock the ball past players and trust his pace to outrun them. And of course, like Kane, his range of passing is superb, shown by his assist for Kane’s goal. If he stays fit, then Bale, as Mourinho says, is a permanent name on the team sheet.
I wrote an article a couple of weeks ago about Moura proving a solution to some of the struggles at Spurs. And since then, he has scored against Wolfsberger and netted against West Ham and Burnley.
It’s nice to see someone else, other than Kane and Son, picking up some of the slack. But what’s more encouraging, is his willingness to take the ball from anywhere and drive right through the middle of the pitch towards the opposition goal.
He employed this to good effect against West Brom, leading to Son’s goal. Things may not always come off for him, but having this raw pace can only be a good thing for Kane, Son and Bale to profit from.
So who misses out?
Well, most notably, Dele Alli. Many were calling for the attacking midfielder to be rewarded with a start yesterday, after his pleasing display in the Europa League, which included an eye-catching overhead kick.
However, when he came on, the biggest issue was his pace. More accurately, his lack of it. He can shift the ball and arrive in the box, but when it comes to transitioning from defence to attack, he is pensive on the ball and therefore stifles some promising situations.
Given that Spurs look at their best when our attackers are flying forward, it’s difficult to see where the England man fits into our best Premier League outfit.
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