Tottenham supporters have been in fine voice in the last few hours after seeing their side record a fourth successive Premier League victory on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with Everton off the back of beating Southampton, Leicester City, and Burnley in their previous three league games, and thus seeking a fourth straight win in the league for the second time this season, having done so between September and October. And Spurs managed to do just that in emphatic fashion at Goodison Park, as braces from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min alongside strikes from Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen inspired the visitors to a 6-2 success on Merseyside, leaving them in third place in the Premier League table at Christmas.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be heaping praise on the exploits of messrs Kane and Son, who proved to be an absolute handful for the Everton backline on Sunday.
South Korea international Son was well managed by Pochettino upon return from the Asian Games at the start of the season, and Spurs are now reaping the rewards from the Argentine’s management given the 26-year-old has scored five goals in his last six league matches, while England international Kane continues to deliver by netting his tenth and 11th league goals on Sunday.
And while those two in particular caused Marco Silva’s men no end of problems at Goodison Park, it was the display of midfielder Harry Winks which suggested that he was indeed the real hero behind Spurs’ stunning victory on Sunday.
The England international has benefited greatly from the midfield issues at the North London club to become a regular under Pochettino this season, with Sunday his 15th appearance of the campaign, 11 of which have come in Tottenham’s last 12 league matches.
And they’ll be plenty more to follow if he maintains the level of performance seen on Sunday, as the 22-year-old did a stellar job on the ball in helping Spurs transition from defence into attack, and indeed off it in thwarting Everton’s advances through the middle of the pitch.
The Englishman, capped three times by his country in recent years, finished with the best pass success rate of anybody in a Tottenham shirt by completing an astonishing 63 of the 66 passes he attempted (as per WhoScored), while his tally of 77 touches was only bettered by Eriksen (84) and right back Kieran Trippier (103).
Thus, Winks was clearly heavily involved on the ball in helping Pochettino’s side move up the pitch, but he also did his fair share of work off it as well by winning all three of the aerial duels he contested, and succeeding with one of the three tackles he attempted as well.
Add in an interception and three blocks, and it’s clear just how vital the 22-year-old was in inspiring Spurs to all three points – he is slowly but surely becoming the main man in the heart of the Tottenham midfield which, with Mousa Dembele likely to leave in 2019, can only be good news for manager Pochettino.
As such, while it was the front men, specifically Kane and Son, who had a field-day in front of goal on Sunday, it was the efforts of £13.5 million-rated Winks (as per Transfermarkt) just behind them which means he was the real hero in Tottenham’s 14th Premier League win of the season at Goodison Park.
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