When Dele Alli and Harry Kane fire Tottenham Hotspur to a 2-0 win over bitter rivals Arsenal, there inevitably isn’t much room to talk about anybody else.
They’re the poster boys of Mauricio Pochettino’s rip-roaring Spurs side and the headlines for occasions as big as the north London derby always gravitate towards those who get on the scoresheet – especially when they’re also key players for the England national team.
But Pochettino described his side’s 2-0 victory at White Hart Lane as a ‘complete performance‘ and it was very much a team effort, with Spurs not only potent up front but also rock solid at the back and dominant in midfield.
No individual display epitomised that more than Spurs’ resident unsung hero Victor Wanyama, who represents the added steel the Lilywhites have shown this season – especially in game against the top six – since his arrival from Southampton last summer.
The Kenyan powerhouse can often go under the radar but he was phenomenal against the Gunners, finishing up with the second-most touches of any Spurs player and providing real control in the middle of the park through two tackles, three interceptions and an 88% passing accuracy.
But the difference between Wanyama’s usual displays and his performance against Arsenal was what the 25-year-old offered going forward; namely two successful dribbles and three created chances. Of all the players involved in the match, only attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen conjured up more.