Tottenham Hotspur returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion on Saturday evening, with Antonio Conte’s side managing to put the disappointing midweek defeat to Sporting Lisbon behind them immediately by comfortably beating Leicester City 6-2.
Goals from Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Rodrigo Bentancur and a second-half hat-trick from Son Heung-min were enough to see off Brendan Rodgers’ lacklustre side. The result sees Spurs move to 17 points – level with leaders Manchester City – while the Foxes remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League standings.
However, while it will undoubtedly be the three goals of Son which steal Sunday morning’s headlines, it was another Tottenham player who truly ran the show against Leicester – central midfielder Bentancur.
Indeed, having already enjoyed a spectacular 2022/23 campaign so far – averaging a remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.30, ranking him as the joint 25th-best player in the league – the 25-year-old once again turned in a stellar display on Saturday.
Over the course of his 90 minutes on the pitch, the £35m-rated talent was in imperious form, making three tackles, four interceptions and blocking three shots, along with winning four of his six duels (a success rate of 67%) and not being dribbled past by an opponent at any point in the game.
The Uruguayan sensation was also devastating in possession of the ball, enjoying 62 touches – the second-most in the Spurs side – completing 40 of his 45 attempted passes (a success rate of 89%), taking two shots at goal (both of which hit the target), finding a team-mate with two of his three long balls, completing one dribble and setting up Son for Tottenham’s fourth goal of the evening.
However, the icing on the £75k-per-week midfielder’s cake came in the 47th minute, when he caught out a sloppy Wilfred Ndidi in the middle of the park by nipping the ball from the Leicester man’s toe, before driving at the Foxes backline and coolly slotting past Danny Ward from outside the penalty area – his first-ever goal for Spurs.
These returns saw the 25-year-old earn an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 8.8 – with only Son earning a higher score than the playmaker on the evening – while football.london’s Alasdair Gold awarded the former Juventus sensation a nine in his own player ratings.
As such, while the goals of Son will most certainly steal the limelight on Sunday morning, the show-running performance of Bentancur in the heart of midfield should certainly not be overlooked, as the Uruguay international was incredibly important in keeping Tottenham ticking on Saturday.