Harry Kane continued his fine form as the creative hub of Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur side as they thrashed Aston Villa in their own backyard on Saturday evening.
The win puts Spurs in a very healthy position in the race for the top four, leaving it in their own hands heading into the final month of the 2021/22 season.
Heung-min Son will take plenty of the plaudits, haunting the Midlands outfit – as he often does – with a hat-trick as he and his attacking teammates put in a clinical masterclass.
A trio of fine finishes with an equally sublime effort from Dejan Kulusevski sealed the victory up at Villa Park and it moved them three points clear of arch-rivals Arsenal in fourth place.
Kane may appear to have taken a backseat on the night, failing to score for a third game running in the Premier League, but he was once again a major creative outlet as he contributed his eighth and ninth assists of the season, in which five have come in that barren three-game run.
One of these assists saw him flick on a long ball from Cristian Romero straight into the path of Son, who raced in between the two Villa centre-backs before slotting past ex-Gunners goalkeeper Emi Martinez with aplomb.
With the likes of Brighton, Brentford, Burnley and Norwich City on the horizon, Conte will be delighted with the way his side – particularly Kane – is playing.
On top of those two assists, he was also involved in a third with another well-timed and pin-point header, and he also registered three successful dribbles, made 93% of his 15 passing attempts and won a whopping 14 duels, both on the ground and in the air, as he had Three Lions’ teammate Tyrone Mings’ number all game.
Indeed, just as analyst Statman Dave suggested on Twitter, it was a “complete CF display” from England’s no.9. Meanwhile, the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick dubbed the £90m-rated talisman “decisive“, with football.london’s Tom Clark also described the form Kane’s in as “ridiculous” even without scoring.
Both Mings and Ezri Konsa will be having nightmares following that display from Kane and without him, you’d have to wonder if Son would’ve got the chances he did.
The 28-year-old striker is one of the most important cogs to this Conte system and we witnessed a creative masterclass at Villa Park. He ran the proceedings, there’s no doubt about that.
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