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Rodrigo Bentancur was an unsung hero in Spurs’ win over Leicester City

Tottenham Hotspur boosted their top-four hopes in the Premier League with an impressive victory over Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.

Harry Kane ended his goalscoring duck with a 22nd-minute header to open the scoring before a sublime brace from Heung-min Son sealed all three points in N17.

There was time, however, for an injury-time effort from the visitors as they were well-beaten 3-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Antonio Conte’s enigmatic duo will certainly take plenty of the plaudits, given it was their attacking exploits, alongside substitute and game-changer Dejan Kulusevski, that clinched the well-deserved victory.

However, another one of Spurs’ stars was arguably the biggest unsung hero of the afternoon – Rodrigo Bentancur.

The near-£16m January addition from Juventus was an absolute animal in midfield, even if he picked up his fourth yellow card in his last five outings.

As per SofaScore, the 24-year-old was graded as the Lilywhites’ second-best performer (7.5) behind the South Korean sensation (9.2), and it’s easy to see why.

The Uruguayan machine led the game for tackles (four) and interceptions (three), proving to be a real thorn in Brendan Rodgers’ side as the likes of Ayoze Perez and Boubakary Soumare struggled to contain his presence in the engine room – often where a game can be won or lost.

Who was your Spurs MOTM vs Leicester?

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He also won a whopping 75% of his duels, both on the ground and in the air.

Elsewhere, Bentancur proved to be just as industrious with the ball at his feet, managing to register 32 accurate passes at an accuracy rate of 84%, also registering a 100% dribble success rate and he even created one key chance, via SofaScore.

‘Dominated in midfield for much of the match, setting the tone with some crunching tackles in the centre of the pitch in the early stages. Got a standing ovation when he came off in the second half,’ wrote football.london reporter Alasdair Gold in his post-match ratings, which only emphasised just how impressive the £22.5m-rated midfielder was on the day.

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Former Spurs midfielder Micky Hazard once compared the former Juve ace to Luka Modric, claiming: “Very impressed with Bentancur, what a good signing he looks, reminds me a bit of Modric, calm and composed but blimey he works so hard and wins so many balls. He will do for me.”

Indeed, Bentacur – on the above evidence – was not only once again shades of Modric but an absolute unsung hero for Conte and co against the Foxes.

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