Tottenham Hotspur finally won two straight matches in 2022, pushing into fifth on the strength of a 3-1 win over West Ham; here are Spurs ratings from the momentous win.
Having struggled over the last 11 weeks to find consistency, Spurs looked like a cohesive team with a plan, leveraging the strength of a robust first half and a powerful counter-attack to beat West Ham. The win simultaneously pushes the Hammers down to seventh, while Spurs catapult over West Ham and Manchester United.
With solid play across the pitch, it was one of Spurs’ best performances of 2022, and the effort shows in our ratings.
Rating Spurs Attack
Tottenham again ran with a front three, showing an increasing continuity across the group as they continue to play together.
Right forward – Dejan Kulusevski – 7.5
If you are looking for an example of a forward having a big game without scoring or assisting a goal, you should re-watch Dejan Kulusevski against West Ham. Deki was tremendous in possession for Tottenham providing a consistent outlet up the right channel. Unlucky not to have assisted Son early for a goal, his relentless effort on the ball is part of an improving Tottenham team.
Centre forward – Harry Kane – 8
Doing everything but scoring a goal, which he probably should have done, Harry Kane was involved in all three goals for Tottenham. Kane played the cross the Zouma hit for the opening own-goal – Spurs 10th such goal on the season. Kane also played provider on both of Son’s official goals, hitting a beautiful diagonal on the second and winning the header to flick on Son for the third goal.
Left forward – Heung-min Son – 9
Heung-min Son would have had a hattrick if a ball had gone inside instead of outside the near post. Son was running toward the near post for the first goal Kurt Zouma knocked in, and he finished wonderfully in two other situations. A stepover and a solid left foot were too much for Zouma and Fabianski; then, Son was confident and sure, finishing a breakaway just before 90 minutes and icing the game. Any talk of a slump is gone.