Three Tottenham players that shined versus Leeds
Although a few players had stinkers, fortunately, a few stepped up big for Tottenham Hotspur and helped them win the day.
A welcome return for Dejan Kulusevski
Whereas Richarlison’s return to the starting line-up was underwhelming, the return of Dejan Kulusevski to the side was game-changing. Kulusevski was a consistent outlet in the first half, combining well with Emerson Royal to drive p the right flank again and again.
Kulusevski’s work in the box was particularly impressive, giving Leeds defenders fits all afternoon. His big, soft touch to get around Liam Cooper and set up Rodrigo Bentancur for the winner was superb.
A difference maker, Kulusevski makes everyone better with his ability on the ball and the danger it brings to the opposition.
Another big day of goals for Rodrigo BentanScore
For not the first time this season, Bentancur was saving Spurs with a big goal. On Saturday, it was two goals, which first tied and then won the game for Tottenham.
It was not Bentancur’s best day before the goals, with him losing the ball near midfield, helping Leeds score their third goal.
However, Bentancur kept up the pressure and was in the right place at the right time, as he chested down a poor clearance from Leeds and then blasted a beautiful half-volley through the Leeds defense to draw the game level.
On the final goal, as Harry Kane deftly played Kulusevski in on the right, Bentancur was reading the play and positioning himself to give the Swede a passing option. When the ball came, Bentancur made no mistake as he side-footed the ball into the net for the game’s seventh and final goal.
Again, not his best match, but pushing through and scoring two huge goals made Bentancur a star on the day.
Ben Davies best of the lot defensively
Kane had a nice day, scoring Spur’s first goal and providing a pre-assist on the final goal. However, Ben Davies was the best of a bad bunch defensively for Tottenham, and the Welshman scored a big goal too.
While Summerville was giving Spurs fits on their right, Wilfried Gnonto on the Tottenham left was almost non-existent.
Excellent with his passing and coming through with a couple of strong tackles, Davies was sharp and ready on a day when other defenders were letting Tottenham down.
Davies’s biggest contribution was his goal, as he hit a wonderful shot off a rebound, tying the game at two. Often an overlooked contributor, Davies was the defensive leader on the day.