Article by Scott Byrd – Follow @DSMSpurs
Tottenham swept aside Huddersfield in ravishing fashion in their week twenty-nine tilt at Wembley Stadium, as Son Hueng-Min shone brightly, as did Harry Kane and Dele, each with a brilliant assist to a Son goal. And while it can be argued that the team in its entirety performed well on the day, for me, two players made the absolute difference. Firstly, the aforementioned Son Hueng-Min, who spearheaded the attack, and secondly Eric Dier, who anchored the team as he so often does, in brilliant fashion.
Son broke the deadlock midway through the first half after Dele did well to find Son following Huddersfield’s decision to try to play him offside. The Korean international dipped his shoulder, broke to the right of the keeper and finished with his left foot, slotting into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. Son now has fourteen goals in the Premier League, equaling his tally from last season with nine games remaining, and he continues to cement himself as an x-factor amongst the squad, especially with regards to its attack. He then doubled Spurs lead shortly after the half off of a pinpoint cross from Kane, finishing cleverly with his head into the same corner as his first.
The depth of Son, Lamela, and even players such as Fernando Llorente and Lucas bring elements to the North London side that we haven’t seen since the eighties, and on this day, Son would be the highlight to echo this sentiment. His willingness to run at players and attack with either feet makes him especially dangerous, and to add to such, his complete cohesiveness with his teammates adds an impressive element to his play, and it was too much simply too much for Huddersfield.
As aforementioned, equally impressive was Eric Dier, who found himself back in the midfield with the return of Jan Vertonghen from injury. Dier was partnered with Mousa Dembele, a duo which was incredibly fashionable for Tottenham two seasons back, and it continuously shows with each week. Dier is continuously tasked with controlling the shift from a back three to a back four, and you will notice him shouting orders each time the fullbacks get forward, as he slots in between the two center-halves. He remained ever-present in the center of the pitch and controlled the tempo of the match, picking simple passes that saw Tottenham move in tandem up and down the pitch.
In a time in which Football is a game played with complete fluidity and transformation within a match, players such as Eric Dier and Son Hueng-Min (coupled with Eric Lamela, Wanyama, etc..) assure that Tottenham have numerous elements to their game and are able to adapt at a moments notice, and this showed heavily in the Spurs effort today. As Pochettino’s men now find themselves on a run of seventeen matches unbeaten, they will look to carry today’s form forward as they look to cement their place amongst footballs elite.