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Tottenham 3-0 Leeds: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, English Premier League 3 Jan 2021

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Tottenham Hotspur were able to get their Premier League campaign back on track yesterday with an impressive 3-0 win over Marcelo Bielsa’s exciting Leeds United side. Today, we’re going to run through a few things that we’ve come to learn about both teams in the aftermath of the game.

Spurs finally turn it up

So many Tottenham fans have been left feeling frustrated by the type of football the first team are playing under Jose Mourinho. Those complaints are completely valid and have to be acknowledged, but yesterday, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min decided to take matters into their own hands. They work so well with one another and so long as they are in a position to keep providing fans with these moments of glory, the calls will continue for Mourinho to trust in his attacking options. Sure, they may pick up nice wins from time to time, but many believe it’s better to really go for the throat.

The Bielsa rollercoaster

Marcelo Bielsa has proven to himself and critics that Leeds United can thrive in the Premier League, but he’s also proven that there are clear and obvious defensive issues within their ranks. Nobody really knows whether or not that’s going to change in the January transfer window, but if you’re a Leeds fan, you need to prepare yourself for an inconsistent season. If they can steady the ship then perhaps that trend can change – but they’ll have to ensure they avoid relegation first, which is easier said than done.

Title potential?

Right now, Tottenham are priced as the fourth favourites to win the Premier League this season at 12/1 with 888sport. It’s probably more realistic to think that they finish in the top three or four and, to be honest, that’s okay. As a club, Spurs have come close to glory only to fall short – and it needs to be made clear that there is a very real chance that’ll happen again this time around. Liverpool and Manchester City are both brilliant teams and they’re bound to kick on between now and May, whereas Tottenham need to think about the long term.

Match Report

Tottenham: Lloris (7.5), Davies (7.5), Dier (8), Alderweireld (8), Doherty (5.5), Hojbjerg (8.5), Winks (7), Son (8.5), Ndombele (7.5), Bergwijn (7), Kane (9), Sissoko (6), Vinicius (6.5), Moura (6)

Leeds: Meslier (6.5), Dallas (6), Ayling (6), Struijk (6.5), Alioski (5.5), Phillips (7), Raphinha (6.5), Rodrigo (6), Klich (6), Harrison (6), Bamford (6.5), Poveda-Ocampo (6), Shackleton (6.5), Hernandez (6.5)

Referee: David Coote

Goals: Kane, Son, Alderweireld

Yellow Cards: Doherty x2, Winks, Hojbjerg, Phillips

Red Cards: Doherty

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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