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Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur netted 4 second-half goals against Stoke City at Wembley to climb above rivals Arsenal into 5th place in the Premier League table. Tottenham went ahead when Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross accidentally put the ball into his own net but the goal galore started after the interval.

Son Heung-min doubled the lead after Dele Alli’s pass had unlocked the Stoke defence before Kane’ header made it 3-0.

Kane then made it 4-0, Christian Eriksen got in on the act too. Travelling Stoke fans had something to cheer about as Shawcross headed into the net 10 minutes from the end, offering mere consolation.

Let’s take a look at how the Tottenham players fared in their thumping 5-1 win over Stoke.

Spurs Player Ratings

Hugo Lloris- 6/10

Was not troubled too much but produced a brilliant save to deny Xherdan Shaqiri in the second-half. Excellent when needed but should have done better with the corner kick that created Shawcross’s header.

Kieran Trippier- 7/10

Crossed in plenty of good balls into the box and made some good tackles down the right.

Eric Dier- 7/10

A solid showing at the back. Looked comfortable playing alongside Jan Vertonghen in a back four.

Jan Vertonghen- 7/10

Very commendable performance from the towering Belgian. His highlight of the game was when he denied substitute Peter Crouch late on with a fantastic tackle.

Ben Davies- 7/10

His cross from the left for Kane’s header was pin-point. Marauded up and down the left flank to good effect. An adventurous display from the Welshman.

Mousa Dembele- 6/10

He was miles better than what he was on Wednesday. That rustiness is still there but should be able to overcome it with a couple of back to back games. Bossed the midfield but committed some fouls and was eventually booked.

Harry Winks- 8/10

Exerted calmness in the midfield when it was needed. Kept winning the ball and sprayed passes around the midfield. He worked hard throughout the game and went off to a rapturous applause. Excellent!

Heung-Min Son- 9/10

Destructive on the counter-attack. His cross was deflected home by Shawcross and he missed a golden chance to score in the first-half. Made amends for it with a grand finish early in the second half before setting up Eriksen’s goal with a through ball. Another fabulous display by the South Korean.

Christian Eriksen- 7.5/10

Finally a good game for the Danish playmaker after some barren displays. Eriksen tested Jack Butland with a curling free-kick. He was involved in Kane’s second goal and got himself on the score-sheet with a left-footed drive in the second-half past the sprawling Butland.

Dele Alli- 6/10

Industrious from the first view of his game, but was certainly not impactful except the assist for Son. Alli needs to get his mojo back as soon as possible. He was replaced by Erik Lamela.

Harry Kane- 8/10

The Stoke defenders were petrified and utterly outclassed by Kane. The striker was guilty of missing a couple of chances in the first-half. However, he made it up with a header and a low shot. Was denied a hat-trick late on by Butland. It could have been five for Kane had he been at his clinical best.

Moussa Sissoko- 5/10

Brought a bundle of energy with his entrance.

Erik Lamela- 6.5/10

Lamela replaced Alli for his first Tottenham home game on the other side of his 13-month injury lay-off. Almost set up Kane and was then denied by Butland.

Fernando Llorente- N/A

Came on in the 86th minute and had very little time to do anything extraordinary.




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[Video] Amazing new time-lapse footage showcases pitch and seating areas of Tottenham’s new stadium



Tottenham new stadium

Tottenham’s new stadium is towards completion and a new time-lapse video from last week has been shared which highlights the final stages of work being done.

The video begins with a view of the exterior where cranes are working on one section of the structure. The next part features an aerial view of the entire stadium. The video shows construction being done throughout the night to get the venue ready as quickly as possible.

A clip from the video showcases a section where numerous glass panes are yet to be installed, however, a number of cranes and workers are on the job.

The pitch was installed a week ago and an interior shot displays the grass and the artificial pitch lighting. It is great to see that most of the seats are installed and the LED hoardings across the seating area of the stadium.

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Hopefully, the venue will be completed quickly. Tottenham have spent a lot of time away from home with Wembley being used as a temporary ground. We even played a Carabao Cup game against Watford at Stadium MK.

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“Star on and off the pitch” – Some Tottenham fans react to Spurs star’s hilarious dance



Lucas Moura

Lucas Moura seems to be enjoying his season with Tottenham. The Brazilian had a fantastic performance against Manchester United a few weeks ago and was even recalled to the Brazil squad during the recent international break.

The former PSG man has become a starter for Spurs and a recent video was shared by Moussa Sissoko of the Brazilian dancing.

Some Tottenham fans reacted to the Moura dance and loved every second of it.

Spurs beat West Ham in a tough London derby on Saturday and will need another quality performance against PSV Eindhoven in midweek.

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Tottenham have lost their two Champions League group games this season, and we need to defeat the Dutch team to have any chance of making it into the next round.

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Tottenham downplay interest in signing 25-year-old Colombian star



Wilmar Barrios

Wilmar Barrios

Tottenham have no plans of signing Wilmar Barrios from Boca Junior, sources have told ESPN. The Colombian international had a decent World Cup with the national side and was linked with a move to Spurs, according to the report.

Reports (h/t ESPN) suggested that we had agreed on personal terms with the 25-year-old’s representatives and were preparing a bid for the midfielder.

However, sources have told ESPN that there were no discussions in the summer and he isn’t a target for Mauricio Pochettino in the winter window.

Spurs were the only club to not sign a player in the summer but the manager was open to signings in January.

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

The manager was quoted by ESPN as saying:

“In football you always need to think you can improve, and you need to try to improve your squad.

“We couldn’t sign [in the summer] for different circumstances, but we wanted to sign.

“Now January will come and we’re going to try to sign. I think it’s not only us — all the clubs and managers want to sign players, must refresh the squad.

“We need to try again in January or the summer if we want to move on the team and the club.”

Spurs are in a great position in the Premier League as we are just a couple of points behind the league leaders.

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Hopefully, the right signings can help us push on this season and lead us to our first ever Premier League title.

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