The five best individual performances from Spurs’ historic unbeaten run

The five best individual performances from Spurs’ historic unbeaten run

By avoiding defeat against Manchester City on Saturday, Tottenham could make history.

Spurs are currently on their joint-longest unbeaten run of the Premier League era having gone 14 games without defeat, winning 11 and drawing three.

That run could be stretched to 15 this weekend as Mauricio Pochettino’s side aim to record their seventh league victory in a row.

Incidentally, their last league defeat came against Saturday’s opponents – City ran out 4-1 winners at the Etihad back in December.

Tottenham’s team displays have been mostly excellent since then, but their impressive form can also be put down to a number of fine individual showings.

So what were the five best individual performances from Spurs’ historic unbeaten run?

5. Christian Eriksen – Spurs 2-0 Manchester United

Manchester United went into their trip to Tottenham in January on the back of five straight wins across all competitions without conceding a goal.

But that soon changed when Christian Eriksen opened the scoring after just ten seconds at Wembley.

The Dane has been arguably been Spurs’ best player – certainly the most consistent – since December’s defeat at the Etihad.

And his all-round performance against United was one of his best during that spell as he produced six key passes and generally dictated the pace of the game.

Tottenham were totally dominant thanks to Eriksen – it could and probably should have been more than 2-0.

Key stat: Eriksen’s early goal was his 50th in all competitions for Spurs.

4. Heung-Min Son – Bournemouth 1-4 Spurs

Tottenham got off to the worst possible start at the Vitality Stadium last month, going behind in the seventh minute and losing top scorer Harry Kane to injury midway through the first half.

They responded brilliantly, equalising ten minutes before half-time through Dele Alli and going on to win convincingly by a 4-1 scoreline.

And no player was more influential on the day than Heung-Min Son.

The South Korean made up for Kane’s absence with two clinical finishes, in the process proving he can fill the centre-forward role whenever Kane isn’t able to in the future.

Those goals came during Son’s hottest spell of the season – his second strike at Bournemouth was his seventh goal in four games.

Key stat: Two of Son’s three Premier League away goals this season came against the Cherries.

3. Harry Kane – Spurs 5-2 Southampton

Harry Kane made history of his own in Tottenham’s Boxing Day victory over Southampton at Wembley.

The striker’s hat-trick took him up to 39 Premier League goals for the calendar year of 2017, surpassing Alan Shearer’s record of 36.

The treble also saw him reach 56 goals for club and country in 2017, a better tally than Lionel Messi (54) and Cristiano Ronaldo (53).

Two close-range efforts were followed by a beautiful chipped finish, earning Spurs one of their most convincing wins of the season so far.

It’s displays like this that have seen Kane emerge as one of Europe’s most coveted strikers.

Key stat: Kane’s hat-trick was his eighth of 2017 in all competitions.

2. Dele Alli – Chelsea 1-3 Spurs

After receiving plenty of criticism during an inconsistent few months for club and country, Dele Alli silenced his critics like only he knows how at Stamford Bridge.

The 22-year-old’s two goals secured Tottenham’s first league victory at Chelsea for 28 years.

Alvaro Morata and Christian Eriksen – he would have been named man of the match on another day – exchanged first-half goals, but the second half was all about Alli.

The attacking midfielder’s touch for his first goal was as good as you’re likely to see all season, and his second was a crucial moment in a tight match.

His displays have certainly been mixed this term, but Alli is becoming a player who almost always produces in big games.

Key stat: Alli’s brace came in his 100th Premier League game – being directly involved in 61 goals in those matches.

1. Harry Kane – Burnley 0-3 Spurs

Just three days before his hat-trick against Southampton, Kane bagged another three goals at Burnley.

It was Tottenham’s first match after the 4-1 defeat against Manchester City – a tough trip to Turf Moor probably wasn’t the fixture Pochettino felt his team needed to restore some confidence.

In the end, it proved to be the perfect antidote as Kane secured a much-needed win for Spurs.

The contest was relatively even until Kane took things into his own hands, which is what sees this individual performance rank higher than his exploits against Southampton.

The 24-year-old has the ability to win games on his own, and the evidence was on show at Turf Moor.

Key stat: Kane was responsible for eight of Tottenham’s 18 shots against Burnley.