Three of Tottenham’s best players so far this season
Gregor Vasconcelos names Tottenham's three-best performers this season
It is quite astonishing how Harry Kane has gone from Championship struggler to Premier League star in such a short period of time. Two years ago, he endured two fruitless loan spells at Norwich and Leicester. Last year, he only started eight games in all competitions for Tottenham, and he didn’t look set for more game time this season. However, Kane’s sparkling form in the Europa League, coupled with Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado’s appalling displays, have given the Englishman a chance in the Premier League. He already has 22 goals in all competitions and is virtually guaranteed a place in the next England squad. The Spurs talisman scored a total of four goals against Chelsea and Arsenal in early January, confirming that Kane can deal with the pressure. Still only 21, the future is bright for the Spurs youngster.
It speaks volumes that Hugo Lloris has arguably been the best goalkeeper in the Premier League this season despite his side’s poor record at the back. Spurs have the worst defence in the top-half of the league, with 34 goals conceded, but it could have been so much worse. Lloris tends to make things look much easier than they are. His reflexes and agility have saved his side countless times this season. A string of fine saves helped Spurs hold out for a point at The Emirates and against Manchester United at home. He may have made a couple of errors earlier in the season, but what goalkeeper hasn’t experienced a wobble. Spurs would be struggling without their captain.
This season, Christian Eriksen has developed from a promising player into an outright match-winner. His talent was never in doubt, in fact he was one of a few shinning lights in Tottenham’s disappointing 2013/14 season, but his decisiveness was. He has already scored 11 goals this term, surpassing last season’s total with more than three months of the season still to go. Six of those goals have been winners, three coming in the dying minutes of games. At times, Eriksen is perhaps not as involved as he should be for a number 10, but he’s still developing and will only get better. In the meantime, he will make up for that with that sweet right foot of his and maybe a last-minute free-kick straight into the top corner.