A double from Son Heung-min extended Tottenham Hotspur‘s unbeaten run to 11 Premier League games and consolidated their position in the top four.
The South Korean international took his tally to 10 for the season with a goal in each half, as Spurs swept past Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium.
It was the ideal way for Mauricio Pochettino‘s men to warm up for their crunch Champions League last 16 second-leg tie at home to Juventus on Wednesday night.
The Terriers had come into this fixture following timely back-to-back victories that had invigorated their survival bid, but they were completely outplayed and succumbed to a 2-0 defeat.
Here are three talking points…
Son underlines his growing importance to Spurs
It’s no secret that Tottenham rely heavily on Harry Kane to provide the goalscoring threat.
The England international has spearheaded the attack with distinction in the past few years, but on the rare occasions he doesn’t find the net it’s important that another Spurs player stands up.
This season, that man has invariably been Son.
Despite not being deployed as an out-and-out-striker, the former Bayer Leverkusen star, who signed for just £22 million, has chipped in with important goals that have sustained Tottenham’s charge.
After a blistering start to the campaign, Son found himself out of the side for a period. However, he has fought his way back in, contributing with goals and assists.
In all competitions he now has 15 goals this season – that’s six more than Dele Alli – at a strike rate of better than one every two games.
Son’s reliability is one of his strengths and a reason why he is becoming a vital component of the squad under Pochettino.
Bigger battles ahead for below-par Huddersfield
After their recent upturn in form, Huddersfield supporters would have travelled to the national stadium with hope that their side could spring a surprise.
But it was not to be at Wembley, as Spurs flexed their muscles and carried on from where they left off in the second half against Rochdale in midweek.
It sounds obvious, but Huddersfield’s hopes do not rest on results against the likes of Tottenham – it’s the games against their rivals in the lower half of the table that matter.
With that in mind, the next four fixtures could be key to determining the fate of David Wagner’s side.
Make or break? It very much could be for Huddersfield.
Spurs’ attentions turn to the Champions League
Professional footballers though they may be, it would have been understandable if Spurs already had one eye on their mouth-watering Champions League encounter with Italian giants Juventus on Wednesday.
At 2-2 the tie is evenly poised, but with home advantage and two away goals in the bank, Tottenham have a realistic opportunity to progress to the last eight of the competition, knocking out last year’s runners-up in the progress.
Spurs are more than capable of reaching the quarter-finals and Pochettino, who celebrated his 46th birthday on Friday, will be buoyed by their recent endeavours.
Their unbeaten sequence, which stretches back to December, is the longest of any top-flight club.
Kane and Son are in prolific form in front of goal, while at the back, only two sides have better defensive records in the Premier League.
Juventus will put up stern resistance, but Tottenham are equipped to overcome the challenge.
David Wagner’s baffling Jonas Lossl decision laid bare in humbling defeat
The Danish goalkeeper has been dropped for Ben Hamer.
But as good as Manchester City were, they were helped out by an unconvincing performance from Ben Hamer.
He came rushing out for Sergio Aguero’s opening goal, should have saved Gabriel Jesus’ effort and spilled the ball for Aguero’s second.
It was a performance that Hamer would rather forget. But it also asks questions of David Wagner.
Hamer, who has made a career mostly as a back-up keeper since leaving Charlton Athletic in 2014. For four seasons he acted as a back-up to Kasper Schmeichel at Leicester City. This summer, Huddersfield signed him on a free transfer, where he was expected to be the back-up to Danish stopper Jonas Lossl.
But Hamer has started the season as the number one and it is hard to understand why.
Lossl spent last season on loan at Huddersfield from Mainz and it was made a permanent move in the summer. It came after he impressed for the club. He certainly has an error in him, but his shot-stopping ability make him a top option between the sticks.
Huddersfield’s decision to drop him is certainly bizarre. If a superior option had been brought in this summer, it would be understandable. Hamer is not a superior option. Huddersfield fans will surely hope to see Lossl back between the sticks for next week.
One in, one out: The Deadline Day deals Huddersfield should prioritise
Huddersfield desperately need to make some moves today
Huddersfield survived the dreaded drop by the skin of their teeth last season and will be going into the 2018/19 Premier League campaign with virtually the same squad.
However, with the deadline looming it’s looking likely that David Wagner’s side will make some moves today, and they’ll be needed if the Yorkshire side stands any chance of maintaining their Premier League status for another season.
Here, we take a look at one potential arrival, and departure Huddersfield should prioritise on deadline day.
Potential arrival – Patrick Roberts (Manchester City)
Sky Sports states that Huddersfield are keen to bring in the Manchester City winger on a season-long loan today, and this is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.
The Terriers desperately need to strengthen their wide options, after letting Tom Ince leave to Stoke City, they’ve got little-to-no-one on their wings who can cause a threat to the opposition.
Roberts has enjoyed a successful spell at Celtic, winning back-to-back domestic trebles and it’s this kind of winning mentality that Wagner vitally needs to incorporate into his starting XI.
The winger is still young and, at 21, is at the perfect age to be nurtured into something even better by Huddersfield’s enigmatic manager David Wagner.
Potential departure – Michael Hefele
Deadline day is often the perfect opportunity to get rid of the players on the wage bill who aren’t contributing anything to the first team, and Michael Hefele falls under this bracket for Huddersfield.
The German has made 39 appearances for Wagner’s side and, despite his cult hero status at the John Smiths Stadium, it’s time for the defender to move on.
Hefele was a massive player for Huddersfield during their historic 2016/17 Championship promotion to the Premier League. However, it seems as though David Wagner doesn’t see a future for the defender as he was left out of their pre-season tour.
Huddersfield Town should consider another Ivan Cavaleiro move after Adama Traore transfer
Huddersfield Town have been heavily linked with the Portuguese attacker this summer.
It appears Wolves are all set to sign Adama Traore from Middlesbrough in the coming days. The Express and Star report that a club record £18 million deal for the former Barcelona winger is set to be completed before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
It will be a major coup for Wolves, considering the obvious talent the 22-year-old possesses.
But should Huddersfield Town be taking note of this deal?
Wolves now have plenty of wide options. Along with Traore, they have Helder Costa, Diego Jota and Ivan Cavaleiro all present, along with fringe options such as Rafa Mir, Bright Enobakhare and Jordan Graham.
So should Huddersfield see if they can get their hands on a player they reportedly wanted earlier this summer?
The Terriers were heavily linked with a move for Cavaleiro back in June. It was even reported at one point that a £12 million deal had been agreed for the player.
That clearly never came to fruition. However, with the arrival of Traore, could Wolves be more susceptible to a potential sale. It has already been seen that key players from their promotion could be available. Huddersfield’s West Yorkshire rivals Leeds United got their hands on left-back Barry Douglas recently.
Whilst Ramadan Sobhi has arrived from Stoke the Terriers still need to bring in extra attacking power if they are to survive a relegation battle this season. Cavaleiro could be the man for the job.
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