Heung-Min Son hat-trick as Spurs spank Villa 4-0

Tottenham Hotspur registered another impressive performance on the road as they dispatched Aston Villa by four goals to nil to move three critical points ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League.

Misery for Steven Gerrard as Conte delivered him his 4th Premier League loss in a row in what turned out to be a near-perfect weekend for Tottenham in their pursuits of Champions League qualification for next season.

Although Spurs went into the weekend in 4th, there was an opportunity for the teams just below them to either displace their position or at least provide a little heat at the top as the season begins to draw to a close. However, Arsenal lost to Brighton 2-1. Man Utd lost to Everton 1-0, and Brentford beat West Ham 2-0. All whilst Spurs picked up their 4th Premier League win in a row. Happy times.

A front three on fire

In this particular match, it was the clinical performances of the Spurs front three that made all the difference. Villa had plenty of shots and creates some great chances in the first 45, but just could not beat Hugo Lloris. Calamitous defending from Mings and Konsa was punished by a very in-form Tottenham attack.

News of Arsenal’s defeat in the early kickoff must have provided the Spurs starting XI with an extra spark as Kane and his merry men came out kicking. It took only three minutes for Heung-Min Son to drill a bouncing ball low into the corner of the Villa goal with his left foot. The ball bounced off Matty Cash from Harry Kane’s original effort and Son turned it into the net with aplomb.

To be fair to Villa, the players did not lose their heads and unleashed an almighty attack on the Spurs defence, registering 14 shots over the first half. A few of those, England International, Danny Ings would be horrified that he did not score. Tottenham’s defence remained true and battled through the first half well.

A clinical second half from Spurs

Tottenham really pulled away in the second half and their gulf in class upfront became evident. Harry Kane with a lovely headed layoff to Dejan Kulusevski provided the Swede with the opportunity he needed to get himself yet another goal contribution. Twisting and turning around the villa defence, the bright new Spurs star found the bottom right-hand corner from quite a tight angle. His impact on this Spurs side has been second to none.

In an almost identical assist to the second goal, Harry Kane glanced another excellent header unleashing Son in a 1-1. In his current form, you could have bet your house on him converting… which he did.

The final goal came from the feet of Son to complete his hat-trick. Another spout of excellent play from Kulusevski drew Villa players towards him. He picked an inch-perfect pass to Son who curled the ball past Martinez with precision.

The front three were stand out again today. Here’s the stat to prove it. Since the start of this year, the only two players in the entire Premier League with more goal contributions than Dejan Kulusevski (9) are Harry Kane (15) and Heung-Min Son (13).

I suspect that it won’t take Tottenham long to trigger the option-to-buy clause in Kulusevski’s contract and make his loan spell in North London a permanent fixture.

The Spurs starting XI

H Lloris ©
C Romero
E Dier
B Davies
R Bentancur
Højbjerg
E Royal
M Doherty
D Kulusevski
H Son
H Kane

The manager’s thoughts

After the game, Antonio Conte claimed that,

“It was a great win for us. Especially when you play a game after your rivals for a place in the Champions League – Wolverhampton, Manchester United and Arsenal – have lost. In this moment you start to feel the blood. It is important in this moment not to fail. We are working a lot on the mentality and the players are giving me satisfaction. For sure, to see this improvement makes me proud. It gives me great satisfaction. At the same time, I know we have to work on this improvement.”

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs will be looking for their 5th win in a row when they welcome Brighton to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday 16th April at 12:30. Get your VIP tickets for that match here.

Spurs make the short journey to West London the following week to play Brentford away. They then conclude their April fixtures at home against Leicester on the 30th of April.