Duncan Barr – Chief Editor
•Harry Kane netted a hat trick to help Tottenham to a 4-0 win over West Brom
•The victory was tainted by a second half injury to Jan Vertonghen
Harry Kane’s hat trick gave Tottenham its sixth straight Premier League victory on Saturday, lifting the Spurs over West Bromwich Albion with a 4-0 win. The match turned out to be the supplier of fantastic attacking display from Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
With Gareth McAuley adding to West Brom’s woes with an own goal at White Hart Lane, Tottenham climbed to second in the Premier League table. Despite the uneven scoreline, the only thing between Tottenham and a much more commanding victory was Ben Foster who halted Spurs on numerous occasions. However, Foster was let down time after time by the shambolic defending of Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson.
West Brom was unable to cope with the brilliant attacking play of Tottenham trio Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen. Danny Rose and Kyle Walker also provided a number of sublime deliveries in the attacking third to support the Spurs going forward.
Kane made his presence known for the visitors in the early stages of the match as he latched on to Rose’s cross, sending his shot narrowly over Foster’s goal.
The Spurs attack was frustrated several times in the opening 10 minutes by Kane’s British counterpart doing his best to help the West Brom cause. However, the England striker was able to break the deadlock in the 12th minute as he received a neat pass from Eriksen and scored with a sublime turn and finish strike into the top left corner, tallying his 60th goal for his boyhood club.
Conditions in North London soured for West Brom when Eriksen received the ball from Rose on the edge of the box and forced an own goal to double the Spurs lead, sending his shot off of McAuley and past Foster.
Though Foster was able to maintain the 2-0 deficit through most of the second half, Kane finished off West Brom as he half-volleyed a Kyle Walker cross into an open net, which was made possible by McAuley who was stripped of the ball on the edge of his own box.
Late in the second half, Dele Alli found Harry Kane with a delicately scooped ball over the Baggies defense, and the in-form striker made no mistake in completing his hat trick, volleying the ball into the bottom corner and adding to West Brom’s miseries.
A serious ankle injury to Jan Vertonghen on the hour mark, though, marred the victory which now sends Spurs to second in the standings, 7 points off leaders Chelsea.
Mauricio Pochettino admitted in the post-match press conference that the injury ‘looks very bad’. However, he insisted that they will not be in the market for center backs this transfer window.