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SPURS v LEEDS REVIEW: Kane and Son enjoy New Years record

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min equalled the Premier League record for most goal combinations in a season as the pair were pivotal to Tottenham's 3-0 win over Leeds in North London this afternoon.

Kane opened the scoring from the penalty spot, and would later go onto set up his South Korean attacking partner for his 100th goal for the club as the deadly duo combined for a 13th time this season, levelling the tally set by Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton at Blackburn in 1994-95, the year they won the Premier League.

Everyone knows the pair are key to any success for Spurs, they are arguably the most dangerous attacking pair in the League, and are now just 4 goals short of equalling the total record of 36 goals set by Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard while at Chelsea under current Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.

It was the first time Spurs scored 3 goals in a league game since they drew 3-3 with West Ham in October as the shackles finally came off and Spurs were dangerous and exciting when going forward. Their back line was also solid against a side who have caused most defences a number of problems this season.

Marcelo Bielsa's troops had their moments and peppered the Spurs goal with 16 shots, but they were missing something today, that usual zip and flair wasn't on show, they rarely looked like the side many have admired this season.

The early signs for Leeds were promising though as they found space and opportunities at the expense of Tottenham, but Spurs grew into the game and once took charge, never looked like letting up.

Ezgjan Alioski drilled into the side-netting for the visitors, while Patrick Bamford put a free header over from 12 yards after losing his marker in the box. He should have done much better.

Spurs, who have been heavily criticised for their lack of adventure in recent weeks, came alive and Kane flashed an effort just over before Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg shot straight at Leeds stopper Illan Meslier.

It was the hosts who took the lead in the 29th minute, but Leeds more than played their part in their own downfall. Whilst playing out from the back, like every club seem to do too much these days, Whites goalkeeper Meslier misplaced a simple pass to Harry Winks, who then found Steven Bergwijn and the Dutchman drew a foul out of Alioski for a penalty.

Up stepped Mr Kane, who made no mistake from the spot as he fired home his 17th goal of the season in all competitions.

Spurs should have doubled their lead 5 minutes later as Bergwijn again did brilliantly, turning in the box to find an angle to shoot, but the Spurs man could only fire over the bar.

Leeds rallied and worked hard for a response as Jack Harrison curled just over the bar, and Bamford shot straight at Hugo Lloris, but the half was to get worse for Leeds. And it was the trusted, deadly duo that came up trumps again for Spurs, as Kane whipped in a wonderful cross for Son at the near post, the South Korean finishing well.

Spurs killed the game 5 minutes after the restart with a third but young Leeds keeper Meslier will not want to watch it back as his difficult afternoon continued between the sticks. Son whipped in a delighful cross from a corner, Alderweireld's header at the near post was directed goalwards and goal-line technology ruled the ball had crossed the line by millimeters, though Eric Dier converted the rebound anyway just to be sure.

Jose Mourinho's side had been accused of sitting on leads in recent weeks but they did not do here as they racked up enough chances to score 4/5/6 + goals. With the attacking quality Jose has up his sleeve, this type of attacking performance is one I'm sure Tottenham fans want to see more often.

Son later chose the wrong option when he raced in on goal, Bergwijn saw an effort saved by Meslier, who also kept out Kane as the keeper tried to make amends for his earlier mishaps.

Leeds kept on pushing for a consolation but lacked the quality to make the breakthrough as Spurs won comfortably.

I predicted before the game that Leeds would struggle defensively. Their kamikaze attitude in these games VS the better sides is doing them no favour's. I think they need to start showing far more caution or heavy defeats away will become a regular occurrence. Their attack cant dig them out of holes every week, they need to learn to play more than 1 way.

Spurs pick up a much needed victory, they are still within reach of Liverpool and Man Utd which will gives Jose and his men every reason to want to push on from here. If they remain consistent, they could end up contributing towards a very exciting title race this season. But its Spurs..... we know what they're like!


Kane 29

Min Son 43

Alderweireld 50



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