To anyone who thought Harry Kane was just a flash in the pan, the Tottenham Hotspur striker would like to respectfully disagree. His hat-trick saw Spurs thrash AFC Bournemouth 5-1 this afternoon.
It took only 49 seconds for Bournemouth to open the scoring – but Harry Kane needed just 54 minutes to get his three. Kane dominated the Cherries in every phase of the game and his incredible performance helped Spurs run away with the game in the second half en route to an impressive victory on the road.
Here, CaughtOffside rates how Mauricio Pochettino’s side performed at the Vitality Stadium…
GK: Hugo Lloris – 6/10
Lloris loses points for being caught unawares for the first goal, but from then on he could do no wrong – or rather was not needed to do that much right due to Tottenham’s domination of the game.
DF: Danny Rose – 6/10
Rose had a hot-and-cold game, clearing the ball four times but also conceding several fouls and drawing a yellow card.
DF: Jan Vertonghen – 6/10
After the first goal, the Spurs defence really settled down and started playing more compact. Vertonghen would not let the Cherries anywhere near the goal for most of the match.
DF: Toby Alderweireld – 7/10
Not sure whether to credit Alderweireld for getting open so easily from corners or to criticise him for not capitalising on it enough. With eight clearances, he was sound defensively too.
DF: Kyle Walker – 7/10
Good defensive effort by Walker who had the Bournemouth left on lockdown for most of the match.
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