Forget Son: £18m-rated “machine” who made 47 passes was Spurs’ unsung hero against Burnley
Tottenham Hotspur’s unbeaten streak continued on Monday evening as they edged past a resolute Burnley side at Turf Moor.
Jose Mourinho and his side haven’t lost since their opening day defeat to Everton and have now picked up successive clean sheets after the 1-0 triumph in the north-west.
It sees Spurs move into fifth in the Premier League table, just two points behind the Toffees.
And the Special One has that red-hot duo of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son to thank for a late winner as they combined for the 29th time in the Premier League.
The 27-year-old vice-captain swung in a ball for the South Korean to head him his eighth goal of the season in the 72nd minute – although on another day, it could’ve been a different story.
Ashley Barnes had a strike ruled out for offside before Kane denied fellow Englishman James Tarkowski with a goalline clearance.
The Clarets were arguably the better side, recording more shots (13) and creating more big chances (one) than the visiting Spurs side.
Aside from Son and Kane, there was another Spurs player that deserves to take the plaudits as was quite the unsung hero throughout the match – Moussa Sissoko.
It was another excellent and underrated showing from the French powerhouse – he doesn’t completely stand out with so many flashier players around him, but boy does he do the basics superbly.
Per FotMob, the 31-year-old made three recoveries, recorded four interceptions and notched a 94% accuracy from 50 passing attempts. He only lost possession four times from 60 touches too, and even committed four tactical fouls that broke up any swift Burnley attack.
Hotspur HQ graded the midfielder a 7.5/10 and said: “Sissoko is an extraordinary athlete, and he covered a lot of the Turf Moor pitch Monday evening. Between Sissoko and Højbjerg, nothing really troubled the defence too greatly and the flexibility to play inside and out affords the team to get creative with positioning.”
Sissoko’s industrious display allowed the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, substitute Erik Lamela and the prolific duo of Son and Kane to thrive further up the pitch.