Tottenham enters top four discussion with dismantling of West Ham

In a game in which the winner would be within two points of the top four, only one team apparently showed up to White Hart Lane. Tottenham systematically destroyed West Ham 4-1 to solidly be fifth place in the table, just two points behind Arsenal and Manchester City for third place.

Tottenham’s attacking was led by none other than Harry Kane, who scored two goals today and now has eight goals in his last five games. His first was a bit fortunate as the deflected ball fell right to his feet. But once the ball got there, he made a great turn and had an open shot at goal to make it 1-0.

After a Toby Alderweireld goal off a corner and a rather easy miss by Kane, Kane got it back to get his second goal of the game and put Spurs up 3-0. West Ham made a rather baffling defensive gaffe and Harry Kane obviously made them pay for that. Kane will be kicking himself by not getting the hat trick but two goals and three points has to be a great consolation prize.

Tottenham ended their goal run with arguably the best goal of the day. Kyle Walker got the fourth goal of the day by curling the ball on the outside of his foot past Adrian to really close it out. Even a West Ham goal right after wasn’t enough as Tottenham deservedly took the three points

Now I will admit, us along with the rest of the media, haven’t really talked all that much about Tottenham and their journey of going on a top four run. I don’t think anyone can avoid this team anymore. After losing their first game of the EPL season to Manchester United, Tottenham have been unbeaten (six wins and six draws) in their last 12 games, Tottenham have been racking up the points and have quietly caught up to the big teams up top.

Tottenham is doing what many successful teams want to do. If a team draws away and wins at home, that will get you very high in the table and maybe even the title. I don’t believe Tottenham is a title contender but if they can convert some of those draws into wins and maybe get a player or two in the winter, they can definitely make it interesting up top.

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