Harry Kane might have got the plaudits for his assists masterclass for Tottenham against West Ham today, but Jamie Redknapp was keen to point out Rodrigo Bentancur’s role in the Heung-Min Son’s goal.
Son slotted into the roof of the net via a deflection after being found by Harry Kane with a fine through ball. The pass from Kane was brilliant, and Son wouldn’t have scored without such class from the England skipper.
However, speaking on Sky Sports at half-time, former Spurs midfielder Redknapp was keen to point out what Bentancur did to start the move. And he insisted that the goal never happens if the Spurs midfielder doesn’t do what he does.
“How about this pass by Bentancur? That makes the goal! That pass, it’s great movement, but that risk of playing that pass between the lines into Kane’s feet. If he gets that wrong then Declan Rice takes it off him. Make no mistake, the pass from Kane is brilliant, but Bentancur, having the ability to just pass that ball through the lines is so important,” Redknapp said on Sky.
Bentancur has slotted in nicely with Tottenham since arriving in January. Alongside Hojbjerg in midfield, the Uruguayan has looked assured and composed.
TBR’s View: Bentancur Has Improved Tottenham
The object of signing players in January is usually to give the first XI a boost and Rodrigo Bentancur has done that.
He has been excellent since coming in and looks like he’s played in the Premier League for years. He is so calm, and like Redknapp points out, he’s willing to make those passes like today to create from deep.
Bentancur has been a shrewd signing and like Dejan Kulusevski, has improved the Tottenham first XI considerably.
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