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One player back to his best and four things we learned as Tottenham snatch late winner against Leicester City

One player back to his best and four things we learned as Tottenham snatch late winner against Leicester City

Tottenham snatch incredible late win at Leicester

Tottenham’s top-4 hopes were dealt a massive boost this evening as they came from a goal behind to defeat Leicester with the last kick of the game.

Goals from Patson Daka and James Maddison looked set to prove enough for Brendan Rodgers’ side to come away from the clash with all three points in the rescheduled affair, but two injury-time goals from Steven Bergwijn flipped the result on its head.

In the process, Spurs gained valuable points in what is threatening to be a very tight race for Champions League football, with West Ham just one point ahead of Antonio Conte’s side and Arsenal now two points behind, both having played more games than Spurs.

Here are 3 things 101 picked out from a thrilling evening in the midlands.

Emerson out of road?

Could Tottenham fans see the end of summer signing Emerson Royal after tonight?

Clearly struggling with Antonio Conte’s demands, the Brazilian defender was hooked at half-time in the affair for Matt Doherty, himself rumoured to have been offered back to Wolves this January.

While the pursuit of Adama Traore remains on for the Lilywhites to cover the right wing-back position, Conte himself admitted that the club may have to opt for less than top quality replacements in his pre-match press conference.

The question is, will they find a replacement for their summer addition, or will they be able to find a way to alter their playing style to suit the former Barca man, who had another night to forget?

Harry Kane back to his best?

It has been a torrid season for Harry Kane since his mega-money move away failed to materialise in the summer. The 28-year-old Tottenham talisman has just 4 Premier League goals to his name halfway through the season, and has looked a shadow of his former self.

However, certainly in the first-half at the King Power Stadium, it was a different story. With Heung-min Son absent through injury, it fell to the Englishman to take up the mantle, and he didn’t hesitate.

A half in which Kane saw shots cleared off the line on two occasions, as well as hitting the bar, was finally rewarded when he registered his customary goal against the Foxes.

Quieter in the second-half, Kane nevertheless showed glimpses of his best form in a Tottenham shirt once more. If Conte can bring that back out of him, a charge for the top-4 could well be on.

Midfield addition needed

A midfield trio of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp and Harry Winks always threatened to struggle from a creative standpoint, and that indeed proved the case this evening.

The decision to leave Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso on the bench from the start raised question marks, especially with the energetic Son absent from the forward line. And, despite Lo Celso’s late introduction, he struggled to make an impact in the game as it became increasingly stretched.

It seems clear that Conte needs a midfielder with a more creative toolbox in the centre of the pitch, something that could transform Spurs from Champions League hopefuls to favourites were he able to find Kane and Son or Lucas Moura with more regularity.

In the end, it didn’t matter, as history repeated itself and Spurs managed to down Leicester once more. But, in the longer run, failure to add midfield additions could come back to bite them.

Has Bergwijn saved his Tottenham career?

Seemingly out of favour under Conte, and subject to a £15 million bid from Ajax already this transfer window, Steven Bergwijn may well have just saved his Tottenham career.

Brought on in the 79th minute, the Dutchman came up with two crucial goals in injury time to turn the tie around, and send Tottenham above Arsenal in the race for the top-4.

Has he bought himself more time in north London?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

Tottenham betting odds, next game:

Norwich vs Tottenham odds: result, both teams to score, correct score & goalscorers

Norwich vs Tottenham Full time result
Norwich vs Tottenham Result/Both teams score Yes No
Norwich 14/1 18/1
Tottenham 8/5
Draw 7/1 22/1
Norwich vs Tottenham Correct Score
Norwich vs Tottenham Goalscorers First Last Anytime
Harry Kane8/5 8/5 8/15
Heung-Min Son7/4 7/4 8/13
Dane Scarlett13/5 13/5 10/11
Steven Bergwijn3/1 3/1 6/5
Dejan Kulusevski7/2 7/2 13/10

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 37 72 90
2 Liverpool FC 37 66 89
3 Chelsea FC 36 42 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 24 68
5 Arsenal FC 37 9 66
6 Manchester United 37 1 58
7 West Ham United 37 11 56
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 -3 51
9 Leicester City 36 0 48
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 37 -4 48
11 Brentford FC 37 -7 46
12 Newcastle United 37 -19 46
13 Crystal Palace 36 4 45
14 Aston Villa 36 -1 44
15 Southampton FC 37 -21 40
16 Everton FC 36 -20 36
17 Leeds United 37 -38 35
18 Burnley FC 36 -18 34
19 Watford FC 37 -42 23
20 Norwich City 37 -56 22

Premier League 21/22

Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 22
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 21
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Maddison, James Leicester City 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Richarlison Everton FC 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 11
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 10