By Tony Hughes
Robbie Savage hailed the extreme pace of Tottenham full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose as they combined to put Stoke to the sword with a 4-0 masterclass on Monday night.
Spurs ripped the home side apart at the Britannia Stadium to narrow the gap on leaders Leicester to five points with four matches of the campaign remaining.
Two goals apiece from Harry Kane and Dele Alli demonstrated that the north Londoners will not give up in their bid to win the English top flight for the first time in 55 years.
BBC pundit Savage was also hugely impressed by the performances of the full-backs, who created huge problems for the home side when they burst forward on the flanks.
“Stoke have got a huge problem when Spurs attack,” Savage told Radio Five Live at the end of the first half, as quoted by the BBC Sport website. “Dele Alli is getting into some great positions. Danny Rose and Kyle Walker…their pace on the counter is amazing.”
Rose has established himself as one of the premier left-backs in the Premier League this season, and started both of England’s matches during the recent international break.
Walker is deputy to Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne in the right-back position for England, but he is key to Spurs’ style of play with his buccaneering displays.
Spurs now have 68 points, while Leicester have 73 points, although Mauricio Pochettino’s side have a far superior goal difference.
Moreover, Leicester could be without ace striker Jamie Vardy for two of their final four matches of the season after he was slapped with an improper conduct charge by the Football Association on Monday evening.
In other Tottenham news, the Londoners have been given a major transfer boost ahead of the summer window.