The all-action Argentine delivered in style as we tore apart Monaco in the first half to secure top spot in Group J of the Europe League.
Erik fired home the first from Ben Davies’ cut back on two minutes, drilled home from distance for the second on 15 minutes and completed his treble with his right foot on 37 minutes.
It was the first hat-trick in the first half by a Spur since Les Ferdinand put Bolton to the sword in the League Cup back in December, 2001.
The French side responded in the second half but we had the final word with another notable first – Tom Carroll’s first goal for us to make it 4-1.
Erik, in fine form this season, was all smiles afterwards. “It’s true, it’s a special moment for me,” he said, clutching the signed matchball. “I would like to dedicate it to my family and all the supporters.
“I’m happy for me and for the team because we won and we took three points.
“The most important thing is that we won and we played like a team in the 90 minutes.
“The mentality is good and we’re happy but we need to keep working every day.”