The England international, once again showing superb versatility in recent weeks by slotting into our three-at-the-back system after shining so brightly in holding midfield last term, was impressed by our willingness to attack at every opportunity against the Baggies.
Joining Christian Eriksen, Kyle Walker and hat-trick hero Harry Kane to reflect on the game, he insisted it’s important for us to keep it up, with a tough test against Manchester City to come next weekend.
Here’s what the players had to say after our win over a notoriously hard-to-beat Albion side…
On our game plan
“I think we did really well, we stuck to what the manager wanted us to do in this formation and it seems to be working well for us at the moment. We knew that it would be a very tough game, we haven’t had much luck against them in recent times, I think we drew the last three games against them and last year it hurt when we drew with them right at the end of the season here, so it was really nice to get the win and for it to be such a convincing one.”
On the style of play that we produced
“I think we just need to keep going like this, keep wanting to improve and keep this ruthless streak that we’ve got at the moment where we’re not letting up, we’re aggressive and we’re on the front foot with and without the ball. We’re doing well with that at the moment and we just really need to stick with that.”
On Harry Kane
“He was fantastic. He’s been getting two goals in games quite often so to finally get a hat-trick is great for him and hopefully he can get some more before the end of the season.”
On finding the key to victory against the Baggies
“I think we just controlled it – we were really on our toes when we played forward and whenever they got the ball we got it back really quickly. We kept it going and created a lot of chances in the first 45 minutes in particular. We played very, very well in the first half and I think we controlled most of the second half as well.”
On our formation
“I think you just feel a bit more controlled when you have three at the back. When you move the ball quickly you have space to move it forward and if you take a good decision, which we did today a few times, then you create a lot of chances. I think they were just waiting and waiting for us which gave us the chance to build up and we did that very well in the first half.”
Pleased for Harry?
“Definitely. He’s had a very, very special week. First of all, congratulations to him and Kate for having a baby but also today he showed that he’s a very, very good player. He could have had six goals but he still had a very good day!”
On the outcome
“In the last couple of games we’ve played West Brom it’s been difficult to break them down. They’ve got a system that works for them so it was good to get the first goal, that killed their flow and we picked them off from there. Harry is always going to get goals and it was a great team performance.”
What about the saves Ben Foster made?
“I’ve been with him in the England squad and he’s an unbelievable keeper so full credit to him, but if you keep knocking at the door, the door will come down at some point. We got the breakthrough and from there, we put our foot on the gas and kept going.”
On different kinds of victories in recent weeks
“It’s the system we play, it’s what the gaffer wants us to do and we just have to believe in the way we play. Even if it’s not working, we still try to do the things we’ve worked on week in, week out. It’s paying off now. It’s still early though, we need to keep going with the same mentality and same attitude we have now.”
How much do you enjoy playing in this team?
“It’s nice, I’ve got the insurance behind me of Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama, who I think has been a fantastic signing to balance it all up, and it’s great to be able to get forward and show what I can do further up the pitch. It’s been nice to get a few more assists as it’s something I’m working on.”
What was the most pleasing thing about the team’s display?
“It was one of the best performances of the season, for sure, and one of the best since I’ve been here. It just shows how far we’ve come since last season. We’re on the right track again and we’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing, keep that standard up and I’m sure we’ll be alright.”
Were you worried you may not find a way past Ben Foster?
“Definitely. Even my first goal just snuck in there! Thankfully that went in and we built from there. Christian had a bit of luck with the second goal and we progressed from there and to finish it off with the third and fourth goals was fantastic.”
How are you feeling after the last seven days in your life?
“It’s been a whirlwind of a week, the birth of my daughter, that was incredible, an amazing experience, looking after her all week and then getting ready for this game and to score a hat-trick and win 4-0 in the way we did, I’ve not had many better weeks!”