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Tottenham 2021/22 season review: Top scorers, assists & player of the year

Jude Summerfield
Son has led from the front for Tottenham this season
Son has led from the front for Tottenham this season / David Rogers/GettyImages

A topsy-turvy Tottenham season culminated with Champions League qualification being secured on the final day of the campaign.

From the bleak days of Nuno Espirito Santo to the passion and chaos of Antonio Conte, Spurs are now in a position to push on this summer - if they can convince their manager to stay on.

Here's the rundown on their 2021/22 season, from their player of the year to the biggest disappointment.

Tottenham 2021/22 player of the season

Son Heung-min

Tottenham fans have firmly left their bitterness over Harry Kane's summer of 2021 behind, but even the England captain was no match for Son Heung-min this season.

The South Korean carried Spurs on his back at the start of the campaign and played a major role in their end of season push for a Champions League position.

He ended up winning the Golden Boot, sharing the award with Mohamed Salah as both scored 23 goals in the Premier League.

Honourable mentions: Harry Kane, Dejan Kulusevski, Hugo Lloris

Tottenham 2021/22 goal of the season

Steven Bergwijn vs Leicester

There might have been a few more blockbuster strikes than Steven Bergwijn's second at Leicester, but in the context of Tottenham's season, it wins this award.

Deep, deep, deep into stoppage time having just drawn Tottenham level, the Dutchman charged onto Harry Kane's through ball, rounded Kasper Schmeichel and scuffed the ball into the far corner past some despairing dives from Foxes defenders.

Cue limbs in the away end of the King Power Stadium.

Honourable mentions: Lucas Moura vs Norwich, Son Heung-min vs Newcastle, Dejan Kulusevski vs Norwich

Tottenham 2021/22 performance of the season

Manchester City 2-3 Tottenham

Having just lost three games on the trot, the last thing Spurs realistically needed was a trip to eventual Premier League champions Manchester City.

However, they put in a peak Antonio Conte performance, twice taking the lead before stealing it at the end with Harry Kane's header.

Kane was the leader in that fixture, scoring twice to show Pep Guardiola what he missed out on in the summer.

Honourable mentions: Leicester 2-3 Tottenham, Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham

Tottenham 2021/22 signing of the season

Dejan Kulusevski

Talk about a game-changer.

Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn had been given opportunities alongside Kane and Son in the front three, but neither had made the position their own.

Dejan Kulusevski came in during the January transfer window and gave Spurs a unique threat on the right, freeing up space for the renowned strike duo while showing his own talent in front of goal.

Cristian Romero and Rodrigo Bentancur have also been spectacular, but the ginger Swede just about gets the nod. He's also got the best chant at the club, too.

Honourable mentions: Cristian Romero, Rodrigo Bentancur

Listen to Oh What a Night, 90min's Tottenham podcast. On this week's episode, Sean Walsh and Jude Summerfield discuss Champions League qualification, Son Heung-min's Golden Boot and Antonio Conte's big summer.

Tottenham 2021/22 most improved player

Eric Dier

Once a lamentable presence in the team, Eric Dier is now a mainstay under Conte.

Suiting the central role in Conte's back three to a tee, the 28-year-old has shown his passing range and leadership qualities in defence, perfectly complementing the authoritative Cristian Romero and the reliable Ben Davies.

Honourable mentions: Ben Davies, Matt Doherty, Oliver Skipp

Tottenham 2021/22 disappointment of the season

Nuno Espirito Santo

You could look at this two ways. The first disappointment was that Tottenham spent the 2021 summer chasing managers and ended up with the uninspiring appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo.

Secondly, the style of play and results towards the end of his reign were truly turgid, while his manner with the players and press was as closed off as possible.

Thankfully, Spurs acted quickly enough to ditch the former Wolves boss and bring in Antonio Conte in November.

Dishonourable mentions: Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso

Tottenham 2021/22 most appearances

  • Harry Kane - 50 (37 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, 5 Carabao Cup, 5 Europa Conference League)
  • Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg - 48 (36 Premier League, 2 FA Cup, 5 Carabao Cup, 5 Europa Conference League)
  • Hugo Lloris - 43 (38 Premier League, 2 FA Cup, 2 Carabao Cup, 1 Europa Conference League)
  • Ben Davies - 43 (29 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, 5 Carabao Cup, 6 Europa Conference League)
  • Eric Dier - 40 (35 Premier League, 1 FA Cup, 1 Carabao Cup, 3 Europa Conference League)

Tottenham 2021/22 top scorers

  • Harry Kane - 27 (17 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, 1 Carabao Cup, 6 Europa Conference League)
  • Son Heung-min - 24 (23 Premier League, 1 Europa Conference League)
  • Lucas Moura - 6 (2 Premier League, 1 FA Cup, 2 Carabao Cup, 1 Europa Conference League)
  • Dejan Kulusevski - 5 (5 Premier League)
  • Steven Bergwijn - 4 (3 Premier League, 1 Carabao Cup)

Tottenham 2021/22 top assisters

  • Harry Kane - 10 (9 Premier League, 1 Europa Conference League)
  • Son Heung-min - 8 (7 Premier League, 1 Europa Conference League)
  • Lucas Moura - 8 (6 Premier League, 2 Europa Conference League)
  • Dejan Kulusevski - 8 (8 Premier League)

Tottenham 2021/22 record in all competitions

  • Premier League - P38, W22, D5, L11, GF 69, GA 40, GD +29, Pts 71, Position 4th
  • FA Cup - P3, W2, L1, GF 6, GA 3, fifth round
  • Carabao Cup - P5, W3, L2, GF 5, GA 6, semi-finals
  • Europa Conference League - P8, W3, D1, L4, GF 14, GA 12