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Kyle Walker-Peters completes a hat-trick of assists after just 35 minutes

Yes, you read that right...

Hearing rumours that Kevin De Bruyne pretends he’s Kyle Walker-Peters when he kicks a ball around in his back garden.

The Belgian likes to think he’s the Premier League’s king of assists but deep down he knows that title belongs to Spurs’ 21-year-old right-back.


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Having been granted a place in the starting line-up ahead of Kieran Trippier, Walker-Peters completed a hat-trick of assists after just 35 minutes at Wembley on Boxing Day.

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Festive cheer

Bournemouth’s defence failed to cope with the right-back’s energy and willingness to join every attack.

The first assist was relatively unspectacular as Walker-Peters found Christian Eriksen with a regulation pass before the Dane scored via a considerable deflection.

Eriksen’s strike means he has now equalled Philippe Coutinho on 18 goals from outside the area — the most of any player in the Premier League since Eriksen’s Spurs debut in 2013.

Synergy

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Synergy

Seven minutes later, Walker-Peters pounced on some loose defending from Charlie Daniels to nip in and win possession in Bournemouth’s box before offloading to Son Heung-min.

The South Korea international continued his red-hot form with a low drive into the bottom corner to double the hosts’ lead.

Finally, De Bruyne’s hero picked out Lucas Moura with a superb volleyed pullback after running in behind Daniels.

Under no pressure, the Brazilian converted to give Walker-Peters and unlikely but thoroughly deserved hat-trick of assists.

Creator, finisher

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Creator, finisher

Just like that, the England Under-21 international now has as many league assists this season as Roberto Firmino, James Maddison and Kieran Trippier.

Oh, and he’s provided one more league assist than Mesut Ozil has managed all season…

Funny old game at times, ain’t it?

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