Tottenham star Mickey van de Ven sends five word James Maddison response after Luton goal


Tottenham defender Mickey van de Ven has hailed teammate James Maddison following their 1-0 win over Luton Town yesterday.

The pair linked up for the game's only goal but not before Spurs midfielder Yves Bissouma was sent off for a second bookable offense when he went down without contact deep in the Luton half. Referee John Brooks then booked him for simulation and he was given his marching orders just a minute before the halftime whistle arrived.

After the break, Luton squandered a golden chance to take the lead when Chiedozie Ogbene broke past Udogie to play a ball across the box but despite having one half of the goal open in front of him, Elijah Adebayo couldn't find the back of the net.

Fortunately for Ange Postecoglou's side though, Maddison would once again work his magic down the byline. As he received the short corner from Dejan Kulusevski, he weaved past Alfie Doughty and fired a ball into the box and Dutch Under-21 international Van De Ven snapped it home to give Spurs the lead.

Following the goal, there was a period of Luton relentlessness as they desperately tried to get back into the game but it was to no avail as Spurs went to the top of the Premier League for the first time since August 2021. After the result, Postecoglou pointed out Van De Ven's performance.

"They've [Van De Ven and Romero] been great all year, both of them, the whole back four and Vic. I think a big part of that is Romero because when you look at it, it's Destiny's first year in the Premier League, Micky's first year in the Premier League, Vic's first year and Porro just beginning his Premier League career, but they've got a World Cup winner beside them and I think he makes them feel like they belong. They feel really comfortable having him beside them and you can see them flourish.

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"Micky was outstanding today with the way he dealt with it. We knew when playing here against Luton we would have to deal with a lot of long balls and physicality, but you know Micky has outstanding physical qualities but he's also maturing and learning as a player as well."

After the match, Maddison took to Instagram and posted two photos of the pair celebrating the goal together with the caption: "Another dub & assist for the big man’s first goal. What a boy & what a player, well done brother @mickyvdven", along with a white heart and prayer sign emoji.

The defender then responded in the comments with a 'love-heart-eyes' emoji and said: "Thanks for the assist brother!". Fellow teammates Christian Romero and Emerson Royal both responded, with the Argentinian sending three 'clapping' emojis while Royal sent three red hearts.

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