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Player Ratings: Spurs 4-1 West Ham

You could argue that this game was one of our finest performances of the season so far, as two goals from Harry Kane helped Spurs thrash rivals West Ham at White Hart Lane. It was a fantastic, all round team performance from our boys, putting us a point behind Arsenal in fourth, and four points off Leicester at the summit of the Premier League. Who were our star performers? Well, let’s take a look at the Tottenham player ratings against West Ham.

Hugo Lloris: 6

It’s been a tough week for our captain, but he played well today, doing his duty when called upon, which in all fairness was a rarity. Lloris will be disappointed to not have kept a clean sheet, but for the other 88 minutes of the game, he was rarely tested.

Kyle Walker: 7

A relatively good outing from Walker, who managed to get on the score sheet on his 100th appearance for Spurs. The only thing of note, apart from the goal, was his mistake for the West Ham goal. Sure, it was 4-0 with a few minutes left, but he will still be kicking himself nonetheless.

Toby Alderweireld: 8

Find me another man in football who can head the ball so often in a game, and his hair remain perfect from the first minute to the last? Toby Alderweireld had a great game at the back today, as well as getting a goal for himself, and it honestly seems like whenever a ball is played into the box, he can read the future, as he is always there to clear the danger. Easily one of the buys of the summer in the Premier League.

Jan Vertonghen: 7

Once more, Jan and Toby’s love story at the back adds another chapter, with the two Belgians having stellar games for Spurs. Vertonghen was out of the limelight a bit in this game, but he still managed to keep his composure, and deal with any danger thrown at them.

Danny Rose: 7

Solid once more from Rose, who has grown into an integral part of our side, with his attacking threat and defensive work. Not much else to comment on, other than he is one of our most consistent players every week, including today.

Eric Dier: 7

His transformation to a holding midfielder was showcased to its max today, as Dier showed that he is more than capable in the middle of the park. He can break up play, start attacks, he plays the ball with poise and finesse, and he gives both attackers and defenders a safety net.

Dele Alli: 7

A great attacking threat who should have gotten a goal today, but thundered his header against the bar. A quiet game considering his recent performances, but the most important part of the game for him is that he will miss the game against Chelsea through suspension.

Christian Eriksen: 8

A great game from the Great Dane, who seems to effortlessly and silently change and dictate the game. Assisting Alderweireld, Eriksen floated around, allowing others to flourish, in a great performance once again.

Mousa Dembele: 8

Now this is the Dembele we all wanted to see for about 3 years. He bullied the West Ham players off the ball, and at one point, I thought he had glue on his boot. The man is a genius! Today, he was just magnificent to watch.

Heung-Min Son: 7

Such a bundle of energy in this game that he pressed every one at least once. Son has been a great addition to the team, and while he didn’t really have sights on goal, he certainly helped the team.

Harry Kane: 9

Two goals from the England striker, and they were goals that really showed that Kane is back to his best. Goals feel better when Kane scores them, and there is no stopping this man when he’s in this kind of form. His work off the ball is superb, and his hold up play, as well as his link up play, are amongst the best that I have ever seen in the Premier League.Kane is slowly showing he is an all round striker, topped off with the fact that he’s one of our own!

Do Eric Dier And Dele Alli Deserve Their England Call-Ups?

On Tuesday evening, when the whole of Wembley Stadium arises for the entrance of England v France, the world will have their eyes fixated on the game. Speculation of the French line-up has been circling Social Media, whilst the England team has been kept under wraps. Roy Hodgson may want to rotate the squad slightly, and cast an eye on those who are usually on the bench for the national side, in particular Eric Dier and Dele Alli, two Tottenham Hotspur boys, amongst those pushing for a start.

On the back of the comments made by Danny Murphy in midweek about Dier and Alli “not being ready” for the senior side, it got me thinking about some players and their readiness for the national squad, and how you can actually tell when they’re ready to represent their nation.

As Spurs have shown this season, if you put faith in top young stars, they can repay you and many will agree that youth is the way forward for England. With Terry, Cole, Ferdinand, Lampard and Gerrard all gone, England will need to replace those players with youth, and I can’t help but look at Dier and Alli for the centre of the park. Two young, hungry and incredibly talented players, who have played for the Under-21’s and not just leapfrogged that stage and jumped straight into the senior squad, yet that isn’t good enough for some? For some, they are the epitome of how “easy” is it to get a call-up.

This season is Dier’s first in midfield, and Alli’s first season in the Premier League, after spending his whole career in League One with the Milton Keynes Dons. The boys clearly have talent, but with the mentality of “their too young”, they will probably have their international career hampered.

Imagine what would have happened to Manchester United if they were criticized for fielding the Class of ’92? They were good enough for the first team, and age never mattered to Sir Alex Ferguson, so what makes Roy Hodgson above that? If someone is good enough for the England squad, then why can’t they start in the first team?

Michael Carrick is a great player, but as he showed against Spain, he just isn’t up to the pace of top international teams. With James Milner injured, and no one really in line to step up into the team, why not play Dier and Alli? It’s worth seeing how the guys can do on the international stage.

I’m sure every Tottenham fan will want to see our boys in the England squad, and I know that we all believe that Dele Alli and Eric Dier can make it at the highest level. Besides, on a personal level, I want a boy from Milton Keynes become a key player for the England team!

Player Ratings: Spurs 2-1 Anderlecht

It wasn’t exactly a pretty victory, but we very rarely win well in the Europa League, but a 2-1 win gives the boys a good boost ahead of the always important North London Derby this coming Sunday.

Let’s talk about the player ratings, shall we?

Hugo Lloris: 7

A solid performance once more from the Frenchman, who is looking so good between the sticks as of late. Rarely troubled in this game except for the goal, but there was hardly anything Hugo could have done to stop it.

Kieran Tripper: 6

Again, a solid performance, which wasn’t entirely spectacular. Most of the team tonight just put in a good shift, and at the end of the day, these lads got the victory for us to send us top of the group.

Toby Alderweireld: 7

I said it the other day, but what a signing this boy is turning into! Every time he steps onto the pitch, he just oozes class, and his partnership with Jan Vertonghen is looking like one of the best in the Premier League. I’m sure Jermaine Jenas agrees me.

Jan Vertonghen: 7

I would love to comment more, but if you want to know how Super Jan played, see Toby Alderweireld.

Ben Davies: 7

A solid performance yet again from the Welshman, who played well, with one exception. If only he was alert on the Anderlecht goal, Ezekiel wouldn’t have snuck in around the back. With that one exception, Davies had a good game, but he will probably be back on the bench for Sunday.

Eric Dier: 6

Quiet is the word I’d use to describe Dier this evening. Not in a bad sense, but he just didn’t really do anything of note. We all know of the big news about Dier, so congratulations on a well deserved call up to the England squad.

Dele Alli: 6

Sloppy passes were littered all out for the Milton Keynes boy, but at 19, I think you can allow games like this, especially considering how good he has started his Tottenham career.

Erik Lamela: 6

He could have had a much better game and rating, but Lamela didn’t really connect with the flow this evening. I think he changed boots twice, but that didn’t work, and after having a decent looking penalty shout turned down, Lamela looked down and out.

Christian Eriksen: 6

A quiet game from the Great Dane by his standards. Not much to discuss for this one, except for the fact he subbed off early to give him some rest ahead of the North London Derby.

Ryan Mason: 6

Again, not much to talk about except that his return to fitness has put him back in contention for a spot against Arsenal this Sunday.

Harry Kane: 8

Scoring once more can only mean good things for Tottenham. If there was ever a time for Kane to come back to form, it would be before our three toughest games so far of the season. If we can feed Kane like we did against Bournemouth, then we could see the return of the HurriKane.

Subs:

Mousa Dembele: 8

My Man of the Match for this game, as his impact on the game, as well as the goal, won this match for Spurs. His thunderbolt was an absolute dream to see fly into the top corner, and if we can keep Dembele going in this vain of form, we could be finally seeing the complete attacking midfielder we all know he has the potential to be.

Josh Onomah: N/A

Heung Min Son: N/A

Player Ratings: Spurs 3-1 Aston Villa

I think we can all admit that this wasn’t the best of games, but at least we got the job done in the end. Goals from Moussa Dembele, Dele Alli and Harry Kane gave Spurs the 3-1 victory to stretch our unbeaten run to 10. It is quite hard to believe, but we are second in the form table, only to Arsenal, who we face next week. You could probably describe this result as efficient rather than amazing, fast flowing football, and you know what, I loved it. Who was the best player, though? Let’s take a look at the ratings.

Hugo Lloris: 6

Not a bad performance, but not one of his best, to be perfectly honest. We may have got the victory, but Lloris had his fair share of unusual mistakes, for instance the missed punch against Gestede. At least we got the 3 points.

Kyle Walker: 7

A safe performance up until that shaky 10-minute period at the end. Slowly, but surely, Walker is getting better, and making myself eat my words. He has improved a lot defensively, and his pace will always be a threat going forward. I just want consistency!

Toby Alderweireld: 6

A simple, safe game from the Belgian, who is slowly showing his class in defence and on the ball. Just quality again from Toby. This guy is the kick up the backside that Jan Vertonghen needed to push himself just a bit further.

Jan Vertonghen: 6

At the risk of sounding lazy, Vertonghen and Alderweireld are actually having the exact same games now. I really wish there was more to say about him other than well done. I’m seriously enjoying this defensive partnership now.

Danny Rose: 7

Another great game on the left side from Danny Rose, who is slowly becoming one of our better attackers. Time and time again, on the left, he is running non-stop up and down, causing threats all the time. Maybe, just maybe, an England call up is on the cards?

Eric Dier: 7

Another class performance from the transformer of the side. Why is he called the transformer? Well, the fact that he transformed his position to be one of the best defensive midfielders in the league, and also, because he transforms defence into attack. Like it? I had all game to come up with that one!

Dele Alli: 8

I do like to see a boy from Milton Keynes do well, especially for my Tottenham Hotspur, and this lad has a big future ahead of him. Along with his goal, he put in an accomplished performance, and some good touches. Big, big things expected from this lad now.

Erik Lamela: 8

I’m about to admit that I am wrong. Erik Lamela is a good player, and his season has been superb so far. Now, I don’t want to jinx anything, but he could become a key part of our eleven.

Mousa Dembele: 8

Opening the game with a goal after two minutes, Dembele played a great game, something we have all been waiting for, but similarly to Walker, all I ask for is some consistency!

Christian Eriksen: 8

A quieter game than usual, but Eriksen still managed to have a good game on the left, and in the first half, allowed Rose to go forward at will. One of our best players this season, and I can imagine him playing a huge role this campaign.

Harry Kane: 8

Following on from his hat-trick from last week, Kane scored once more at the Lane, and simply put, goals feel better when Kane bangs them in!

Is Achieving A Top Four Finish Finally A Realistic Target?

It’s something that we didn’t really expect this season, as many fans will probably admit. We all felt like we didn’t do enough business in the transfer window, and the players weren’t strong enough for the challenge, but my have these boys proved us (slightly) wrong already.

At the time of writing, Spurs are sitting in 6th position, three points off of the 4th place, which we have been coveting for so long. Manchester United are the side that occupies the 4th position, and they haven’t exactly been amazing but they have certainly been efficient. When you look at the next few fixtures for us, it is a huge month, probably the biggest of the season, and if we come out of the period with maximum points, then we cannot be ignored in the top four race.

Let’s start with Monday evening, when Aston Villa pays a visit to White Hart Lane, possibly with a new manager in charge. Let’s say that manager is Reme Garde, and the players want to make an impact, but Spurs grab the three points. That could possibly place us 4th in the league if things go our way, right before three massive London derbies.

Arsenal, West Ham and Chelsea make up our November fixtures, and let’s say, hypothetically, we win all three games. Nine points against two of the top form teams in the league would make teams stand up and take notice. Chelsea’s blip shows no signs of stopping, whilst Leicester and West Ham may lose their momentum soon, meaning there will be spaces in the table open to the teams around the top.

Most will expect that Manchester United and Manchester City, along with Arsenal to be at the top of the tree, but once West Ham and Leicester fall away, and if Chelsea don’t improve, it will be between ourselves and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to fight out for the final Champions League spot, and from what we’ve seen so far, we have to be favourites.

Liverpool are still to pick up a league victory under the German, whilst Spurs thrashed and simply outclassed Bournemouth 1-5 at Dean Court, with our boy Harry Kane grabbing a hat trick, and Cristian Eriksen being faultless on the ball. It was amazing to see how easily we scored five goals, and how we took the game by the scruff of the neck and controlled it after falling behind.

If we keep this up, and if we manage to keep our fitness levels going all season, I have every reason to believe that we may strike gold come May.

Player Ratings: Spurs 0-0 Liverpool

After a 0-0 draw at home to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, Tom Scholes takes a look at some of the Tottenham players who played the best, and some who weren’t quite as good.

Hugo Lloris: 3.5/5

It was a type of game for Lloris where he had to keep his focus every minute, as the lack of action meant that Hugo was rarely called upon. But when the Frenchman was called upon, he reacted well, whether it be sweeping up at the back or stopping the shots.

Kyle Walker: 3/5

Still an unconvincing performance from Walker once again, but at least he didn’t make any game threatening errors. Clearly the quickest defender we have, his pace is an important asset when a ball over the top comes in.

Jan Vertonghen: 3.5/5

Another great display at the back for the Belgian, who is so good on the ball he could probably play in central midfield. A clean sheet once more is a great sign that our defense is one of the best we have had in years. His partnership with Toby Alderweireld is potentially one of the best in the Premier League

Toby Alderweireld: 3.5/5

Exactly same as Vertonghen, as these two are quite simply fantastic together at the back. Not much more to say than that, but he can be a great player in terms of passing and aerial threats.

Danny Rose: 3.5/5

It may be worth giving Rose a run on the left hand side of the attack rather than at the back, because his ability to go forward is astounding, and his pace is such a threat to the opposition. Not a bad game today, but he could maybe have been just a slither better.

Mousa Dembele: 4/5

What a player this lad can be! The way that he moved on the ball, and how he broke up play has probably given Mauricio Pochettino a huge selection headache for future games. It’s not often that I agree with Michael Owen, but it’s hard to argue with his Man of the Match award.

Dele Alli: 3/5-

An average performance today, but not in a bad sense, because the boy from Milton Keynes didn’t really do anything wrong. His passing is still on point, and he never looks intimidated by the opposition.

Nacer Chadli/ Clinton N’jie: 3/5

With Chadli going off early on, N’jie was given the task of attacking down the left hand side. Sadly, the opportunity seemed to just pass him by. I didn’t dislike the performance today, but you could clearly tell that he may be more comfortable and effective in a more central role.

Christian Eriksen: 3.5/5

Again, Eriksen didn’t do much in terms of changing the game, but he was always a threat. Coming off the back of two goals away to Swansea, a lot was expected from the Dane, but unfortunately, he couldn’t produce. Mind you, he still played better than Coutinho.

Erik Lamela: 3/5

I don’t know about you, but did Lamela seem to only give away fouls today? Very quiet, but he is looking a lot more confident when on the ball, and that is always a good thing to see. Put that down to Pochettino and his style of man management.

Harry Kane: 3.5/5

Not a spectacular performance, but there were encouraging signs. No goal, a couple of chances, overall a good outing. Not much to talk about with Kane, other than he is starting to be more than just goals for Tottenham.

The New Tottenham Way Of Playing

In recent weeks, Tottenham have been playing a new brand of football that not many of us would have seen before. We’ve been fit, strong, and out run our opponents in the majority of games this season. We may have started the season slower than we would have liked, but the fact of the matter is, we have improved dramatically in terms of fitness and skill, and it all comes down to the training methods of Mauricio Pochettino, his coaching staff and the willingness of the players.

What made me realise how important this new method was to our side when I was reading “Das Reboot” by German journalist and BT Sport European pundit Raphael Honigstein, and it describes how German football had to revolutionise itself to get back to the heights of what they were years before. Now, I’m not for one second comparing Dele Alli to Bastian Schweinsteiger, or even Kevin Wimmer to Mats Hummels, but Tottenham are showing signs that they are following suit.

Our defensive midfielder has to be one who can defend and then turn into a ball player in a blink of an eye (Eric Dier), whilst the attackers are given license to attack, but have a defensive responsibility. The Bundesliga allowed the clubs to have their own youth league, and new state-of-the-art training set ups, which look like they should belong to NASA rather than a mid-table Bundesliga side. But the fact of the matter is, the Bundesliga set up is what Spurs are starting to do as we speak.

We all knew that the new training ground, which opened a few years ago, would benefit us one way or another, and it seems to be working. Our players looked very good technically and physically, and it showed when we managed to defeat Manchester City a lot more comfortably than we expected, and on Sunday when Tottenham and Swansea played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Mauricio Pochettino has openly claimed that a lot of his methods have been based upon Marcelo Bielsa and his incredible fitness regime. Unfortunately for Bielsa last season, his Marseille side couldn’t keep up with his fitness demands, and fell away at the final stretch of Ligue 1. But Pochettino has shown that his sides don’t seem to falter at any point. The regime isn’t harrowing enough to ruin a season, but it is tough enough to keep the players going from first minute to last.

Of course, what the Germans did may never be replicated ever again, because 21 of the 23 in the World Cup squad benefitted from the unique training, but with the help of Adidas MiCoach, they developed their individual skills. Imagine if Tottenham Hotspur invested in that kind of technology where the players were training themselves under a structure set about from top to bottom, where every player, fan and coach believed in the same cause? The players we already have, including the youth we all love to watch on social media including Josh Onomah and Nathan Oduwa, who is currently on Loan at Glasgow Rangers.

The fact of the matter is, with Tottenham increasingly getting better in the fitness aspect, and potentially even the mental state which we all know we need, the club is slowly making it’s way to developing players for our future. The future, the style, and even the culture of the club, is drastically changing.

For the next few games, keep an eye on the midfielders and how they play, how they run and how they control their fitness levels during the game. Short bursts here and there. That’s the Pochettino way, and it seems like the important players in the team are picking up his strategy very, very quickly.

Player Ratings: Spurs 4-1 Manchester City

What a game, what a performance, and what a way to start the weekend! Not many of us could have predicted the score line and the performance of Tottenham today, who fielded the youngest starting eleven in the Premier League this season so far. I, for one, found it hard to find faults individually with the team today, so here are the Tottenham Hotspur player ratings, and if you don’t agree with any ratings, remember to let us know.

Hugo Lloris- 7

As I noted in “Three key players for Spurs against Manchester City”, Lloris was very important in our victory today. He kept the defense solid, and when he was called upon at set pieces and even with shot stopping, he dealt with it with ease. Not only was his performance fantastic, but his leadership at the back is providing us with some great solidity, and giving us a voice in vital areas.

Kyle Walker- 6:

Not a great performance from Walker, but not a bad one either, so I guess you can say he was above average, which is exactly what Walker needed. Despite giving the ball away prior to the City opener (I know Eriksen played a part in that too), Walker recovered and, believe it or not, actually defended well. Let’s hope that this can be a springboard.

Toby Alderweireld- 8:

Grabbing a goal, and being so solid at the back, Alderweireld is slowly looking like the best buy of the summer for Tottenham. His partnership at the back with Jan Vertonghen is superb, and Alderweireld provides Spurs with confidence in the central position. Let’s not forget that he got on the score sheet too with a rising header to give us the lead!

Jan Vertonghen-7:

Very similar to Alderweireld, Vertonghen is looking like a new player as his partnership at the back is looking superb. Calm play, combined with safe defensive play is making him look like one of the Premier League’s best. Not much more to say about these two really except from the fact this (potentially) could be the best partnership we had since King and Dawson at the back.

Ben Davies-6:

Very quiet in terms of attacking, but Davies was solid when called upon, likewise with everyone else at the back. Davies has been keeping Danny Rose out of the side, and for good reason. He may not be as attacking as Rose, but he is quality nonetheless.

Dele Alli-7:

Yet another stellar performance from the man from Milton Keynes, as he showed he can handle himself in midfield against Yaya Toure, Fernando and Fernandinho. For someone so young, he seems like he has an experienced footballing brain, but the only blot on his performance today is the fact he picked up another booking.

Eric Dier- 9: (Man of the Match)

What a change Dier has gone through this season! Expected to be frozen out of the side as the center back position was chocked full, he must have done something to give Pochettino the idea to play him at holding midfield, and he is playing magnificently. Winning tackles, breaking up play and setting the attackers off with simple and controlled passing, as well as firing home like he did today, Dier is looking superb in recent weeks, with this week being another high point for the former Lisbon man.

Erik Lamela- 8:

The Michael Owen Man of the Match, Lamela played really well today, even scoring the 4th goal, and the relief could be felt all around the stadium when you saw the smile on his face. He chased lost causes and he tried his hardest to create chances for the team, and whilst I gave the Man of the Match to Dier, I won’t argue the decision from Michael Owen (for once).

Christian Eriksen- 6:

A little bit off the pace today after starting in mid week, Eriksen could have played a lot better, but he nearly scored from his free kick which was eventually turned home by Harry Kane. He didn’t effect the game as much as he could have, but he certainly didn’t hide from the ball, and tried to create and to score. When the Dane gets to full fitness, expect to see him have a huge impact on games.

Heung Min Son- 7:

After his great start to life at Spurs, Son would have grabbed another if it wasn’t for the one time the linesman got an offside call correct. He played similarly to Lamela in terms of chasing the City players, and trying hard to get the ball forward and in the goal, but Son put his heart and Seoul into this performance (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

Harry Kane-8:

Finally, our boy got off the mark for the season, and what a feeling! He finished a hard chance following Eriksen’s free kick, but not only the goal, but the performance as a whole was great, with the attack pressing together and moving together as a unit. It was great to watch, and what was even better was seeing the face of the fans, the players, and most importantly, of Kane himself after firing home to give the 3-1 lead at the time.

Three Players Key To Tottenham If They Are To Beat Manchester City

After our North London Derby loss to the Arsenal, Tottenham will want to return to winning ways against top of the table Manchester City. As unlikely as a victory may seem, anything can happen in football, and Mauricio Pochettino will want to get the best out of the squad in this weekend’s early kick off.

But who are the players who could really damage the leaders, and who are the players who could make a serious impact this weekend?

1) Dele Alli

Ever since he signed from the MK Dons, Dele Alli has played superbly for Tottenham, and a good performance against Manchester City can only boost his claims for a spot In the England squad. Adapting well in the Premier League, it will be good for him to be able to test himself out against players like David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Yaya Toure, to see what he’s like when he faces the big boys of English football.

2) Hugo Lloris:

Our captain is going to need to be on top of his game this Saturday if he wants another Premier League clean sheet. Hugo is consistently our best performer, and this season has been no different, but the challenge of the City attack will be a big test for the Frenchman, who doesn’t have the best of records against the Sky Blues.

If he can keep Sergio Aguero at bay, that may open up doors for us on the counter, or even boost confidence levels.

3) Harry Kane:

He was so close to opening his account for the season on Wednesday, but Harry Kane is still searching for his first goal of the season, and what better time to get it in the league than at the Etihad. If Vincent Kompany misses out for City, then Kane may fancy himself up against a City defence who look rather lost when their captain doesn’t play.

Either Kane will play out of his skin against Mangala and Otamendi, or those two will suddenly adapt to English football, leaving Spurs hopeless in attack, but personally I can see Kane, with the help of Son, being a threat throughout against Manchester City.

Player Ratings: Spurs 1-2 Arsenal

It wasn’t a great North London derby to watch, coupled by the fact we lost to our bitter rivals Arsenal, the old enemy, in the cup. The reaction on social media was large as it always is with Tottenham, but this reaction was one of anger mixed with confusion in Mauricio Pochettino changing a winning team, with some claiming that he didn’t understand the importance of this game. Now, I’m sure that isn’t the case, but Pochettino did make some mistakes in his selection, making wholesale changes. But who played better than others? Who shone in an otherwise dire North London Derby? Let’s find out, shall we?

Michel Vorm- 6

Vorm had a solid game, but his parry to the feet of Mathieu Flamini is one glaring mistake he made on an otherwise solid game. On another day, in the lead up to the goal he would have tipped it away from goal, but unfortunately, that had to be the one time Flamini was running into the box to pounce.

Kieran Trippier- 6

Solid enough game, without making any game changing mistakes, but without attacking with much threat either. I still rate Trippier, and I feel a lot more secure defensively with him rather than Walker, but maybe we need to start seeing the Trippier we saw at Burnely.

Federico Fazio- 2

Shouldn’t be near the team, let alone a North London Derby. I don’t actually think he can kick a ball, run, or quite frankly defend. Fazio is a shocking player, but blame for this selection is solely at the feet of Pochettino. Don’t understand why he played Fazio instead of, well anyone?

Kevin Wimmer- 6

Wimmer didn’t play to badly, but he is guilty by association at Centre-Back for this one. His “partnership” with Fazio was abysmal, but at least Wimmer is getting valuable game time at the back, which is the only way he can develop.

Danny Rose- 7

A good threat down that left hand side, Rose exposed the weaknesses left by Campbell and Debuchy, but couldn’t get the finishing touch sometimes. Rose is really looking top draw this season, and if he keeps playing this way, then he can only improve as time goes on. Let’s remember, he played in a shoddy backline against Arsenal, so wait to judge until he plays a good run of games with our first choice back line.

Eric Dier-6

Dier is really playing well at the holding midfield position, but in modern football the holding midfielder needs to do a bit more than just win the ball. We all know how good Dier is when it comes to defensive battles, but his ball playing skills and key passing may need to improve to be a starter for the whole season. Saying that, he is still doing a mighty fine job considering we signed him to be a centre back.

Tom Carroll- 4

Carroll has a lot of potential, but as I think I have said before, maybe he just isn’t made for the Tottenham starting eleven. He looked out of his depth in the middle against a weaker Arsenal team, and his passing wasn’t up to standard. Maybe it is harsh to criticise him, but Ryan Mason made his debut against Arsenal last season, and was twice the player Carroll was in their respective games.

Andros Townsend- 5

Frustrating to say the least, but he showed glimpses of what he could potentially do when given the chance, but he didn’t show them well enough. We know he can be a great winger, but if his head is in the game, and his end product is up to scratch, then he can be great. Unfortunately, this game wasn’t to be one of those games for Andros.

Christian Eriksen- 5

I will cut Eriksen some slack here seeing as it was his first start since his lay off, but I hardly remember hearing his name mentioned? A shadow of his usual self, Eriksen looked to be laboring in the second half, but he did show some good passes, and good reasons why he is always one of our top performers.

Nacer Chadli- 4

Chadli started off the game in full swing, attacking with pace and looking like he could be a right handful, but he lost interest when he realised it was going to be a tough game, especially when Arsenal opened the scoring. I like Chadli, and I believe he is a key player, but he has way too many games where he can go missing, and this game was no different. Chadli is, and can be, a top player, he just needs to fancy the game and that is so annoying to me.

Harry Kane- 6

Again, another game goes by without a goal from Harry Kane. But we saw that he is getting close to that goal, despite how long it may take. His runs, his build up play, and his efforts (especially the overhead kick that was cleared off the line) are signs that Kane is coming back, but maybe it will be a long haul effort, but I can bet that when the 1st goal goes in, the rest will come. Just like a London bus, you could say!