Player Ratings | Fresh Spurs - Part 3

Player Ratings

Player Ratings: Sunderland 0-1 Spurs

Finally Tottenham can celebrate their first win of the season just over a month since the season began. A late, but great Ryan Mason goal gave us a much-needed win after a loss and three draws. Here are the player ratings.

Hugo Lloris (3.5/5)- Massively untroubled. Dealt with whatever came his way and kept a second consecutive clean sheet.

Kyle Walker (3.5/5)- Had a battle on his hands vs Lens at times but held his own and grew into the game as an attacking force.

Jan Vertonghen (4/5)- Incredibly solid. Despite picking up a yellow card he was commanding and kept his cool well when Lens broke through in the second half.

Toby Alderwiereld (3/5)-Not quite as impressive as his centre back partner. Never looked comfortable dealing with an incredible lively Defoe.

Ben Davies (3.5/5)- As we usually see from the Welshman, solid and dependable on the ball but not a massive attacking threat. The pace of Rose is missed.

Eric Dier (4.5)- Superb performance from the man who’s had a great week, having signed a new contract in the week. Passed the ball well and was convincing and impressive in his tackling. Growing into the CDM role.

Ryan Mason (4/5)- Also very impressive. Played some incisive passes and worked hard. Superb finish for our much needed winning goal, chipping the ball delicately into the net.

Nacer Chadli (1.5/5)- Quite simply a terrible performance from the Belgian. Invisible in the first half and when he did get involved, it certainly wasn’t positive, as he blazed several chances from good positions over. Needs to up his performance level.

Dele Alli (3.5/5)- Started the game off with a neat nutmeg which is becoming something of a trait. Good on the ball and put himself about. A solid performance on his first ever premier league start.

Son (3/5)- Some neat touches and decent set piece delivery, but on the whole is was a quiet afternoon for our new man. Much more to come from him.

Harry Kane (2/5)- A real struggle for last seasons main man. His touch was poor along with his dribbling, and his mishit of a decent second half chance summed his afternoon up. Needs a goal in a spurs shirt sooner rather than later.

Subs

Andros Townsend (4/5)- Changed the game, injecting pace and energy into our attack. Found joy on the right flank as he raced past his marker time and again.

Erik Lamela (4/5)- The Argentine needed this. Added some urgency to a lacklustre attack and played the incisive through ball for our winner. With many close to giving up on him, he took his chance today. But he still needs to do so much more.

Player Ratings: Leicester 1-1 Tottenham

Sunday, Tottenham and Leicester faced off at the King Power Stadium, and played out a 1-1 draw, with Dele Alli opening his account for, before immediately conceding to an in form Riyhad Mahrez. Some may say that it was a typical “spursy” performance, but some may see the positives. Nevertheless, many agree that Spurs need new signings, and fast.
In the 3rd game of the season, the team looks to be taking shape, and now is where we as fans start to look at, and essentially judge, the squad. This week, Joe Whitehead takes a look at the squad, and sees where we did well, and not so well this weekend against Leicester.
Lloris (3.5/5)- Had next to nothing to do in a dour first half. Pulled off a great stop to deny Morgan in the second half but could do nothing to deny Mahrez’s well struck equaliser.
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Walker (3/5)- A familiar story to many of his performances in recent times, as he got forward to good effect and offered an outlet, but struggled to cope defensively with the threat of Shlupp and Albrighton a constant thorn in his side.
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Alderwiereld (3.5/5)- Probably our most convincing defender. Strong in the air and as ever calm on the ball,dealt relatively easily with the threat of Okazaki.
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Vertonghen (2.5/5)- Not his day. Looked a tad of the pace from the beginning as he sliced a routine clearance towards his own goal, giving Lloris an unexpected problem. Was beaten with far to much ease by Mahrez straight for Leicester’s immediate leveller.
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Davies (3/5)- Mahrez caused him a problem with his direct and tricky style in the first half, but Davies grew as the game went on. A solid performance but he isn’t the outlet that Spurs fans are used to seeing flying down the wing in Rose.
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Dier (2.5/5)- Still doesn’t look entirely convincing in the DM position. Effective at breaking up Leicester attacks as you may expect but poor in possession, struggling when surrounded and under pressure. By no means a bad performance but doesn’t seem to posses the cool head his position often requires.
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Mason (3/5)- Energetic as usual, picking out Kane on several occasions and putting in his usual hardworking midfield performance.
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Lamela (2/5)- A poor display from the Argentine. Didn’t offer a threat going forward and despite some decent corner deliveries his passing was inaccurate and he couldn’t find a way past Leicester’s defence. Needs a performance and soon to give Spurs fans hope he can still come good.
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Dembele (3.5/5)- Our best player in the first half, getting in some shots on goal and keeping hold of the ball well. As the game went on he faded however and was replaced by Carroll. Seems to be very much in Pochettino’s plans however.
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Chadli (2.5/5)- Was having quite a poor day until our opening goal. Created very little and sliced a guilt edged chance wide soon after half time. However his excellent chipped pass that found its way to Alli meant he left a mark on proceedings.
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Kane (3/5)- Couldent get into the game in the first half as he was extremely isolated up top on his own. Hardly easy away from home and when we were missing our main creator Christian Eriksen. Played a part in our goal but will still feel frustrated at his inability to have a real impact on the game.
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Substitutes
Alli (4/5)- Massively impressive after coming on to replace the ineffective Lamela. It was great to see him get his first Tottenham goal and he may have given Pochettino something to think about in regards to his starting line up next week.
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Carrol (3/5)- An average performance with no real time to make an impact.
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Bentaleb (NA)- Came on with a few minutes to go.
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Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Spurs

Despite dominating the opening 20 minutes at Old Trafford, Spurs still found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreline come full time yesterday, thanks to Kyle Walker unfortunate own goal. However, it was far from a bad performance and there were still positives to take.

Michel Vorm (4/5)- Our Dutch stopper was virtually untroubled all match which goes to show how little Manchester United threatened with actual shots on target. Calm and efficient in dealing with whatever came his way, could do nothing about the goal.

Kyle Walker (3.5/5)- Would be easy to assume that because of his own goal Walker played poorly but the full back actually put in a thoroughly proffesional performances, winning his duel with Ashley Young comfortably on many an occasion. He showed incredible speed and commitment to get back to try and stop Wayne Rooney netting the opener and it was massively unlucky that he saw the ball roll in off of his own foot.

Toby Alderweireld (4.5/5)- An extremely encouraging debut. Consistent in his passing, including some superb long range cross field balls than found their target. Toby looked assured and confident and dealt brilliantly with whatever came his way. Hopefully a sign of things to come.

Jan Vertonghen (4/5)- Like Toby, did very little wrong over the course of the game. Was solid and reliable despite picking up a yellow card for a rash challenge. Spurs look to have a very promising centre back partnership on their hands.

Ben Davies (3-5)- A solid, if unremarkable performance from the full back. Did his defensive job well but seemed to take the safe option when going forward too many times, A solid option but Davies certainly lacks the attacking prowess that Rose does.

Nabil Bentaleb (2/5)- A day to forget for Nabil. Constantly misplaced passes in the middle of the park, including one that led to the only goal of the game. A performance unlike him and he was substituted soon into the second half.

Eric Dier (3.5/5)- The young player coped well enough in an unfamiliar modified role. Tidied up and played some nice passes, and although he failed to deal with the lively Depay at times it was still a solid performance. Solid enough to convince Poch we don’t need another midfielder? Time will tell.

Nacer Chadli (2/5)- Nacer struggled massively yesterday. Failed to create a meaningful impact on the game and on the one instance he did get in behind Smalling stopped him all to easy. Disappointing but hopefully another season to remember for the Belgian come May.

Christian Eriksen (3.5/5)- Was at the heart of all we did right in the opening twenty minutes. Missed a difficult chance after a glorious first time headed touch and played some lovely passes, one of which nearly led to a Kyle Walker goal in the right end. After the United goal he struggled for the majority of the game, but came alive again late on only to be denied twice by Romero.

Mousa Dembele (3/5)- Was willing to get stuck in and involved but never managed to get a firm grip on the game. Some nice touches didn’t contribute to a great end product. His whipped cross was unlucky not to find an unmarked Chadli midway through the second half.

Harry Kane (3.5/5)- Had some great moments in our best spell during the opening twenty minutes. Played a lovely scooped ball for Eriksen and also showed his workouts by refusing to give up on a ball he had lost which led to a corner. His decision making wasn’t always up to scratch and he was largely isolated after United scored.

Substitutes

Ryan Mason (3.5/5)- Came on for Bentaleb and was efficient with his passing and energetic in the middle of the park, without being able to create the breakthrough Spurs needed.

Erik Lamela (3/5) -Buzzed around with intent but didn’t have long enough to make a significant impact.

Dele Alli (3.5/5)- It was a great moment for the youngster to make his Premier League debut and he didn’t look overawed by the occasion, as he was tidy and accurate in his passing play.

Tottenham Player Ratings for the Season!

If you have read the Tottenham Team of the Season, you will notice that most of these players feature in both pieces. From around February I have been doing the player ratings after mostly every Spurs game that have been played, so it was only fitting that I do ratings for the entire season. It wasn’t fair to the whole squad to only rate certain players, so I have added a few more players who have played a lot this season.

Hugo Lloris: 8

Lloris was the best goalkeeper for a large part of the season, mainly for the first few months. His performances were probably the most vital part to our season, at least until Harry Kane showed up. Not only was Lloris a great goalkeeper, but he took over the captaincy when Michael Dawson left, and Younes Kaboul lost his place in the side. If we were to keep Hugo in the summer, then our season could potentially be a great one for us.

 

Kyle Walker: 6

It would be so harsh to give Walker a poor rating, because he missed the majority of the season with injury, and when he came back he played fairly well minus a few performances. He got injured towards the end however, so I don’t think it is possible to give Kyle a rating higher than 6, as it is even between good and bad, when in reality he has been neither.

 

Jan Vertonghen: 7  We all know how good Vertonghen can be, but this season he wasn’t exactly at the top of his game. He played well, very well, but he flattered to deceive every so often and I think that is the reason to some moaning’s from the Spurs faithful. The season was tough for Jan, as he kept having to adapt his style to suit his partner, which changed far too often for most. But I am one of the fans who are hopeful that next season he can back to his superb best.

 

Eric Dier: 7

Speaking of having high hopes for next season, Dier has come leaps and bounds since his debut goal against West Ham. Playing at both Centre Back and Right Back, Dier has been superb at leading the defensive line as well as being a good ball playing defender when needed. I can see Dier having a good chance at being a fixture in the England squad and could possibly go to the Euros next year if he has another top season.

 

Danny Rose: 8

A player who surprised me, Danny Rose has really made the Left Back position his own. Despite some fans saying he cant really defend, Rose has been a marauding Full Back for the majority of the season, and I’m surprised he hasn’t been picked more for England consider the problems they’ve faced at Left Back. His attacking displays have left me wondering what would happen if we moved him up the field, and rumors linking him to Real Madrid and Chelsea certainly haven’t gone to his head.

 

Ryan Mason: 6

I’m not exactly the biggest Ryan Mason fan, as most of you are probably aware of, but Mason has been an integral part to our midfield. His tough tackling and insane passion and work ethic have earned the Enfield boy a place in the heart of Spurs fans. I would like to see him control the game more next season, but his contributions in the middle of the season were a huge factor as to why he kept his place so often.

 

Nabil Bentaleb: 7

Another cog in our midfield engine, Bentaleb was one of the few players who fans identified as being (potentially) world class. His passing range is something that is loved and looked up with a lot of awe, his tackling gets the fans going and his passion is there to see. He is one of those players that fans love to see, and his performances this season have been very good from start to finish, and he remains one of the players who Pochettino sees as vital to his plans.

Nacer Chadli: 7

Chadli is somewhat of a cult hero amongst Tottenham fans on social media, and his huge improvement this season is a reason as to why. I doubted him at the start of the season, as most fans did, but on occasion he has proven me wrong, mainly that game against Chelsea where he scored a great goal and combined perfectly with Harry Kane on multiple occasions. Lets just hope that Nacer can keep up his form more regularly next season.

 

Erik Lamela: 6

I’m sure there is a top talent inside the bodily structure of Erik Lamela. I am convinced, and on occasion he has shown that a star is inside him, but more often than not he has hidden away or drifted away far too easily. In hindsight, most Spurs fans could say they have been harsh on Lamela, who has played well on some occasions and scored a fantastic Rabona goal (which I missed because I was in New York, typical), but next season is the big one for Erik as it will be the chance for him to show he is worth the money as this season was arguably his first proper season.

 

 

Christian Eriksen: 8

A big, big reason as to why Spurs finished as high as they did. Without his late goals, and his Capital One Cup games, we probably wouldn’t have had anything to shout about this season. But his late goals gave his moments we as fans will not forget. Swansea, Hull, Leicester and Sheffield United were games that were dead and buried before Eriksen had his say. Easily the best signing from the Bale money, I just hope that he gets even better next season.

 

Harry Kane: 9 No more words can describe how vital and how important Harry Kane has been this season. Winners against Chelsea, Arsenal, Burnley, QPR and Leicester are games that we may not have won if it wasn’t for Harry’s determination, drive and goals. If he repeats his goals next season, then either he will become a Spurs legend, or he will get sold. That’s how it is, but until then lets just appreciate that he is one of our own.

 

Other:

Federico Fazio: 5/6

Again, I must stress that I am not a Fazio fan, not at all, but sometimes he did put in a good performance here and there. Unfortunately, here and there isn’t good enough when we need here and now. Hardly ever looking confident on the ball, Fazio gave me the jitters when he advanced with the ball as it was clear he was rubbish on the ball, and as slow as a snail without it!

 

Moussa Dembele: 5/6

A hidden talent at Spurs that seems to have been wasted, due to no fault of his own. Dembele is a natural dribbler of the ball, however he doesn’t do it when it matters. He can spin around the touchline all he wants but if he doesn’t do anything with the ball, no one will remember his skill. If he moves on, it will be sad to see, but understandable at the same time.

 

Michel Vorm: 6/7

Deputizing for Lloris in the cups and occasionally in the league, Vorm put in some good showings and really reacted well to being a number 2. However, if Lloris does leave, Vorm may not be the man to replace Lloris as Vorm isn’t as commanding, but is a great catcher and shot stopper. I have no doubt that Vorm is a good goalkeeper, but it is another thing to ask him to replace Hugo Lloris!

 

Andros Townsend: 5/6

He may be quick, but that is all Andros Townsend has going for him, and I’m afraid he will end up like another Aaron Lennon. Way too inconsistent, and quite frankly not someone who fits the style of Pochettino, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was to be sold in the summer. But his pace can be a weapon on rare occasions, but it is too rare for my personal liking. To be honest, seeing reactions on social media, I don’t think I’m the only one.

 

Roberto Soldado: 4/5

I do feel sorry for Soldado, who’s name translated into English is Bobby Soldier (fun fact), but its time for us to cut our losses and get rid while we can. He isn’t fitting into the English game, his confidence is low and no matter what happens he doesn’t seem to score. Ever. I would like to see him soldier on (see what I did there?) and keep trying to be a Tottenham player, but I just think he has run his course.

 

Vlad Chiriches: 2/3

What I am about to say is what every Spurs fan thinks. 2 words describe “Vlad the Imposter”, and that is ‘absolutely rubbish”. I could go on to bash him, but I don’t think id be saying anything new. There you have it. Absolutely rubbish! Actually, I’m probably being nice to him considering what I’ve seen others say.

Player Ratings: Everton 0-1 Spurs

We ended our up and down season with a solid 1-0 win over Everton and our first win at Goodison since 2007. This win combined with Liverpool’s mauling at Stoke means that we finish in 5th position.

Hugo Lloris (4/5) Had to make a few decent saves in the game, getting down to a low Mirallas shot and then denying Galloway from close range. Good to see one of our best players end the season with a clean sheet.

Eric Dier (4.5/5)- Looks to be real young talent and played extremely well at RB today, has shown his underrated crossing ability in recent weeks and further reminded fans of it today, swinging in a wonderful cross for Harry Kane to nod home. Solid all game.

Jan Vertonghen (4.5/5)- Solid and reliable all game. Made some crucial blocks and was commanding at the back all game. With a proper partner next season he could be back to his best under Poch in time.

Federico Fazio (4/5)- One of his easier games as he didn’t get the challenge he may have expected from Lukaku but anything that did come his way he dealt with comfortably

Nabil Bentaleb (4.5/5)- Left back? No problem. Nabil was superb at full back and despite playing in a different position his awareness and composure remained as high as ever as he nullified the threat of Coleman and when he got the chance was an outlet going forward.

Ryan Mason (4.5/5)- A tireless and committed performance from the man who earned another England call up this week. Kept things ticking over and set up many an attack after winning the ball back. A good reminder of the season he has had after a below average few months.

Mousa Dembele (3.5/5)- His first start for a while and it may be his last ever game for the club. Decent on the ball but probably not quite the impact he was hoping for in order to keep himself in the managers plans for next season.

Christian Eriksen (4/5)- Anonymous in the last few weeks so it was good to see Christian more involved in our attacking play once again. Neat and tidy and was at the centre of all we did well second half. Good end to a good if a tad inconsistent season for the Dane.

Erik Lamela (4/5)- His performances last few weeks have shown he has a future at the club. Played some neat passes to keep us going in attack and was unlucky to be denied by a brilliant save from Howard in the first half. Next season is key for him.

Nacer Chadli (3/5)- Fairly anonymous game for the Belgian, put himself about but failed to make a sufficient impact. A great season none the less

Harry Kane (4/5)- After a mild goal drought, Kane must have been wondering if he would get another goal to cap off his superb breakthrough season. It duly arrived as he displayed his killer instinct yet again to nod home the only goal of the game. Held the ball up well aswell. Incredible season.

Substitutes

Benjamin Stambouli (3.5/5)- Came on for Dembele to shore things up, and did a decent job stopping Everton gain any momentum in their search for an equaliser.

Roberto Soldado/ Andros Townsend (NA)- Both brought in to eat up the clock with barely any time left, neither could make an impact.

Player Ratings: Spurs 2-0 Hull

In what can only be described as a very dull and lifeless game of football. Nevertheless, Spurs managed to beat Hull 2-0 to further condemn the tigers to relegation, and allowed Spurs to go back up to 6th position, and back into the highly coveted and much wanted by everyone around them, Europa League places.

Hugo Lloris: 6

Lloris had a solid game in goal today, in what could be his last home game as Spurs goalkeeper. He even kept a clean sheet, which in itself is an achievement. He kept Hull at bay many times, which has become a constant throughout the season. If Hugo does leave, then it will be horrible to see him in another shirt, but I assume many Tottenham fans will want him to succeed wherever he ma go. Except to that other team in North London of course.

Eric Dier: 5

A solid showing from Dier today, which was an improvement from last week, but anything would have been an improvement on last week. I feel that he needs to play more at Center Back rather than Full Back, as his confidence could be wrecked if he keeps getting burnt down that side, but luckily he played fairly well today. I also feel that Dier is one of the key players for Pochettino’s future squad at Tottenham.

Federico Fazio: 5

Another one who was better than last week, but I cant help but feel like Fazio is basically a poorer version of Mertersacker, which is a horrible thing to say to anyone who has had to painfully witness either man run. One of those summer signings who shouldn’t be there in any way shape or form next season. Sorry Fazio, but to put it simply, you are rubbish.

Jan Vertonghen: 5

I said last week that Vertonghen was on ‘holiday mode’ last week, and I think he was just about to land his plane on his holiday today. Not that he played poorly, but knowing what he is capable of, it is frustrating to see him lollop about aimlessly, looking as if he doesn’t have a care in the world. Hopefully, next season he can be the player we all want him to be.

Danny Rose: 7

Despite the fact he had red hair and looked like a smaller version on NBA legend Dennis Rodman, Rose played superbly this week, even adding a goal to his tally, which is 4 for the season. A great performance, topped off by a great goal is further evidence as to why he should be our first choice Left Back for a while, provided we don’t sell him of course.

Ryan Mason: 5

You know, sometimes I sit there and think ‘maybe I am a bit harsh on little old Ryan’ but then I see games like today and feel justified. He is an okay football, but for a club as ambitious as Tottenham, who demand such a high level, it is hard to see him starting regularly next season. It’s a shame really, as it was nice to see a youth product in the starting eleven, but quality beats everything in football today.

Nabil Bentaleb: 5

I think that Bentaleb may have joined Vertonghen on his holiday lately, as he put in a shift today that was very systematic of a midfielder. Very mundane, very boring quite frankly, but he seems to have a place in Spurs fans hearts, and I expect to see him as a first team regular for years to come, again, providing we don’t cash in on him.

Erik Lamela: 6

A pretty good game today by Lamela that saw him get an assist for the Chadli goal, but it was frustrating to see him like that today. I know that may sound weird, but when you see what he can do, and then realize that you could count the amount of games he’s stood out in on one hand and it frustrates you that he cant do it more often. Some still have faith, others don’t, but if he kicks on next season then he could be a great player.

Nacer Chadli: 6

Grabbed himself a goal today, but this game was the epitome of what Chadli is about. Scores a goal then does nothing for the rest of the game, showing that he can change consistency levels half way through matches now, which takes some talent (however unusual that talent may be). Would be great to see him reduce the consistency issues and play brilliantly from start to end.

Christian Eriksen: 4

I saw Twitter explode when Eriksen was taken off. Not out of joy, but out of anger that he hadn’t played well today, and that he wasn’t tough enough. He didn’t really look all that bothered to be honest, and on occasion, dodged out of a few tackles, but what do you expect at this time of the season? I, for one, felt he could have played better, but he has done enough for one season.

Harry Kane: 5

A player who is clearly tired out, yet doesn’t get dropped? Strange, but he won the Player of the Year from the club and junior supporters club, so it was nice to see the local hero get such a large award. Hold up play is actually pretty good, and reminds me of a younger Alan Shearer. Lets just hope he turns down Man United just as Shearer himself did.

Mousa Demeble: 5

Possibly his last game at the Lane, Dembele feels like a hidden gem that will remain hidden for a very long time, which is a shame really because he has all the potential to be a superb player.

Benjamin Stambouli: 5

I’m going to hold my hands up and admit that I actually forgot Stambouli played for us until he came on today. If it wasn’t for the Cup Final song (don’t kid yourself, you know what one I mean), I don’t think he would have any legacy at Spurs whatsoever.

Roberto Soldado: N/A

Our striker, who we paid £26Million for was subbed on for the last 3 minutes of the second last game of the season at home to relegation threatened Hull. Says it all really, doesn’t it?

Stoke 3-0 Spurs: How Did YOU Rate The Players?

There was hardly one good player on the pitch as Spurs were convincingly defeated by Stoke at the Britannia Stadium via a 3-0 scoreline. How did your player ratings compare to our man Tom Scholes’?

Hugo Lloris:

Tom Says: “It must be awful playing behind a defencethat has conceded the same amount of goals as relegated Burnley? Now, Lloris isn’t at fault for a lot of our goals, but the way him and Dier collided was something out of a Adam Sandler film”
Tom’s Rating: 5
Your Rating: 5.2

Eric Dier:

Tom Says: “Normally, Dier has a decent game when playing Right Back, but today he was given a run around by winger Marko Arnautovic. It just wasn’t his day, but hopes still remain high in terms of his chances at Center Back, but on the other hand he needs to show that he is getting better, and not just living off the first two games of the season.”
Tom’s Rating: 5
Your Rating: 4.2

Vlad Chiriches:
Tom Says: “It is quite astonishing how Tottenham Hotspur pay Chiriches money to be a professional footballer. He looked shakey from the start, and when he got booked around the 10th minute for a needless challenge, you always had the feeling he wouldn’t go the whole 90 minutes.”
Tom’s Rating: 3
Your Rating: 3.4

Federico Fazio:
Tom Says: “Similarly to Vertonghen, his involvement in the game was very limited, as he had a quiet game, meaning he didn’t do anything to prevent the goals. Seemed less dangerous to his own team this week, which I guess is a positive to take from the game.”
Tom’s Rating: 5
Your Rating: 4.6

Jan Vertonghen:

Tom Says: “Playing at Left Back today, Vertonghen did absolutely nothing to help the team today, and played a big part in the opener for Stoke. He knocked the ball into the box which allowed Adam to nod home, but if I’m honest that was the only interaction he had with the ball at all.”
Tom’s Rating: 5
Your Rating: 4.2

Ryan Mason:
Tom Says: “Yet again, he didn’t show that he was good enough to play in the middle for Spurs. Yes, he ran around a bit, but that doesn’t make a difference when you don’t actually help the team score. The position needs someone better, someone who can actually pass the ball to the striker, and chip in with a goal of two.”
Tom’s Rating: 5
Your Rating: 4.2

Nabil Bentaleb:
Tom Says: “After rumors of him signing a new contract, Spurs fans were desperate to see him put in a good performance here. But no, as per usual, he let us down with stray passes and no tackles. It’s a shame to see him have no impact on the game, but another one who seems on ‘holiday mode’.”
Tom’s Rating: 5
Your Rating: 4.2

Erik Lamela:
Tom Says: “He had a free kick in the first half that was headed onto the bar (albeit from a Stoke player), but now it must be time up for our record signing. Did nothing at all, and if I’m honest I forgot he was on the pitch until he was dragged off.”
Tom’s Rating: 4
Your Rating: 4.6

Nacer Chadli:
Tom Says: “Another player who wasn’t seen on the pitch until he was subbed off. A question of consistency again for Chadli, as never really got into the game and never tried to force himself on the side. He could have shown at least something, but he gave nothing to the team and was another one in the dreaded ‘holiday mode’.”
Tom’s Rating: 4
Your Rating: 4.6

Christian Eriksen:
Tom Says: “A game of two halves for the Dane, as in the first half, he seemed bored and uninterested, whereas in the second half, he tried to make the team attack, or at least get a goal for our travelling fans to support. It may be wishful thinking from myself, but it would be nice to see our star creator have a little bit more consistency in games such as this one.”
Tom’s Rating: 5
Your Rating: 5

Harry Kane:
Tom Says: “Did nothing to impose himself on the game, and I know he cant do it all by himself. He clearly has run out of gas, and he looks tired, but when Roberto Soldado is the back up striker, you must feel inclined to pick anyone who isn’t him.”
Tom’s Rating: 5
Your Rating: 5

Substitutes:

Roberto Soldado:
Tom Says: “No shots on goal, no nothing! Feel a bit sorry for the Spaniard but at 30 years of age, his time is surely up, isn’t it? Two whole seasons and not even double figures is appalling.”
Tom’s Rating: 4
Your Rating: 4.8

Mousa Dembele:
Tom Says: “In my opinion, should have started, but didn’t do anything in his brief cameo, which doesn’t do him any favours. He just seems like his talent is wasted on the bench?”
Tom’s Rating: 4
Your Rating: 4.8

Player Ratings: Stoke 3-0 Spurs

When Mauricio Pochettino said in the week that Spurs would benefit from Europa League, the players must have thought that “it was just banter”, as Richard Keys would say. They clearly didn’t show the desire that was needed to pick up a win today against Stoke. I just cant see a win coming from anywhere, which is the problem. The players don’t want to lose on purpose, that would be unprofessional to the highest degree, but the wheels seemed to have fallen of the automobile that is Tottenham Hotspur, just in the worst way possible.

Hugo Lloris: 5

It must be awful playing behind a defense that has conceded the same amount of goals as relegated Burnley? Now, Lloris isn’t at fault for a lot of our goals, but the way him and Dier collided was something out of a Adam Sandler film. Something that isn’t funny no matter how many times you try to see the funny side, and it just gets more awful the more you see it. It’s going to be sad to see Hugo leave in the summer, but as bad as this sounds, I don’t blame him for wanting to leave.

Jan Vertonghen: 5

Playing at Left Back today, Vertonghen did absolutely nothing to help the team today, and played a big part in the opener for Stoke. He knocked the ball into the box which allowed Adam to nod home, but if I’m honest that was the only interaction he had with the ball at all. Another player that seems to be on ‘holiday mode’.

Vlad Chirices: 3

It is quite astonishing how Tottenham Hotspur pay Chiriches money to be a professional footballer. He looked shakey from the start, and when he got booked around the 10th minute for a needless challenge, you always had the feeling he wouldn’t go the whole 90 minutes. Unfortunately, he was sent off for 2 yellow cards, after messing around on the ball and tripping up Diouf. Most likely his last game for Spurs.

Federico Fazio: 5

Similarly to Vertonghen, his involvement in the game was very limited, as he had a quiet game, meaning he didn’t do anything to prevent the goals. Seemed less dangerous to his own team this week, which I guess is a positive to take from the game.

Eric Dier: 5

Normally, Dier has a decent game when playing Right Back, but today he was given a run around by winger Marko Arnautovic. It just wasn’t his day, but hopes still remain high in terms of his chances at Center Back, but on the other hand he needs to show that he is getting better, and not just living off the first two games of the season.

Nabil Bentaleb: 5

After rumors of him signing a new contract, Spurs fans were desperate to see him put in a good performance here. But no, as per usual, he let us down with stray passes and no tackles. It’s a shame to see him have no impact on the game, but another one who seems on ‘holiday mode’.

Ryan Mason: 5

Yet again, he didn’t show that he was good enough to play in the middle for Spurs. Yes, he ran around a bit, but that doesn’t make a difference when you don’t actually help the team score. The position needs someone better, someone who can actually pass the ball to the striker, and chip in with a goal of two. He may be a ‘Spurs boy’ that doesn’t mean much when you cant contribute to our side.

Erik Lamela: 4

He had a free kick in the first half that was headed onto the bar (albeit from a Stoke player), but now it must be time up for our record signing. Did nothing at all, and if I’m honest I forgot he was on the pitch until he was dragged off. No one can surely defend him now, as he has shown he cant do it on a Saturday afternoon in Stoke, let alone a wet Wednesday night in Stoke!

Christian Eriksen: 5

A game of two halves for the Dane, as in the first half, he seemed bored and uninterested, whereas in the second half, he tried to make the team attack, or at least get a goal for our travelling fans to support. It may be wishful thinking from myself, but it would be nice to see our star creator have a little bit more consistency in games such as this one.

Nacer Chadli: 4

Another player who wasn’t seen on the pitch until he was subbed off. A question of consistency again for Chadli, as never really got into the game and never tried to force himself on the side. He could have shown at least something, but he gave nothing to the team and was another one in the dreaded ‘holiday mode’.

Harry Kane: 5

Did nothing to impose himself on the game, and I know he cant do it all by himself. He clearly has run out of gas, and he looks tired, but when Roberto Soldado is the back up striker, you must feel inclined to pick anyone who isn’t him. Time for Kane to take a short break and to come back next season to show he isn’t a one season wonder.

Roberto Soldado: 4

No shots on goal, no nothing! Feel a bit sorry for the Spaniard but at 30 years of age, his time is surely up, isn’t it? Two whole seasons and not even double figures is appalling.

Mousa Dembele: 4

In my opinion, should have started, but didn’t do anything in his brief cameo, which doesn’t do him any favours. He just seems like his talent is wasted on the bench?

Player Ratings: Spurs 0-1 Manchester City

When the full time whistle went at the end of the game, it was a weird atmosphere surrounding White Hart Lane. Spurs have made it perfectly clear that they don’t want Europe next season, and really don’t care what happens from now until the end of the season, and I feel that the fans feel the same, and the players too. All credit to Manchester City who played superbly again against Spurs yet again, but Spurs didn’t really take the game seriously, I feel. Don’t get me wrong, some players really played well, but others either looked drained or not bothered.

Hugo Lloris: 6

Unusual game for Lloris today, as he made some superb saves again, but arguably could have stood up for the goal (baring in mind how much of a beautiful strike it was from Sergio Aguero). Still think that he is our best player and the most important player, but if we lose him, maybe Europe could have swayed him for one more season?

Eric Dier: 7

Since the cup final, Dier has arguably been one of the most consistent players for Spurs this season. Really excelled as a Right Back, despite wanting to be a Center Back in the future, with good crosses becoming a key part of both his game and Spurs’ game. I feel that if he continues to perform like this, then Kyle Walker will find it extremely hard to get back into the side.

Federico Fazio: 6

Actually played well considering his other performances throughout the season. I said in my “3 players key to a Spurs victory” that Fazio could be able to stop Aguero, or at least keep a strong defensive line. He kept Aguero relatively quiet despite the goal, which Fazio wasn’t anywhere near. Could probably find a better defender though, which doesn’t exactly help the core of the side.

Jan Vertonghen: 6

Another game in which Vertonghen was quiet but dealt with most of the danger that was put in front of him. This was a typical Vertonghen performance of very calm defending but dwelling on the ball for an uncomfortable amount of time. Showed today that he and Fazio are probably our best and strongest partnership.

Danny Rose: 6

Similarly to Dier, Rose has probably been one of the most effective players in the side. Attacking with sublime threat as of late, this wasn’t a performance from Rose that we have gotten used to, as his battle with James Milner on the left hand side kept him occupied and Milner, to his credit, kept Rose quiet. Hopefully, next season Rose will really advance his game and become a great player consistently.

Nabil Bentaleb: 6

Very, very ineffective today in a game, which potentially could have made him a real starlet in the Premier League. But no, he was kept under wraps by the City midfield perfectly and his passing was kept to a minimum. Another player who should really kick on when next season comes around.

Ryan Mason: 5

For a few weeks now, mason has been looking like a player who has a lot of fire and desire, but hasn’t been able to effect the game. Today was no different, as he covered a lot of ground, made some crunching tackles, but didn’t change the game at all. His defending for the goal was shocking, but In his defense, he had to make a choice in a split second and it ended up to be a costly one.

Nacer Chadli: 6

Well, the consistency didn’t really last, did it? Chadli played well in the first half, looking sharp and very lively, but once City scored, he seemed to lose interest. He wasn’t the only one however, but it just gets very frustrating to see a player like him who clearly has talent but doesn’t show it when it counts.

Christian Eriksen: 5

A rare poor performance from the Dane, as he was hauled off after 55 minutes. Normally, Eriksen looks able to create something special out of nothing, and early on it seemed like he was going to have one of those games, but likewise to Chadli, once the goal went in he didn’t look bothered. Clearly tired yet deserves a rest now.

Erik Lamela: 6

I have made it clear on a few occasions that I’m not the biggest fan of Lamela, but he played well today. He looked quick, he looked like he could grab a goal out of nowhere, but sadly, he couldn’t find a way through. Hopefully, if this version of Lamela shows up more often, he could go strides to justifying his price tag.

Harry Kane: 6

Kane tried to get his team mates going, but unfortunately, Kane cant do it all himself. He needs help and needs other contributions from everyone else. However, I did think that he looked good alongside Roberto Soldado, which is a thought for the future.

Substitutions:

Paulinho: 5

Played well In his short cameo, making a case for him to start a few more games to show what he is like when he feels in top form.

Roberto Soldado: 5

Not a bad showing, but given game time to prove himself, I can see him performing well despite his past.

Emmanuel Adebayor: 5

There is something about Adebayor that makes me disinterested in Spurs when he plays. Maybe it’s because of his history, or his lack of effort (and occasionally talent) that frustrates the fans. The quicker he goes, the better, in my opinion.

Player Ratings: Southampton 2-2 Spurs

In the battle between the Premier Leagues “best of the rest”, Tottenham and Southampton shared the points in a 2-2 draw that allowed both teams to leapfrog Liverpool into 5th and 6th respectively. Goals from Graziano Pelle, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli lighted up a game where chances came at a premium, as well as typical “Spursy” defending of show a couple of times, but both teams will see this is as 2 points lost rather than 1 point gained.

Hugo Lloris: 7

After returning from a knee injury, Lloris donned the captain’s armband once again, but unfortunately couldn’t keep a clean sheet. After rumors started circulating in the media of Hugo looking to get out of White Hart Lane, you cant help but feel sad knowing that this could be his last season at the club. It’s like the end of Breaking Bad, because you know what is going to happen to Walt, but there’s nothing you can do to stop it happening. A key save mid way through the first half saved Spurs’ skin, but Lloris cant be blamed for the build up to the first Southampton goal.

Eric Dier: 6

Putting in a shift at Right Back in place of the absent Kyle Walker (still not sure why), Dier played well enough and dealt with the danger when called upon. However, it was a shame to not see him partnering Vertonghen in the middle of defense, as many feel that his future at the club belongs in the heart of defense. Attacked well enough too, supplying some good crosses in including the delivery that set up Lamela’s first goal.

Federico Fazio: 6

For once, Fazio didn’t play that badly today! Yes, he could’ve gotten closer to Pelle on his second goal, but that would be too disrespectful on Pelle’s part. Tough tackling and strong headers proved to be the kryptonite to Southampton’s attack. Saido Mane, who got on the nerves on the majority of Spurs fans for diving more than a kid in a paddling pool on a lovely summers day.

Jan Vertonghen: 7

Partnering Fazio in the heart of the back four, the man they call SuperJan played fairly well, bringing the best out of a makeshift defense. Booked early on, Vertonghen controlled his tackles to perfection and felt calm when bringing the ball and trying to start attacks.

Ben Davies: 5

In my notes, I described Davies’ defending for the opener as “Clear your lines lad, state of your defending mate”. In hindsight, that may be a bit harsh, but after having performances from Danny Rose as of late, it’s hard to imagine a Left Back that isn’t him. An unfortunate injury late on ended his game prematurely, but can sometimes see potential in the Welsh international.

Ryan Mason: 6

Prior to the game, Paul Scholes said that there is more to Mason in terms of goals. When the greatest Midfielder that England has ever had says that there is potential, there is huge potential. The problem is, I feel Mason has too much, too soon. Maybe in a year’s time, he will consistently be the player we want to see, but as he showed today, he has a lot to learn. Except for his horrendous play for the opener, he didn’t do anything wrong, but a lot is to be learned by the young man.

Nabil Bentaleb: 6

In another controlled performance, he played well and showed his class in short bursts, but there is a lot more to Nabil, similar to Ryan Mason. I saw someone say that if Bentaleb scored Worldy’s he would be rated as highly as Paul Pogba. If he adds Worldy’s to his game, and changes games when it counts and becomes the focal point of the whole team, he will be rated very, very highly. Just not as high as Pogba.

Erik Lamela: 7

An Argentinian scoring with his hands and not being caught. Sound familiar? Unfortunately for Spurs, it was Diego Maradona scoring, but Erik Lamela and if it wasn’t for that game, it would have been another game where Lamela was invisible and didn’t effect the game as much as everyone would like. He ran, and passed the ball sideways on the edge of the box and I cant help but think why he didn’t pull the trigger a lot more. I think it’s time for Spurs to cut their losses and find a new club for Lamela, as he just isn’t cut for the pace and power of the Premier League.

Christian Eriksen: 6

Another attacker who was rather quiet today when the stage was set for Eriksen to be the playmaker he should be. He had some good ideas with his passes and movement but they came to nothing for whatever reason, but the class is still there. He needs to affect the games a lot more for the whole 90 minutes a lot more to be able to be considered a top midfielder in England.

Nacer Chadli: 7

Sporting his lovely Samurai man bun, Chadli got onto the score sheet again. A superb finish adding a bit of gloss to otherwise a average game. Maybe it’s the hair that’s giving him this rich vain of form. Well, quite frankly, if he scores next week against Manchester City, it will be more than the hair that he Spurs fans will be loving.

Harry Kane: 5

Very quiet, yet again, but I think his 30 goals this season will allow him to have some goalless games. Of course it would be nice if Kane was to finish top scorer, but lets not forget he has been playing more or less every game, for club and country, so I for one am not worried about his performances as of late.

Substitutes:

Vlad Chiriches: 5

Nothing of note, replaced injured Davies and was solid for his time on the pitch.

Mousa Dembele: 5

Replaced Chadli, and makes me wonder how he doesn’t start more often. Showed his passing skill and dribbling towards the latter stages of the game.

Roberto Soldado: 5

Didn’t do much, but would have liked to see him link up with Harry Kane up top one of these games. Has potential to be a class partnership.