Player Ratings | Fresh Spurs - Part 5

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Player Ratings: Spurs 2-1 Arsenal

Tottenham came from behind to claim a derby day victory over Arsenal. Mesut Ozil gave the Gunners the lead after just eleven minutes. However, two second half goals from Harry Kane cancelled the opener out, to give Spurs a famous derby day win. Here is how we rated the players that started against Arsenal.

Hugo Lloris – 7 – Didn’t stand a chance with Ozil’s goal, but was on top form to keep out Welbeck and Cazorla. Other than the goal and three other efforts, Hugo was rarely troubled.

Kyle Walker – 7 – Put in a solid performance again today. Was a big threat going forward and worked extremely hard to get back when we were out of possession. Looking near his old elf again, good to see.

Eric Dier – 7 – Like a lot of our youngsters in the starting XI, completely unfazed by the occasion. Looked solid next to Jan and put his body on the line to stifle Arsenal’s limited attacks. Very good in the air and on the ball, a man with a very bright future

Jan Vertonghen – 7 – May not be captain, but certainly lead by example from his position today. Won four aerial duels, kept Giroud completely out of the game and was on hand to sweep up and bring the ball out from the danger zones.

Danny Rose – 8 – One of the best games I’ve seem him in a Spurs shirt. Won plenty of challenges, constantly a threat on the left, good on his crossing, didn’t put a foot wrong today. Superb from, Danny.

Nabil Bentaleb – 8 – His return was truly noticed today. Made four tackles and made two successful dribbles. An exquisite assist for Kane’s second, and his work-rate was second to none. Great to have him back.

Ryan Mason – 8 – Played with passion, pride and purpose. Was everywhere on the field – both attacking and defending with urgency and bite. Made four tackles and was the main reason why Cazorla and Ramsey had such little effect.

Erik Lamela – 7 – Some clever touches and intricate play was one of Erik’s main assets today. Made three tackles, underlining his brilliant work-rate, and provided a superb corner that lead to Kane’s first.

Christian Eriksen – 7 – His first touch was unplayable at times today, as he shifted the ball across the field with ease. Made two tackles and won two aerial duels. Always wanted the ball and fitness is incredible, going into the game’s final moments.

Mousa Dembele – 8 – One of his best games. He looked strong in the game and drew Arsenal players out of position with his close control and turns. Shrugged off challenges with ease and looked much more confident. Made three successful dribbles and was unlucky not to score.

Harry Kane – 9 – MOM by miles, without the goals, his performance was one of the highest order. His hold-up play and presence up-front had Mertesacker and Koscielny full of nerves whenever he was near them. His first finish was one of complete composure, while his second was reminiscent of Messi’s versus United in the 2009 CL final – a deft header, off the back foot. Sublime.

West Brom 0-3 Spurs: Player Ratings

Mauricio Pochettino now has the highest win percentage of any Spurs manager in the last 116 years after his side’s years 3-0 win at West Brom this afternoon. Here is how we rated the players.

Hugo Lloris 8 – A spectator for the first 25 minutes, made two world-class saves from Morrison and then Yacob’s close range volley. Quiet second half until he saved Berahino’s shot that he tipped away, and saved Gardner’s header at the back post. Pure class again.

Kyle Walker 7 – Defensively he didn’t face too much trouble with Brunt not having the pace to match up. Forced the penalty decision when his cross hit Lescott’s arm; it was incredible pace to get in position and make himself an option for Eriksen to pass to.

Federico Fazio 7 – Had a few long balls go over his head that he had to deal with, and did fine while also getting a lucky ricochet off the forward that let him move away with possession. Was solid in the air and much better with the ball as well, getting better every game.

Jan Vertonghen 8 – Vital interception when Berahino and Anichebe made a one-two on the edge of the area, and a glancing header away when Anichebe was ready to meet it. Always comfortable on the ball even if he didn’t move up the field like he often does.

Danny Rose 8 – Great goal line clearance after Lloris’ save from Berahino. Attacked very well down the left hand side but didn’t stray out of position, was very disciplined. Tackling much improved, starting to look a more solid all-round left-back.

Ryan Mason 7 – Found himself in space so much during the first half; had a few disappointing passes that went out of play but showed good range with a crossfielder that landed on Eriksen’s foot. He didn’t get into the attacking half much, was content to let Paulinho move forward and he minded the back door.

Paulinho 7 – Did more in the middle of the field than we’re used to seeing, looked comfortable and started the move for the second goal with a pass to Lamela. Won as many challenges as he lost but did pretty well overall in the game. Drove a cross across goal that had a decent chance of hitting someone and going in. Had a great spin to get away from two players, but the shot was wild.

Erik Lamela 7 – Involved in the second goal with his pass to an on-the-move Dembele. Would love to have seen him keep his head up on a few counter attacks, and made one touch passes when taking a touch would have been the better option. Took a needless yellow card in the last minute when he clattered Yacob.

Mousa Dembele 8 – Very impressed. Great move for the second goal when he took Lamela’s pass and got the pass to Kane before he was fouled. Out of the blue he’s delivered some great showing s recently, needs to perform like this more often.

Christian Eriksen 9 – Free-Kick goal wasn’t quite placed in the top corner but Foster’s could only tip it into the roof of the net. Almost scored a second when he let Walker’s pass run across him with his back to goal, and totally caught out the defender, ran the show again, absolute brilliance.

Harry Kane 9 – MOM, ran the Baggies defence ragged. Scored our second goal when he took Dembele’s pass back onto his right foot with one touch to totally bamboozle his marker, and then his quick, powerful shot caught out Foster. Scored our third goal too when he slotted the penalty away; Magnificent again from Harry!


Nacer Chadli 6 – Good to see Nacer get some vital minutes ahead of a certain start ahead of the Derby next week, held play up well and looked sharp

Benjamin Stambouli 6 – Won the ball well plenty of times and helped us see the game out. Looking very good for £4million.

Roberto Soldado N/A – Came on for the last few minutes; a few nice runs and almost found over the top by Eriksen after one of them.

Player Ratings: Sheffield United 2-2 Spurs (Agg 2-3)

Christian Eriksen’s late show sent Spurs to Wembley at the expense of Nigel Clough’s battling Sheffield on a snowy night at Brammall Lane.

The Dane had put Spurs in the driving seat with a simply stunning free-kick in the first half, rooting the United ‘keeper to the spot with his swinging effort.

But 18-year-old substitute Che Adams had other ideas when he came on late in the second period, side footing home his first goal for the club to level the scores on the night, beore seeing his effort deflected in off a sprawling Eric Dier to level it on aggregate.

But as extra-time loomed large, Eriksen was sent through by a pin-point Harry Kane through ball and finished with ridiculous composure to send the travelling Spurs faithful into a winter wonderland.

Que Sera Sera!

Player Ratings

Michel Vorm 6 – a shaky start for Vorm after his recent blunder but it was enough on the night. Couldn’t do much about Adams’ second due to the deflection but might be disappointed at the first.

Kyle Walker 7 – Made up for his few errors with some tenacious defending, and his block from Vorm’s first half mistake was exemplary for the rest of the game. A great outlet on the right.

Eric Dier 6 – Unlucky to see his block fly into the top corner and was left out of place by Flynn’s crossing, but another composed display from the youngster.

Jan Vertonghen 7 – Similar to Dier, with some superb moments of composure as Sheffield pressed. Captained the side to Wembley.

Ben Davies 6 – Did his homework and dealt with Jamal Campbell-Ryce well. His replacement caused some stress when he started swinging crosses in from the right but once again, we did enough.

Benjamin Stambouli 8 – Excellent game from Benji, who was rock solid all game in front of the back 4. Set plays up and sat at the base of the attack wonderfully.

Ryan Mason 7 – Ferocious defence from the breakthrough youngster, who broke from midfield wonderfully to cause the Sheffield defence problems. Superb skill and balance, taking one for the team with his yellow card.

Erik Lamela 6 – Positive display from the Argentine, who carried the ball well but couldn’t get a sight of goal. Helped Walker out well on the right with some great tracking back.

Christian Eriksen 8 – Quite simply brilliant. Took us to Wembley with two moments of incredible skill, his free kick and his composed last minute finish. Champagne’s on him.

Mousa Dembele 8 – I thought Mousa was fantastic also tonight, keeping possession better than anybody on the pitch. Effortlessly shouldered away opposing midfielders.

Harry Kane 7 – Found the gaps in the Sheffield high line and was unlucky not to find the net. Tested the ‘keeper when nobody else would and created chances out of nothing when he went unsupported.


Paulinho 6 – Injection of energy in a floundering midfield.

Andros Townsend N/a – couldn’t get the ball but valuable defensively.

Danny Rose N/a

Player Ratings – Spurs 1 – 0 Sheffield United

Andros Townsend’s 2nd half penalty handed Spurs the advantage in the first leg of our Capital One Cup Semi Final against Sheffield United.

The Blades were under the cosh for the majority of the game, with Pochettino’s side even reaching up to 85% possession at times as the midfield trio of Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Andros Townsend probed for an opener.

But Nigel Clough’s side still held a threat on the break, with Jamal Campbell-Ryce getting the better of Ben Davies to give United the best chance of the first half.

The turning point came through the unlikely figure of Roberto Soldado, on in place of Emmanuel Adebayor, who exquisitely brought Jan Vertonghen’s clipped pass out of the air before Jay McEverley handled inside the 6 yard box.

Townsend converted coolly and Spurs saw the somewhat anti-climatic Semi-Final out to take a small lead to Brammall Lane next week.

Player Ratings

Michel Vorm 6 – Out quickly at the feet of anybody who entered his area but went massively untroubled. The odd catch here and there but nothing hugely promising going forward for Sheffield.

Ben Davies 4 – Given a torrid time by Jamal Campbell-Ryce – United’s only real threat on the counter. Given very little support by Eriksen and later Kane on the left but will be glad that the winger couldn’t pick anyone in red out.

Jan Vertonghen 7 – My Man of the Match for his rigid and composed display. The partnership with him and Dier is all he more attractive than that with Fazio in my opinion, and Jan ending the night with the armband was very apt. Solid both on the ground and in the air.

Eric Dier 6 – Much the same as Vertonghen, and provided some much needed brawn as Sheffield pushed for corners. Could easily have been playing defensive midfield for the large part.

Kyle Walker 6 – Couldn’t stretch the opposition back 4 as much as he would have liked, especially against his old side. The trip to Brammall Lane is in danger of getting the better of the local lad, but there were promising signs with him and Andros.

Benjamin Stambouli 6 – A pretty defensive approach but solid from the Frenchman. Maybe wasn’t needed due to Sheffield’s lack of fight in the first half and was lost when they countered but fitted nicely at the base of our attack.

Ryan Mason 4 – Disappointing return from injury for Mason who looked off the pace in the first period. Certainly tried too much with his passing, forcing errors. As ever, ran himself into the ground before tiring early due to match fitness.

Christian Eriksen 5 – Couldn’t work the space out on the left and was crowded out even more when he eventually moved inside. His shots at goal were rushed and set-pieces made me cry a little. Poor from Christian.

Andros Townsend 6 – Provided a boost of energy but had little chance to counter with the League 1 side sitting so deep. Tucked his penalty away nicely, something he is becoming known for.

Emmanuel Adebayor 5 – Hardly justified his inclusion in the side let alone his captaincy. Not necessarily “lazy”, just never found the space he needed to work an opening. Although, he should have hit the target with his first half volley.


Roberto Soldado 6 – Provided more of a danger than Ade in my opinion and his touch for the goal was class.

Mousa Dembele 5 – No impact. Passenger.

Paulinho 6 – Another energetic display from the bench, putting him ahead of Dembele for me.

Player Ratings: Spurs 2-1 Sunderland

Tottenham picked up yet another 2-1 win in the Premier League, this time Sunderland were on the receiving end of a Christian Eriksen late winner. Spurs’ last seven out of eight last wins have been won via 2-1 scorelines. Here is how we rated the players.

Hugo Lloris 8 – Made a number of fantastic saves including a double save from Johnson and Graham. Saved us in injury time when we should have been able to keep possession when he tipped away Graham’s shot.

Kyle Walker 6– Wasted a few good crossing opportunities but he was solid defensively. Made an important stop on Defoe just as the striker was cutting back onto his right foot; almost certainly saved a shot on goal.

Eric Dier 7 – Finally got his chance at Centre back because Fazio was injured and he had a good game. Made a few really good tackles on Defoe. Was comfortable in the air and on the ball, looked very composed, good all-round display.

Jan Vertonghen 8 – Scored the opening goal with a moment of brilliance. Was extremely unfortunate not to get a second goal late on because of a shocking decision from the linesman. Defensively solid and showed leadership, good game from Jan.

Danny Rose 6 – Put in a couple of world class crosses throughout the match and he was not challenged defensively. Good aggression in tackles but often a bit too reckless, needs to tone down in his challenges.

Benjamin Stambouli 6 – Was quiet today. Nice pieces of neat skill now and again but overall he didn’t get into the game. Effective in winning the ball but needs to be more forceful in possession and drive at defences.

Mousa Dembele 6 – Had a really good passing game completing 94% of his passes but he faded away as the game went on. Movement on the ball was quicker today but lacked the cutting edge we needed to break Sunderland down earlier on.

Nacer Chadli 6 – By his standards he had a below average game. Had a good chance to score at 1-1 but he fluffed his lines. Couldn’t ever cut inside and find the angle to either pass or shoot on target. Frustrating day.

Harry Kane 7 – Didn’t have his best match today. He was unlucky to hit the post just before half time but he tried to force the play in the second half.

Christian Eriksen 8 – Saved us again in the 88th minute with a superb finish. He nearly scored a fantastic goal in the first half dictated the pace of the game and was running Sunderland ragged, first half especially, another great showing for Eriksen.

Roberto Soldado 5 – Was very poor in all areas. Couldn’t pick a pass, his first touch let him down, his shots were wildly wide and he just looked like a broken beaten footballer. A sorry sight to see today.

Emmanuel Adebayor 6 – First game back since November. Very frosty reception, understandably, when he came on, but worked hard and won the ball with some good challenges and showed willingness on the ball.

Andros Townsend N/A – Only came on for the last 15 minutes but got the all-important assist for the winner.

Paulinho N/A – Came on for Chadli on the 87th minute.

Player Ratings: Crystal Palace 2-1 Spurs

A questionable refereeing decision at Selhurst Part saw Spurs miss out on the chance to go 4th on the table on Saturday night.

Spurs probed ceaselessly during a first half in which Alan Pardew’s Palace sat back and looked to hit us on the counter. Christian Eriksen squandered the best chance of the period when he somehow turned Kyle Walker’s cutback round the post.

The second half started in much the same way, and Harry Kane was once again on hand to reward the pressure when his low drive found the bottom corner through Scott Dann’s legs.

But Spurs sat back and Palace were back in the game when Benjamin Stambouli slid in on Joe Ledley to hand Dwight Gayle the chance to equalise – which he obliged at.

And the points were sealed in Pardew’s first game as Jason Puncheon took the ball off Wilfred Zaha to sweep the ball into the bottom corner of Hugo Lloris’ net.

Player Ratings

Hugo Lloris 6 – Beaten well by the penalty and could do nothing for Puncheon’s excellent strike. Stepped up excellently when Murray went through 1-on-1. Super save from Zaha late on.

Kyle Walker 6 – Was beaten easily by Zaha to produce the second Palace goal but was a constant threat going forward. Created the gleaming chance for Eriksen when overlapping down the wing.

Federico Fazio 6 – Struggled with the pace of the Palace attack especially when Zaha came on, but was as strong as ever aerially. Hasn’t won everybody ovber just yet.

Jan Vertonghen 6 – Was unlucky not to convert his header that Speroni dealt with well, but will be disappointed with Puncheon’s goal.

Danny Rose 6 – useful outlet at fullback and seems to have edged Ben Davies again. Not a lot in terms of final product during a game that was dominated by a pressing Spurs side.

Mousa Dembele 6 – Held off the Palace midfield well the majority of the time, but failed to inject the energy that Bentaleb would. No killer pass and didn’t open up at goal.

Benjamin Stambouli 7 – My Man of the Match despite giving away a penalty, which looked harsh considering Benji had pulled out of the tackle when Ledley went flying. Stambouli ran the first half, sitting in front of the back 4 and mopping up whenever the attacks came to an end. Some superb moments of skill.

Andros Townsend 5 – Wasn’t on it today. Misplaced passes straight into touch and overran the ball constantly. Nothing like he showed against Chelsea which is very frustrating.

Christian Eriksen 6 – Couldn’t conjure up any moments of magic when we needed it most. Wasn’t helped by a lack of runners out wide , and CERTAINLY should have made it 1-0 with an absolutely perfect chance in front of goal.

Nacer Chadli 6 – Didn’t make a move off his wing mostly, and didn’t link up with Kane in the same way that tore apart Chelsea. His tendency to drift in and out of games is unnerving.

Harry Kane 7 – Looked like Harry had produced another match-winning moment when he found the bottom corner of the Palace net in the second half. Ran the channels well but dropped deep too often to leave a hole up front.


Etienne Capoue 6 – Didn’t do much differently when he replaced Andros Townsend, allowing Dembele to *supposedly* move forward. Didn’t happen.

Roberto Soldado N/a – Nice to see Bobby get the run out but never got a sight of goal. Hardly an inspirational introduction.

Player Ratings: Spurs 5-3 Chelsea

Spurs produced the performance of a lifetime to humble league leaders Chelsea on a night to remember at White Hart Lane.

It was business as usual to start with Jose Mourinho’s side as Danny Rose switched off to see Oscar’s strike find the net off Diego Costa’s boot, but as usual Harry Kane had other ideas – beating two Blues players to find the bottom corner from outside the box.

The Lane then erupted as Nacer Chadli’s shot came off the post and landed at the feet of left-back Rose who made up for his earlier error by finding the bottom corner. Kane was again the pain in Chelsea’s side as he was felled inside to box to allow Andros Townsend the chance to hand us a 3-1 lead at the break – which he duly obliged.

The second half began where the first had left off – with Harry Kane turning and shooting to send Spurs into a 4-1 dreamland. Eden Hazard pinned it back to 4-2 before Nacer Chadli sealed the deal with a fantastic right-footed finish.

John Terry’s late tap in was enough to leave us holding our breath but Pochettino’s side held on to clinch a famous victory.

Player Ratings

Hugo Lloris 7 – Hugo couldn’t do anything for any of the Chelsea goals but on this occasion we can forgive him. His save to keep us in it with the score at 4-2 was as good as a goal itself and the captain can be proud of him and his side’s victory.

Danny Rose 7 – Started very shaky and was guilty of switching off in front of Eden Hazard for the first. But he grew into the game brilliantly and even finished a brilliant goal to hand us the lead for the first time.

Jan Vertonghen 8 – Worked tirelessly at the back especially as the pressure was piled on. Unified the back 4 as Diego Costa ran the channels and Fabregas picked his passes.

Federico Fazio 7 – Valuable aerially and tussled with Costa well as expected. Attacked every ball and hit every challenge with real desire.

Kyle Walker 7 – The best out-ball in the league surely, even after his massive injury. in the first half – even when we were behind – he was our most exciting prospect when we had the ball on halfway. Carries the ball forward brilliantly.

Ryan Mason N/a – A shame he left injured.

Nabil Bentaleb 8 – Crazy to think that the 19 year old looked right at home in between Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas today. Brilliantly mature performance and was called upon for more defensive duties than ever – but was awesome on the counter.

Nacer Chadli 9 – What a game from the Belgian. Goals and assists galore on the field and he came close to scoring more than his eventual one goal throughout the game. Beat Ivanovic countless times and showed his strength at the end of the game.

Christian Eriksen 8 – Pulled the strings in the middle and was unlucky not to get in on the scoring action. Had options left and right and used them efficiently, escaping Matic effortlessly.

Andros Townsend 7 – Fantastically energetic game and a superbly clinical finish from the spot. Useful on the counter attack with ridiculous pace and some amusing Cryff-turns too.

Harry Kane 9 – I’m running out of  positive adjectives to describe the players today and they are NEEDED now! Kane grabbed two stunning goals and chipped in with assists too as he ran Cahill and Terry ragged. His unbelievable season continues.


Mousa Dembele 8 – Replaced Mason earlier than expected but lived up to his teammate’s role. Showed wicked technical skill and strength and produced some creativity that we haven’t seen this season.

Paulinho 6 – Provided some energy but was really only on the pitch for the fresh legs.

Ben Davies N/a

What a game. Chelsea have only been beaten by one other Premier League side this season and we’ve put FIVE past them.

Credit HAS to go to Harry Kane and Nacer Chadli who played out of their skins, in a young side which included the likes of Nabil Bentaleb – in their first full season of League football.

Nobody can take this amazing performance away from us and my only hope is that we can produce the same levels of intensity for the rest of the campaign.

Happy 2015, Spurs.

Player Ratings: Spurs 0-0 Manchester United

Defences were on top at White Hart Lane as Hugo Lloris was once again the hero in between the sticks for Spurs.
The Frenchman sprang into action countless times as United pressed during a relentless first, notably to deny Robin van Persie when 1-on-1 and then a top-corner-bound effort from Ashley Young minutes before half time.
Federico Fazio and Jan Vertonghen had their work cut out as the formidable strikeforce of Van Persie and Falcao threatened to break the deadlock.

The game really came to the boil in the second period as Spurs began to create chances of their own thanks to the delivery of Christian Eriksen and restless work from Harry Kane.

The latter presented fellow youngster Ryan Mason with a golden chance to steal 3 points with just minutes remaining but he couldn’t keep his shot down from 6 yards as the breathless encounter finished goalless.

Player Ratings

Hugo Lloris 8 – The Boss once again. My Man of the Match for yet another inspired performance, with some of the saves of the season on show – especially from Young’s curler.

Vlad Chiriches 7 – Repaid the faith shown in him by Pochettino and settled the undoubted nerves felt by all when he was named ahead of Walker at right back. Coped well with Young and got forward in the second half.

Federico Fazio 7 – I’d go as far to say his best game in Spurs colours. Won everything in the air whether it be going forward or defending, and was unlucky to see his impressively technical volley saved by De Gea.

Jan Vertonghen 8 – Would have been my man of the match were it not for Hugo’s magic. Kept Van Persie and Falcao at bay throughout the game and read almost everything Mata and Rooney had to offer. Two goalline clearances.

Ben Davies 7 – Impressively mature display from the youngster, who is brilliantly defensively sound. Clever when going forward and kept substitute Rafael quiet.

Benjamin Stambouli 6 – Not sure he really fits the style of play we were going for as he wasn’t particularly efficient at protecting the back 4 alongside his creativity. Bentaleb should find his way back in soon, but not the worst game from Benji.

Ryan Mason 6 – A few misplaced touches here and there and DEFINITELY should have wrapped up our 3 points, but Mason was still ever present and ran tirelessly throughout.

Andros Townsend 7 – Excellent game from the surprise inclusion. Produced some magical balls from the right, especially his deft chip for Harry Kane in the first half.

Christian Eriksen 7 – Almost silent in the first 45 but came into his own in the second. Some awesome deliveries from dead balls and tested De Gea himself once or twice. Needed the ball at his feet more often.

Nacer Chadli 6 – Fairly quiet in my opinion but ran the channels well. Would have been better as a second half substitute as United’s legs tired as the game wore on but Chadli never unleashed his pace.

Harry Kane 7 – Great game from the young sensation even after his largely fruitless first half. During that spell he dropped deeper to help out a packed midfield but the second half saw him terrorise Phil Jones and create game winning chances.


Mousa Dembele 7 – Thought he was brilliant when he came on and held it up wonderfully.

Erik Lamela N/a

Player Ratings: Leicester 1-2 Spurs

Hugo Lloris: Man Of The Match, by a mile, he made some fantastic saves throughout the match, with stops from Schlupp and Mahrez the best of the lot. (9/10)

Kyle Walker: Did not get forward as much as he would have liked and picked up a card in the first half. (6/10)

Jan Vertonghen: Had a solid game at the back, but was fortunate not to give away a penalty late on after appearing to catch Vardy. (6/10)

Federico Fazio: Struggled at times against Ulloa and allowed the striker to get free and head against the post in the first half, but generally had a decent game. (7/10)

Danny Rose: Was given a tough time by Mahrez on his return to the starting lineup and will be disappointed that he allowed the Algerian to get in behind him for the goal. (6/10)

Nacer Chadli: The Frenchman had a great start to the game when he burst clear down the left and set up Kane for the first goal. He showed more signs of danger until he was replaced by Soldado just past the hour mark. (7/10)

Benjamin Stambouli: Wasted a huge chance to score in the first half when he raced clean through on goal, but took his time and allowed Konchesky to tackle him. He looked good when on the ball, but came off at the break for Mason. (6/10)

Christian Eriksen: Came to his side’s rescue with the winning goal from a free kick. Showed some neat touches throughout and always looked a danger in possession. (7/10)

Nabil Bentaleb: Beaten for pace by Mahrez for Leicester’s goal, but generally had a solid game in the midfield. (5/10)

Erik Lamela: Started the game strongly and was involved in the first goal, but faded as the match wore on. (8/10)

Harry Kane: The striker found the net once more with a composed finish in the first minute. He did not have too many more chances to impress, but should have grabbed another goal with a header just before the break. (8/10)

Ryan Mason: Was brought on at half time and showed some decent touches in the midfield. (6/10)

Paulinho: Came on for the closing stages and did not have a chance to impress. (6/10)

Roberto Soldado: Struggled to make an impact after replacing Chadli. (6/10)

Spurs are in their best form of the season and they will be delighted to have claimed the points today, despite a patchy display. Things started well for them and they grabbed an early goal through Kane. They looked dangerous every time they came forward and if they had continued in that form then the match could have been over within the first 20 minutes. However, they allowed Leicester to gain a foothold and they started to get pushed back deeper inside their own half.

Having narrowly escaped with a lead at half time, they were pegged back three minutes into the second half after allowing the Foxes to get in behind them far too easily. Their defence came under increasing pressure and they were having a hard time getting out of their own half. When they did score for the second time it came as a surprise, as Eriksen’s set piece should have been saved. It proved to be enough for them to win the match and they are now up to sixth in the table, just two points behind Southampton in the final Champions League spot.

Player Ratings: Spurs 2-1 Burnley

Erik Lamela finally got his first Premier League goal for Tottenham Hotspur as we got the three points via a 2-1 scoreline against Burnley after Harry Kane gave us the lead midway through the first half. Here are the player ratings.

Hugo Lloris 8 – Nothing he could’ve done for Burnley’s goal, made key saves from Barnes sand Ings and saved well twice at the end to preserve victory.

Ben Davies 7 – Another mature display from Ben, was solid in defence, tackling was precise and used the ball well on counter-attacks, especially first half.

Danny Rose 5 – He was on for about 30 seconds, not worth mentioning really.

Jan Vertonghen 6 – Had a good first half, won tackles commanded the back-line and defended well, got caught out and gave away a few unnecessary fouls late on.

Federico Fazio 6 – Had a good first half, won every ball in the air and defended well, got caught out a lot second half by Ings who had him bet for pace constantly towards the end of the game.

Kyle Walker 7 – Good to see him back on that right side, won plenty of tackles and defended his line solidly, just needs to be more confident ton the ball, but that’ll come when he’s fully-match sharp.

Ryan Mason 6 – Was solid till the injury forced him off, we seemed to lose our shape when he went off, shows how good he’s becoming in our side.

Benjamin Stambouli 6 – Played all of the second half, but did nothing much worth mentioning here.

Nabil Bentaleb 6 – Good commanding display 1st half was quick to the ball and kept the game moving, lost his way 2nd half after Mason was replaced and lost possession too many times.

Erik Lamela 8 – His best display for Spurs by far, worked really hard, won tackles, was positive going forward and a sublime goal too, hope it’s a start for Erik.

Nacer Chadli 6 – Played a neat ball to Kane for the 1st goal, but was very anonymous and left isolated on the wing, tried to win the ball hard but often gave away too easily.

Christian Eriksen 8 – Dictated the pace of the game Modric-esque, crisp in his passes, had several good shots and looks much more comfortable playing behind the striker.

Harry Kane 7 – Superb again from Harry, should’ve had a hat-trick today, movement was good as he created chances, pace, strength and work-rate brilliant, another great showing.

Roberto Soldado 6 – Replaced Kane late on, and did nothing notable.