Premier League | Fresh Spurs - Part 16

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Eriksen The Hero! Player Ratings- Hull 1-2 Spurs

Christian Eriksen grabbed the 90th-minute winner for Spurs as they came from behind to beat 10-man Hull.

Former Spur Jake Livermore had given the hosts the lead with just 8 minutes gone when he slotted a loose ball home from 25-yards.

Spurs probed in vain for an equaliser before half time but the game was turned on it’s head minutes after the second 45 began when Gaston Ramirez saw red for lashing out at Jan Vertonghen. Pressure mounted and was eventually rewarded when Eriksen’s swerving free-kick came back off the post for Harry Kane to finish into the empty net.

The kitchen sink came out as Hull held on until the very last minute of regular time when Eriksen picked the ball up 20 yards out to fire across goal and hand Spurs a top-half place.

Player Ratings

Hugo Lloris 6 – Topsy-turvy from the Frenchman who spilled a few long balls but ultimately cancelled out his errors with some sublime goalkeeping to keep out Brady and Ben Arfa.

Eric Dier 5 – Another lacklustre showing from the centre-half who was substituted at half time. Good in terms of strength and footwork but he’s far from the type of fullback Poch’s system requires, and was given a difficult task up against Robbie Brady.

Jan Vertonghen 7 – for all his grumpiness, Vertonghen is certainly our most gifted defender. Cut out some vital balls and was excellent on the front foot when Hull’s attack eased off. He even smiled when we scored!

Federico Fazio 6 – Was given a hard time on Twitter due to his first half mistake, handing the ball to Jake Livermore who finished with aplomb. He was also in direct comparison with the man he replaced, Michael Dawson, but his second half display restored a lot of faith for me. Better with his feet than most think.

Ben Davies 6 – Fairly average shift from Davies who didn’t exactly push the boat out like Danny Rose would. No doubt more solid defensively but hardly a risk taker, with few of is deliveries finding targets. Certainly more to come.

Ryan Mason 7 – Had a rough game thanks to Huddlestone and Livermore’s heavy-handed approach, but Mason performed admirably on the big stage again. An excellent anchor and faultless in the way of work-rate.

Mousa Dembele 5 – Struggling to see Dembele’s place in this Spurs side. Clearly not a defensive midfielder, although that was glossed over due to Hull’s defensive attitude after the red card. Guilty of holding onto the ball too long, too.

Erik Lamela 6 – For some reason Lamela’s come under some intense criticism since full-time. I was impressed by the Argentine today although he is no doubt guilty of holding onto the ball too long. Every team needs a “selfish” player as long as they have that ability and it was good to see Lamela going alone every now and then.

Christian Eriksen 8 – Praise the Lord he’s back! After weeks in the shadows Eriksen finally asserted himself as the side’s maestro, with every second touch of the ball coming from the Dane’s boot. Topped off the display with a lovely goal after his unlucky free-kick had resulted in the first. Showed that he needs to be playing in the middle!

Harry Kane 6 – A relatively quiet one from Kane despite the attacking onslaught. Grabbed himself yet another goal, albeit a tap in, but needed to be playing as the number 9 rather than out wide.

Roberto Sodado 6 – Some really positive signs from the Spaniard who yet again deserves praise for his positive build up play. Certainly should have found the net today but is due credit for finding himself in the right positions.

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Vlad Chiriches 6 – a surprisingly good outlet when he came on at right-back. Much less risky playing him there rather than centre-back that’s for sure. Delivery understandably average.

Aaron Lennon 7 – Changed the game. He balanced the side superbly by finally adding some width to the side, pulling the 10-men of Hull all over the park.

Paulinho N/a – Why did Paulinho come on?

This one was too close for comfort. For the side that we supposedly are aiming to be, needing the assistance of dubious red cards away at Villa and now Hull is simply not good enough.

There is no better feeling than seeing your side put away a Kane/Eriksen-esque last minute winner, but for the sake of my heart rate I’d love to see us beat a mid-table team comfortably for once.

Talking points aplenty, selection headaches and the seeds sown for no doubt countless debates, it’s good to have Tottenham back again.

Tottenham Team News And Predicted Lineup To Face Hull

Tottenham will be looking to get their season back on track when they face Steve Bruce’s Hull on Sunday afternoon. Spurs players will be out to prove a point after they fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Stoke. Michael Dawson could face his old club, but friendships will not be remembered during the clash as all know that this is a crucial game. Here is the Tottenham team news and predicted line-up.

Team News: 

After being given a red card in our loss to Stoke a couple of weeks ago, Kyle Naughton is once again out along with Andros Townsend. Kyle Walker could make his return from injury after eight months out against Partizan on Thursday, but it is believed that he will not feature against Hull. Mauricio Pochettino has also said that several players are doubts through injury.

Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1): 

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris:

There are only do many shots that you can save before conceding a couple. That has been the case for Hugo in recent weeks, and you have to feel a bit sorry for him, as he is such a good keeper, but he doesn’t have the defensive strength in front of him unfortunately.

Defence: Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose:

I am going to have to go with the usual back line apart from Eric Dier at right-back due to the absence of Kyle Naughton. This is not his natural position and I expect that he will not be played here after the clash with Hull. Kyle Walker is set to make his return against Partizan on Thursday and this could spell the eventual end of our right-back woes. It remains to be seen if Dier will be played in the centre once Walker returns from injury.

Midfield (Holding): Benjamin Stambouli, Ryan Mason:

I have said it before, and I will say it once again. Ryan Mason has been superb since his introduction to regular first-team football. However, Etienne Capoue has not been performing quite as well as the young Englishman has. Therefore, I feel Pochettino needs to, and will try a different combination in the holding midfield spots. Mousa Dembele is another potential candidate, bit his performance against Stoke wasn’t good enough.

Midfield (Attacking): Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli: 

At the moment, Nacer Chadli looks like the only player, along with Harry Kane, who can score a goal for Tottenham, so he must start this weekend. Mauricio Pochettino proved most wrong last team selection in dropping Erik Lamela twice in a row. I think he will be given another chance against Hull in place of Andros Townsend, who dropped out of the England squad with an injury.

Striker: Harry Kane: 

With the other attacking options by far off their best, Harry Kane seems like the best option for the lone striker. I expect Roberto Soldado to be saved for the Europa League and the fans would surely go mad if Emmanuel Adebayor starts up top by himself.

‘Sherwood Was Right’: Fans React To 2-1 Loss To Stoke

It was another poor performance from Tottenham as they lost again after the Europa League. Two first-half goals from Stoke gave them a two-goal lead, making sure that Nacer Chadli’s sweet strike on the volley was no more than a consolation goal for Mauricio Pochettino and his side. In the aftermath of the game, our old passionate friend Tim Sherwood made a brief appearance on Twitter. During his reign at Spurs, Sherwood said many things about the squad, including that the squad lacked variation, and it was all ‘much of a muchness’. Many fans now agree with our former boss,  and now say that he has a point. Sherwood was relieved of his duties as Tottenham head coach after six months, despite holding an eighteen-month contract, a contract that nobody could picture him seeing out. The blame wasn’t put onto Mauricio Pochettino though, some put the blame on the players, and some on the team upstairs. Here is the full Twitter reaction.

Another Dismal Display- Player Ratings: Tottenham 1-2 Stoke

A dismal showing from Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs saw them drop to 12th in the table after a 2-1 loss to Stoke City at White Hart Lane. First half goals from Bojan Krkic and Jonathan Walters gifted the Potters a 2-0 lead at half time, and while Pochettino did his best to change the side up for the second half, the side could only muster a consolation from Belgian winger Nacer Chadli. Chadli’s 6th of the season gave but a minute of hope to the Spurs faithful as Victor Moses was falled by Kyle Naughton just a minute later as he saw red.

Hugo Lloris- 4

A quiet game for Hugo who had nothing to do except pick the ball out of his net. Left hopelessly open for Stoke’s goals as the back 4 crumbled.

Kyle Naughton- 5

One of our better players before his dismissal, showing more tenacity in the tackle than any of his defensive teammates. Will be missed in his suspension.

Younes Kaboul- 3

His version of “leading by example” went down the drain. Out of position and lacking concentration, Kaboul can be faulted for both City goals.

Federico Fazio- 3

Another poor showing from the Argentine who followed up from his midweek red card. Some of his passing was suicidal and was predictably caught on the turn by Mame Diouf.

Danny Rose- 4

Provided an excellent ball for Chadli’s goal but that was his only real delivery from wide. Failed to capitalise on Stoke’s lack of pace at the back and the space created by our inverted wingers. Very sloppy passing.

Etienne Capoue- 4

Went completely missing once again. Failed to protect the back 4 at any stage of the game especially when Bojan walked through to score. Subbed with 25 minutes left.

Ryan Mason- 5

Looked more eager to get on the ball than anyone else but it was still a pretty bad showing. Didn’t create any chances from deep as he was smothered in the Stoke midfield.

Nacer Chadli- 5

Brilliant finish to pull one back and was the only man to actively take the opponents on today. Still didn’t quite click and was guilty of failing to provide width.

Christian Eriksen- 3

AWOL again from the Dane, who was pulled off at half time again. Couldn’t pick any holes in the Potters defence and his corners were abysmal again.

Andros Townsend- 3

Failed to use the momentum gained in Thursdays man of the match performance here and was also withdrawn at the break. Typically for a Spurs winger he failed to do his two jobs correctly – provide width and put crosses in.

Harry Kane- 4

Probably should have given us the lead in the first 5 minutes but was very unlucky with his diving header. Dropped very deep at times but when he became the no.10 nobody filled in. Challenged well aerially.

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Mousa Dembele- 3

Atrocious performance. Nowhere near good enough.

Erik Lamela- 4

Took over from Eriksen in that neither created space down the middle or spread the play wide. Came close with a free-kick.

Emmanuel Adebayor- 3

Came on with half an hour left and completed 1 of 6 passes.

 

Tottenham Team News And Predicted Lineup To Face Stoke

After winning three on the bounce in all competitions by no more than two goals, Spurs never really have looked to seal victory, keeping fans on the edge of their seats right until the final whistle. It is likely that this will be the case again as many make their way to White Hart Lane on Sunday when we face a resilient Stoke side. Here is the team news and the predicted starting eleven.

Team News: 

Nabil Bentaleb is still out for us, and as we all know, Kyle Walker is a long-term injury concern. Aaron Lennon could make his return after being left in London as most of the squad traveled to Greece to face Asteras Tripolis.

Predicted Lineup: (4-2-3-1) 

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris: 

Without doubt Lloris is our best keeper and should start again on Sunday. Michel Vorm did nothing specifically special to push Lloris off the Premier League perch after Vorm stepped in for the Frenchman as he served his suspension.

Defence: Kyle Naughton, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose: 

It is very clear that Tottenham need to tighten up defensively , and hopefully they can do this with a familiar defence unit of four. Kaboul couldn’t handle the height of Benteke last Premier League match against Aston Villa and it will be interesting to see how he does against Crouch. As I said, Fazio should start against the tall players, but as we saw against Asteras, he hasn’t settled in at Spurs yet and was sent off in the closing stages. Again, it will be good to have a natural full-back in the team again as the right-back spot looks a bit too much for Eric Dier. This will be solved when Yedlin comes in and Walker returns from injury.

Midfield (Holding): Ryan Mason, Etienne Capoue: 

Mason has been our brightest and most consistent star since his introduction into the first-team. Although Capoue is not in the best of form, he and Mason have a great understanding, Capoue sitting back and protecting the defensive unit, whilst Mason pushes forward and helps the attack when needed.

Midfield (Attacking): Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli

After Pochettino showing some variation in his selection of the attacking midfield three, I expect the Argentine to go back to his familar attacking three of Eriksen, Lamela and Chadli. It is also likely that they will stick to their best positions as they all look to find top form, apart from Nacer, who has five Premier League goals this season. It would be nice to see the three of them switching positions, as this can confuse defences as we saw in pre-season.

Striker: Harry Kane: 

It is very clear to all who Mauricio Pochettino SHOULD start, but who he starts is a different matter. Emmanuel Adebayor was left in London for Thursday’s game so it could well be him that leads the line on Sunday, although Harry Kane picked up another goal on Thursday against Asteras Tripolis. There will be an outburst for sure if young Harry doesn’t start.

 

 

 

‘Great To See Passion’: Fans React To 2-1 Win Over Aston Villa

Reaction was positive from a Tottenham point of view as Mauricio Pochettino’s side snatched a late win over Aston Villa at Villa Park. It took an 83rd minute goal from Nacer Chadli to cancel out a 17th minute goal from Andreas Weimann. Then Harry Kane found a late winner from a free-kick on the 90th minute to give Spurs a late three points. Many on Twitter had previously been calling for the inclusion of Harry Kane in the Premier League, and this time their prayers were answered, albeit he didn’t start the match. One fan even said that this could be the turning point in our season. This is how the fans reacted on Twitter.

Other reaction throughout the game was a number of tweets stating that Kane would have scored a fantastic chance that out of form Emmanuel Adebayor squandered in the first half when Spurs found themselves 1-0 down and searching for an equaliser.

Chadli And Kane Earn Spurs Win: Aston Villa 1-2 Spurs: Player Ratings

Tottenham certainly left it late to snatch three points from Aston Villa at Villa Park. An 83rd minute equalizer from Nacer Chadli and a 90th minute free-kick from substitute Harry Kane got us the three points in a feisty affair that saw Christian Benteke sent off after laying a hand on Ryan Mason.

Hugo Lloris- 7

Helpless for Villa’s goal there was no chance of him saving that, saved well afterwards when he needed to and swept up expertly as usual.

Danny Rose- 6

Often had a lot of room on the left but was too wasteful in his crosses, Got caught out of position several time as well

Jan Vertonghen- 6

Was often too carless in defence, had lots of problems against Benteke for the first half, not very impressive today

Younes Kaboul- 6

Also struggled marking Benteke, often panicked with very nervous clearances and didn’t show much solidity for large parts of the game at the back

Kyle Naughton- 6

Didn’t do much wrong defensively but was very cautious going forward, very nervous in his tackles as well, got overrun by Weimann on several occasions

Etienne Capoue- 5

Very disappointing today, failed to clear the cross for Villa’s goal, lost possession too often and kept getting overrun by Villa, game passed him by

Ryan Mason- 8

Kept  us from going further behind, only man who was driving the ball forward, and trying to get us back into the game, very rarely wasted the ball and won most of his tackles

Nacer  Chadli- 7

Was effective on both wings, created some good runs, scored at the crucial time for us which helped us win, solid showing

Andros Townsend- 6

Wasn’t on for long but he delivered some good crosses which troubled Villa, pace was effective cutting open Villa’s defence, won the free-kick for our winner too

Christian Eriksen- 5

Very poor showing, didn’t have a great influence on the game, couldn’t create any chances, very poor game by his standards

Erik Lamela- 6

Struggled to make an impact for much of the 2nd half, made some driving runs to create chances but wasn’t effective enough in the final third

Emmanuel Adebayor- 6

Had two golden chances that he should’ve scored, but wasted, drifted offside too often, wasn’t as strong in the air as he usually is

Roberto Soldado- 7

Had a couple of solid chances that he should’ve done better, looked much more comfortable playing in a 2 and worked well with both Adebayor and Kane

Harry Kane 8:

Made a fantastic impact when he came on, looked more positive in our attacks, gave Villa’s defence trouble with his pace and strength and brilliant goal to win it, keep it up, Harry

Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Aston Villa

Spurs got back to winning ways when they beat Brighton 2-0 at White Hart Lane in the Capital One Cup. The goals came from Erik Lamela and Harry Kane, sparking huge debate over who should start at the weekend. Mauricio Pochettino has silenced this by hinting the Kane could be handed his first start of the Premier League season. Villa have not won in five games, scoring in none of them.

Team News: 

Spurs will travel to Villa Park without Kyle Walker and Nabil Bentaleb through injury. Kyle could be back soon, although the boos is not quite sure the exact date of the right-back’s return. Aaron Lennon is a doubt to make the starting eleven after picking up a knock on Wednesday.

Predicted Lineup: (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris: 

Hugo has been in fantastic form recently, and has kept us in many games for large periods of time. It is almost guaranteed that the Frenchman will start at Villa Park.

Defence: Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose

Vertonghen has said some positive things about the team this week, and performed well on Wednesday, getting in a last ditch tackle to keep the game goalless and should start alongside the captain Younes Kaboul. Eric Dier should be rested now that Naughton is back from injury, it is not his natural position at right-back, and this showed for the first Newcastle goal last week.

Midfield (Holding): Etienne Capoue, Ryan Mason

This has been the holding midfield partnership for the past few week, and was quite effective at Manchester City, although we lost 4-1, it allowed one extra man to help out in attack, whilst the other was happy to sit back and protect the defence.

Midfield (Attacking): Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli

Pochettino has liked to stay with this attacking three all the way through the Premier League season, and you can understand that decision with two them being our top two goalscorers in the Premier League. It could only be a matter of time before Erik Lamela bags his first league goal for Tottenham as he bagged another cup goal, his third in last two cup appearances. It will also only be a matter of time before we see the full potential of Lamela, as he turned the game on its head when he came on at half-time.

Striker: Harry Kane

Pochettino has already hinted that Kane will start on Sunday, and rightly so. He has been in terrific form in cup competitions such as the Europa League and the Capital One Cup. If he can transfer this form into the Premier League it would be a huge boost as we need goals from up front. However, Kane could start behind the striker, although this is unlikely as Pochettino may want to keep the same attacking three as he has done in recent weeks.