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.
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.