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Player Ratings: Spurs 1-2 Arsenal

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

Michel Vorm- 6

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

Kieran Trippier- 6

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

Federico Fazio- 2

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

Kevin Wimmer- 6

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

Danny Rose- 7

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

Eric Dier-6

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

Tom Carroll- 4

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

Andros Townsend- 5

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

Christian Eriksen- 5

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

Nacer Chadli- 4

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

Harry Kane- 6

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

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.


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.

Who Should Be Tottenham’s Third Attacking Midfielder?

In one of the more attractive vacancies in the footballing world, Spurs are on the look out for an attacking midfielder. Following the closure of the transfer window, Spurs will be looking in-house to fill the position.

Wanted: Attacking midfielder with proven ability to play on right side of a three.

Attributes required: The ideal candidate must show a willingness to run behind, press high up the pitch and provide cover for a marauding fullback when required. The ability to create chances, run with the ball and use possession efficiently are essential. Pace and shooting ability preferred.

Christian Eriksen, knee injury permitting, is the main creative force in the centre and was sorely missed against Everton, despite Ryan Mason’s sterling effort at filling in. One presumes Son Heung-Min has been signed as an upgrade over Nacer Chadli for the Jay Rodriguez role on the left-side, cutting in and supporting Harry Kane with goals.

But that leaves one space up for grabs. A third amigo, a third musketeer, a third banana.

In the season so far, Mousa Dembele has occupied the position, to limited effect. The Belgian has his supporters, but I’m not one of them. For all the talent and touch and seeming class, there is little-to-no end product. He presumably had some traumatic experience with long-range shooting as a child, such is his unwillingness to have a go at goal. He also has developed an aversion to carrying the ball forwards in recent seasons, preferring instead to take a step forward, stop, retreat, and then pass the ball sideways like some latter day Ray Wilkins.

His slow plays gums up Spurs attacking flow and makes it too easy for the opposition to get into formation, and is a frequent contributor to the tedious play we see at White Hart Lane with its tight pitch. As I’ve mentioned previously, I actually would like to see him up front — I’m going to keep banging on about this until either a) someone agrees with me or b) Pochettino tries it and he is rubbish.

So, let’s take a look at the other candidates:

Nacer Chadli: Once Son settles in, it will be at the expense of Chadli. Chadli had all the makings of a transfer bust in his first season, but then turned it around splendidly once Pochettino arrived. He scored 11 goals in 35 appearances last season, and already is off the mark this term. He looks like he has everything — pace, power, technique, goal-scoring ability and height. But the whole doesn’t quite add up the sum of the parts — he is a very good player, but not a great player. There are times when he drifts out of the game, or appears to settle for a 7/10 performance when a greedier player would be sniffing around for the extra goal or assist. You’ve got to want to dominate. But, to me, I’d rank Chadli as the primary option to fill the vacant spot due to his ability to score goals. Bar his first season at Spurs, he has been a consistent scorer throughout his career. He should be able to operate on the right rather than his preferred left flank.

Andros Townsend: Sorry, England international Andros Townsend. I thought Spurs would move Townsend on this summer while his stock remains high after his excellent international outings. But, they kept hold of him — it now feels like the last chance saloon. Last season, Pochettino gave Townsend and Lamela extended runs and neither excelled. In 17 league appearances last season, Townsend had two goals (one was a penalty) and two assists. This is pretty pathetic when you have your mate Harry Kane up front and breathing fire. To me, Townsend is best coming off the bench as an impact guy who runs at tired defences. When he starts, he gives the ball away too much, doesn’t track back and contributes little. He may improve, and he certainly needs to.

Erik Lamela: The record signing and official club enigma. I thought he was out the door this summer, but various transfers collapsed and he is stuck at Spurs. He is never going to be a £30 million player, but there is undoubtedly talent there. First of all, Lamela makes things happen. Last season in 25 league appearances he had two goals and seven assists (Eriksen had just 2 assists in 37 games). He obviously has a wand of a left foot, as that rabona and the game winner against Burnley showed. His problem is that he gives the ball away constantly, and fouls whenever he tries to make a tackle, especially during League games when it appears the pace is too high. This must drive Pochettino mad. But, as a creative option, I’m glad Lamela is still kicking around — the squad feels a bit samey and predictable without someone like him. I’m not sure how much time he will see in the League, but I expect Lamela to light up the Europa League this season — even if only in a bid to secure his move away from the Lane.

Dele Alli: In his few appearances so far, Alli has looked seriously exciting. He scored what should have been the winner against Leicester, and against Everton he was immediately into the action and could have been involved in two goals. He looks an extraordinary athlete, with great technical ability and a willingness to make runs and get involved. It would be no surprise if Alli had made this position his own by the end of the season.

Alex Pritchard: His injury at the U21 Euros was seriously unfortunate as it cost him a rare chance to impress Pochettino in preseason. But, he is fit now and has an opportunity with the Europa League and Capital One Cup kicking in. I think it is easy to downplay what he did last season with Brentford — he was sensational. Twelve goals and seven assists in 45 matches is some performance. I watched a couple of the games as I was starting to get excited — it wasn’t that he was technically good, what caught the eye was that he was dominating and leading the team. In his brief England performances in the summer, he was one of the few players to make an impact and was sorely missed once he was injured. In style and physique, he seems a lot like Eriksen, but a lot of his play for Brentford was from the wide positions.

Josh Onomah: From what I know about him, he primarily plays through the centre. But many a fine player has shifted wide in search of playing time early in their careers. I’ve only seen glimpses — but they are so tantalizing! What touch and vision he shows. I’m sure it is a year or two too early for him — but who knows? The fact that he is still there, rather than out on loan, means he has a chance.

Clinton N’Jie: Can he play on the right-side of a three? Can he play up front? Can he play at all? Is he the next Samuel Eto’o? Is he the next Helder Postiga? Can he walk in a straight line without falling over? I really have no clue, and suspect no-one else does either.

Those are the main contenders. Ryan Mason, at a push could play out on the right, but this would be a defensive choice. Harry Winks plays centrally. I’d like to nominate Tom Carroll as the official “forgotten man” of the Spurs squad — I’m amazed he is still here. Though, with the lack of central midfield options, we may be seeing him in the Europa League. But anyway, he isn’t a wide man.

So, there are options. In fact, there are plenty of options — it’s just not entirely clear if any of them are good options. Some are intriguing, some are an exercise in optimism, some have already flattered to deceive.

But I like the fact there is clear competition for a spot in a good Premier League team, and that it will come down to who is the hungriest and who takes their chance when offered.

Charles Richards blogs at The Spurs Report. Follow him on Twitter (@crg_yeah), and Fresh Spurs (@Fresh_Spurs_)

FOUR Clubs Interested In Spurs Winger

Four Premier League clubs are set to battle it out for Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, who has fallen out of favour under Argentine boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Sunderland, Aston Villa and Newcastle are set to be joined by West Ham in the race for the England international who started just ten league games last season for Spurs.

The Daily Star believe that West Ham have now joined the race for Townsend, and they also report that the Lilywhites are wanting to sell up for £15m, and with that many clubs interested, they are sure to be holding out for the full asking price.

Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy have been working hard throughout the summer shifting some of the deadweight, including midfielders Paulinho, Benjamin Stambouli and Etienne Capoue.

The Argentine boss has left Andros Townsend out so far this season with the Englishman unused this campaign, will this summer see the end of Townsend’s career at Tottenham?

Should Tottenham Sell Andros Townsend This Summer?

The common feeling around Tottenham Hotspur right now is that Mauricio Pochettino is building a young, hungry talented squad with plenty of potential to improve. Combine that with players who are approaching their prime such as Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen and the balance in the squad looks positive.

However, caught in the middle of all of this is Andros Townsend. At 23, he can no longer be considered a young up and coming talent along the same lines as 20 year old Nabil Bentaleb or 21 year old Harry Kane. Here and now is the time for Townsend to prove himself a player that has a future at Tottenham.

Cast your mind back to 2013. Townsend had started the season in terrific form and had fired himself into the England team, scoring a terrific goal on his debut. It looked like Spurs and England had unearthed a true gem who would go from strength to strength. Townsend was electric in his play, however an injury hampered his progress and from that moment to this day he has never looked the same. His confidence clearly plummeted after his injury and he has not been able to hit a consistent level since. The question now is does he still have a future in the Tottenham first team? Last season we saw mere flashes of his talent (his superb goal against Swansea for example) and for the most part he was kept out of the team by Erik Lamela.

It was reported last summer that Tottenham had received bids of up to 12 million for Townsend’s services. Spurs are not exactly blessed in Townsend’s position, with his challenger Lamela not enjoying the best of seasons either. Both players are viewed as frustrating by most spurs fans, due to their decision making and lack of a final product. Townsend in particular though is certainly at a crossroads in his career, as there’s no guarantee of him getting a starting spot next and season and also every chance that Spurs could sell him for a sufficient fee.

Would selling Townsend be a good idea? Some may feel that all he really needs is a consistent run in the team to try and prove himself again, and there’s also his international performances to take into consideration. Roy Hodgson consistently shows faith in Andros and most of the time it pays off, his superb goal against Italy proving that. His confidence seems to sky rocket when he pulls on the England shirt and if Pochettino could channel that form into his performances for Spurs then we may be looking at the Andros of 2013 again. However, this is all easier said than done and there have been little signs of it happening so far. Townsend’s career at Tottenham may very well depend on his performances in 2015/16, as that may just be his last chance to prove that he can reach the levels he achieves for England and has achieved for Tottenham in the past.

Is Andros good enough? Does he deserve a starting spot? Tweet us @Fresh_Spurs_ and let us know your thoughts

Spurs Chase Crystal Palace Star

According to The Sun, Tottenham are preparing a bid for Crystal Palace star Yannick Bolasie, and it could include a player should a cash-only bid fails.

Bolasie is a wanted man after a great season in a Crystal Palace shirt, netting five goals in 41 appearances, and assisting many more as the Eagles secured a top-ten finish under Alan Pardew.

The DR Congo international has been valued at around £20m, but Spurs will be hoping that they can get the deal done for much less than the quoted fee.

Should a cash-only bid fail, then it has been reported that Palace are interested in Spurs winger Andros Townsend, and he could be offered in an attempt to bring Bolasie to White Hart Lane.

It has been a difficult season for Andros Townsend, after being preferred to Erik Lamela early on in the season, the England international has been dropped, and now the Argentine has taken his place. A move for Townsend in the summer would be no surprise to most.

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Yedlin Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Newcastle

Newcastle United are in desperate need of a win. John Carver hasn’t guided them to a single win in 5 games, and he recently described the Newcastle job as the “hardest job in the world”. Tottenham drew a dire game away at Burnley and lost last week at home to Aston Villa, so as per usual for Tottenham, the play the out of form team in the league who are in need for a win. It makes me think of the intro to “The A-Team”, “If you have a problem, if no one else can help and if you can find them, maybe you can hire, the Spurs team”.

Regardless of the lack of hope shown by fans on Social Media, the team can pick up the 3 points up at St. James’ Park similar to last year where a 4-1 victory was enough to take home the point. With a few players missing such as Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, and Jan Vertonghen, it seems that a few players will be able to showcase their ability in front of the Sky Sports cameras this Sunday.

Team News:

Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris and Kyle Walker all remain doubts for the trip to Newcastle.

Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1):

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm:

With Lloris a doubt yet again, it seems likely that Vorm will keep his place in the line up. Despite not picking up a win In his 2 games in goal, he has put in relatively good performances that kept the score down against Villa last time out and picking up Spurs’ 7th clean sheet in the Premier League season. With a misfiring Newcastle strike force I wouldn’t be surprised that, if Spurs picked up any points this weekend, Vorm would most likely keep another clean sheet.

Defence: DeAndré Yedlin, Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, and Danny Rose:

Providing that Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen are still out, it is possible that Yedlin would make his full debut for Spurs after what seems like forever. Fazio will most likely continue to deputize for the missing Vertonghen, despite his poor performance against Villa last week. With Eric Dier and Danny Rose growing into their roles, the only thing to do is to have them continue in the defense.

Defensive Midfield: Nabil Bentaleb; Ryan Mason:

After making this position their own this season, it is down to them to show why they deserve to retain it for next season. After some shaky and lifeless showings recently, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to show their class and their tough mentality that has reared its head rarely this season.

Midfield: Christian Eriksen; Moussa Dembele; Andros Townsend:

These three could prove to be the key if Tottenham are to win this Sunday, as each possess that spark that is a handful to deal with at the best of times. With Townsend putting in a Ok performance against Villa, it is vital he puts in a good performance to keep up his England place. With Eriksen seemingly one of the first names on the team sheet each week, the final place could go to Moussa Dembele. Without a start recently, being dropped for Paulinho and Lamela, Dembele would love to show everyone his true ability with a key role in the center of the park.

Striker: Harry Kane:

The “HurriKane” would love to cap off a brilliant week in which he was nominated for both PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year by scoring at St. James Park. Missing the previous fixture, being dropped for Emmanuel Adebayor, he will be looking to show the Geordies what its like to be on the back end of a “Kaneing”.

Player Ratings: Spurs 0-1 Aston Villa

Frustration. It’s a word that is associated with Tottenham Hotspur too often this season. After today’s match with Aston Villa, it almost shows that no matter who the manager is, or who the players are, it seems to be something that will always be with the club. Christian Benteke won the game for Villa, which is a monumental victory for them, but from Spurs’ point of view, it’s two poor performances in games we should’ve won. The game was rather sloppy from Spurs, and in the second half there was a distinct lack of effort, which was the main gripe for the Twitter fans.

Michel Vorm: 6-

Despite conceding, he was very good with certain distribution, good commanding of his area, and stopped the result from being even worse by saving a Fabian Delph effort late on. Vorm’s performance was one of the shining lights of the game.

Vlad Chiriches: 4-

Chiriches is just plain awful! I hate being so negative about our players, but it doesn’t seem like he has the ability to pass the ball 5 yards. Not up to it at all today and doesn’t seem to be up for the pace and power of the Premier League, and will most likely be sold in the summer if anyone actually comes in for him.

Federico Fazio: 4-

Again, another player who doesn’t seem capable of cutting it in the Premier League. Failing to mark Benteke properly in the build up to the goal, he looked to be capable of slipping up at any second. Fazio never has looked to be able to get to grips with the style of English football and always come across as if he’s constantly playing in slow motion.

Eric Dier: 5-

Rather ineffective throughout the game. Whenever called upon, dealt with the pressure with relative ease, but didn’t show any signs of promise for the future. Maybe he just plays better with Vertonghen, but Dier doesn’t seem to be the player he and the club thought he would be by this time.

Danny Rose: 7-

Yet again, Danny was our best player. He showed the most energy, passion, drive and wanted to get forward and create for the team. Unfortunately, no one was on the end of his crosses and was unable to affect the others. My Man of the Match for the third game in a row.

Ryan Mason: 4-

Poor performance when a midfield general was really needed today. I had to double check to see if he was even on the pitch he was that quiet. Ryan seems to have gone way off the boil a of late, and if his performances don’t improve quickly, then maybe it’s time to ask whether he is good enough to be a starter at the club.

Nabil Bentaleb: 5-

Similarly to Mason, a very quiet performance and very ineffective. Nothing creative at all from Nabil, and showed signs of fatigue throughout the second half. Maybe it’s time to shuffle that midfield around, to freshen things up.

Christian Eriksen: 5-

Tried to create for Harry Kane in the first half and had some shots of his own, but the passes never made it through, and the shots were high, wide and not at all handsome. The midfield area shows how desperately Tottenham need some capable bench players, as Eriksen was a little bit tired towards the end of the match. It seems that Pochettino’s fast pressing style is really affecting the players in the final run in of the season.

Nacer Chadli: 5-

No determination or desire at all today. Chadli, who is often accused of being inconsistent and not tracking back, was invisible for a period in the first half and the majority of the second half until he was subbed off.

Andros Townsend: 5-

Andros tried to take on players in the first half, but once he realized he was in for a tough game, he almost looked to give up. He tried to up the tempo, but didn’t fancy a challenge today, so gave in. Townsend’s performance sums up the whole game for Tottenham quite frankly.

Harry Kane: 5-

Kane is in desperate need of a rest. He is clearly worn out, but is forced to play, as we don’t have anyone capable of replacing him. Relies heavily on service from the three behind him, but when that services isn’t there, then he can’t win games, and cant boss around defenders like he wants.


Roberto Soldado: – N/A-

Subbed on for Chadli, did nothing at all and was forced out wide where he clearly isn’t comfortable. Whether it was his personal choice to go out wide so Kane is the lone striker, or instructions from the manager, it should never, ever be done again.

Erik Lamela: – N/A

Subbed on for Andros Townsend, immediately drifted out of the game and was useless in his 11 minute cameo.

DeAndre Yedlin: – N/A

Subbed on for Chiriches, Twitter hyped up Yedlin for months and months, and when he finally came on, he was out muscled and floored by Kieran Richardson. Maybe after a few games he will show his potential, but today wasn’t his day.

Player Ratings: Burnley 0-0 Tottenham

When I sat down today in front of my TV eating the Easter egg my girlfriend got me, I didn’t expect to see the type of game I saw today. The pace of the game was slow, the crowd at Turf Moor didn’t seem up for the midday kickoff, and even the commentators seemed to be a bit bored after a while. Quite frankly, the only good thing of note was the sunshine! But nevertheless, the loyal Spurs fans stuck by them, and Twitter was as colourful as always, and the players lined up to play Burnley on Easter Sunday.

With very little to talk about, Tottenham controlled in large parts of the game, but occasionally looked vulnerable at the back. In hindsight, both teams will look back at the game infuriated that neither side could take the initiative and lead on the front foot. Both sides lacked the cutting edge in the final 20 yards, and whenever Spurs broke on the counter or had a decent spell of possession, it was wasted by laughable incidents like ‘that’ Paulinho shot.

Both teams will have to look at this game as a point earned rather than any lost, or even any gained for that matter.

Michel Vorm: – 6-

In dire matches, the goalkeepers need to always keep focused and not be swayed by the tempo of the game, and Vorm did that exceptionally well today. When he was called upon, such as the Danny Ings effort minutes before halftime showed that even with our club captain Hugo Lloris out, we can rely on our backup, and he even got a clean sheet!

Kyle Walker: – 2-

I try to be as positive about Spurs as I can, but when I see a player put in a performance like Walker did today, it makes me wonder how he got into the England squad this week. Everything he did today didn’t work, and really showed his lack of positioning and knowledge of defending. Walker does frustrate sometimes, but his substitution due to injury was probably the best thing that happened to Spurs in the game.

Eric Dier: – 6-

Dier performed really well against a potentially tricky attacking unit from Burnley and continues to show his worth to the squad. It’s refreshing to see a top quality English Centre back really work on his trade constantly, especially at Tottenham where the habit of buying average/poor defenders is becoming strong.

Vlad Chiriches: -5-

Chiriches didn’t really make any mistakes, yet at the same time, he never really had anything to, or was ever troubled, similarly to Dier. When the team was announced that Chiriches was starting, I have to admit I wasn’t too happy, but after his display today, it proved to be the right decision.

Danny Rose: (My Man of the Match)- 6/7-

Yet again, Rose shined as the best player of the game, as he dealt with any danger exceptionally well, as well as attempting to start any attacks on the left, and bringing others into play. It was hard to choose a Man of the Match, but Danny was one of few to really put in a good shift today.

Ryan Mason: – 5-

After getting his first England cap in midweek, Ryan Mason was probably full of confidence, but unfortunately it didn’t show in his performance today. He didn’t really control the game at all but put in some good challenges, but continues the recent trend of seemingly running out of steam early on in games.

Nabil Bentaleb: – 5/6-

If it weren’t for his ghost-like showing in the second half, Bentaleb would have been my Man of the Match. He showed in the first half why I named him as one of the key players for Tottenham this weekend by controlling the game, spreading the play and trying to force Eriksen and Chadli to get more involved.

Nacer Chadli: – 5-

Yet another player who didn’t do much wrong, yet didn’t do much at all. He tried to force himself to attack, but it became apparent he just didn’t feel up to it, and further adding to the claim that he needs to add more effort into his game.

Christian Eriksen: – 5-

Similarly to Chadli, Eriksen didn’t seem mentally up for it today, and it showed through the first half, however he did show signs of positivity with efforts that either flew over the bar or hit a defender and really didn’t offer much consistently in the match.

Paulinho: – 4-

Paulinho is a sign as to why Franco Baldini shouldn’t be in charge of transfers. ‘That’ show showed how poor he really was today. He was invisible in the first half and whenever he did get the ball he either passed it sideways or gave it away. Not much to say about his performance apart from him being a proven waste of money.

Harry Kane: – 5-

Despite captaining the side today, Kane never really showed any signs of scoring, mainly due to a lack of service from the supporting attack. On any other day, he probably could’ve have pouched a goal or two, but today just wasn’t his day.


Ben Davies: – 4-

Apart from a few nervous moments towards the end of the game, Davies put in a solid shift at Centre back after coming on for Kyle Walker just after the half time break.

Andros Townsend: N/A

I’ve decided not to give Andros a mark, simply because he wasn’t on the pitch long enough to make any sort of impact.

Erik Lamela: – 4-

I actually felt this game was made for Lamela, as he is capable of a spark of magic, despite how rare it is for Tottenham. But unfortunately, he wasn’t able to create anything of any note and almost withered into the bleakness of the game.

Townsend Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Burnley

It’ll be over two weeks since Spurs last played when they kick off against Burnley at Turf Moor. Our last game, a 4-3 win over Leicester showcased Harry Kane’s continuing rise but also our incredibly vulnerable defence. Nacer Chadli this week described our final 8 games as ‘8 finals’ and although a Champions League spot looks next to impossible, a strong finish to the season for Spurs can only do us good going into the next campaign.

In Burnley, we face opposition who are in a relegation dogfight, but certainly don’t look as doomed as our last opponents Leicester. Burnley will fight to the last for a place in this league next season and despite a loss against Southampton last time out, the last time they played at Turf Moor they defeated champions Manchester City 1-0, enforcing the point they should not be taken lightly. Spurs will need to be ready for a battle. Here is the team news and predicted line-up.
Team News:
The injury Hugo Lloris suffered against Leicester last time out keeps him out, whilst the only other doubt is Roberto Soldado.
Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1):
Goalkeeper- Michel Vorm
After the injury suffered by Lloris against Leicester, Vorm will come in and take his place in the starting line up. Hugo is a huge miss and Vorm has looked shaky when he has played recently, but he will be hoping to prove his is more than able to help the team to victory when called upon this weekend.
Defenders- Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose 
Walker- He has had his fair share of criticism lately, but his confidence can only hand risen after keeping his place in the England squad. Walker needs to work hard and begin to show form as the season comes to a close, hopefully starting with a positive performance on Sunday. 
Eric Dier- Still young, still learning the game, but will be the best option to cope with a very mobile Danny Ings.
Jan Vertonghen- Both he and Dier will have to keeping a close eye on Ings, who may be looking to impress possible future employers. Jan has been our main CB for some time and will continue on Sunday.
Danny Rose- An incredible season has been recognised with an England call up for Danny Rose and despite having to drop out of the squad due to injury, it still shows that his progress is finally starting to be recognised by not just Spurs fans. Has improved his game no end since the signing of Ben Davies, and will keep the Welshman out again this Sunday for sure.
Midfielders- Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb 
Ryan Mason- Mason is another player who had his superb season recognised with an England call up. He assisted the screamer scored by Andros Townsend and his confidence will be sky high going into this one. His tough tackling and energetic style will be needed in the middle of the park.
Nabil Bentaleb- Cool, calm and composed. The Algerian will be hoping to keep things ticking over on Sunday. A superb season, his place in the team assured.
Attackers- Andros Townsend, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli
Andros Townsend- Considering both he and Lamela haven’t had the best of seasons, I would imagine Pochettino will start with Andros after his stunning goal midweek. He will be hoping his confidence will have shot up with (yet another) goal for England. If he could replicate his England form at club level , Andros would be some prospect. Hopefully it all starts on Sunday.
Christian Eriksen- After a landmark week for Denmark, Eriksen will be hoping to get back to his best at club level. He’s entered a bit of a quiet patch since his stunning form from November to January, and he will be hoping to get back to his best and start scoring and creating again. Our most creative player, will be hoping to be the difference maker against Sean Dyches men.
Nacer Chadli- Another man who has suffered a mild lapse in form, although after the unfortunate death of his father, it is understandable that Nacer may have lost a step a recent weeks. On his day however, he is a very dangerous player, as we have seen against the likes of Chelsea this season. He will be hoping to get at Burnley’s back line.
Striker- Harry Kane
Harry Kane- After taking only 79 seconds to score on his England debut, Harry Kane’s confidence will have gone up another level (if that’s even possible). Kane is in the form of his life and would be feeling confident against any back line in the world right now. Obviously our main threat, and one that Burnley will have spent some time working out how to contain. Many have tried. A lot have failed.