In a very impressive display from Tottenham team who beat a poor Stoke team by 4-0 at the Bet365 stadium. Here are the individual player ratings of the starting XI as well as Erik Lamela, in my opinion. (Not including Vincent Janssen and Moussa Sissoko who didn’t play long enough to be fairly rated.)
Hugo Lloris 6/10
In a game where Hugo Lloris was mostly untested, especially in the second half after the Stoke players seemingly dropped their heads, he was still able to make a few saves when challenged in the first half. For these reasons Hugo can’t be given anything higher than a 6 as he was ultimately untested.
Kyle Walker 7/10
Walker was able to register an assist for Dele Alli’s 2nd half goal which pretty much shut out the game. As well as registering an assist, Walker also looked good going forward and seemed fairly solid defensively which as mentioned in previous posts is indicative of his improvement over the past few seasons.
Toby Alderweireld 7/10
A consistently solid performance from one third of Spurs’ “Belgian bromance,” with his impressive passing quality, vision and fantastic defensive strength, Alderweireld gets a 7/10 performance for a putting in a shift that we have come to expect from the 27 year old.
Jan Vertonghen 5/10
A fairly average performance and by no means would I say that he had a poor performance. However Vertonghen is a player that did play well and put in a good shift but had no real standout moments to warrant a higher rating.
Ben Davies 6/10
Again for similar reasons as Vertonghen, Davies gets a seemingly low rating which is an average performance, not terrible but not incredible. Interestingly, I think it’s fair to say that Davies’ performance shows how Spurs’ squad depth is probably the strongest in recent memory, as Danny Rose was ruled out with a hamstring injury, Davies came in and showed that Spurs are capable of filling necessary holes as and when they arise.
Eric Dier 5/10
A performance that we have come to expect from Eric Dier, solid as an acting sweeper and seems extremely confident with Wanyama after their 4th Premier League game together and with the absence of Mousa Dembélé, due to a ten game suspension at “The Battle of Stamford Bridge,” has clearly shown that he is one of the best defensive midfielders in the league and arguably the best English defensive midfielder in the league.
Victor Wanyama 5/10
From the defensive midfield and further back it was just a run of the mill perfomance proving that the signing of Wanyama has certainly done exactly what he was brought in to do, giving extra strength into the defensive midfield position with his beastly nature attackers cower before the massive Kenyan.
Christian Eriksen 8/10
A very competent performance from the Danish wizard who bagged 2 assists, both of which aided Heung Min Son’s brace, in the 4-0 thrashing. After the recent announcement of his new £75,000 a week contract it seems fairly evident that his game has certainly upped his game proving that he is worth £75,000 a week.
Dele Alli 7/10
Arguably back to the same form as last season, Dele Alli was making impressive runs to pressure the Stoke defence and even provided the pass to Eriksen which set up Sonny’s first goal as well as converting a wonderfully weighted pass from Kyle Walker to make it 3-0. He has certainly proved to the fans that he is back from the end of last season and is proving why he is a key player to the Spurs lineup.
Heung-Min Son 9/10
With a near perfect performance, the young South Korean winger bagged a brace and assisted Harry Kane’s goal and has certainly staked his claim that he is more than capable of coming in to the team and challenging Erik Lamela for that starting spot each and every week, which was why he was the man of the match.
Harry Kane 7/10
Finally breaking his duck, Harry Kane scored earlier than he ever has done in a season. However his goal was ultimately a tap in from a fantastic Son cross which can’t ultimately say that he is fully back but his game killing goal arguably could be opening the floodgates for another stellar season.
Erik Lamela 6/10
A second half substitute, Lamela put in a relatively decent performance after flying back from international duty with Argentina, while not making a massive impact Lamela put in a very solid performance and is still my personal pick for Spurs’ player of the season.