Yesterday Spurs managed to “scrape” a 1-0 victory at White Hart lane. After a dominant performance where Spurs had over 30 shots at the Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who put in a fairly impressive performance to only limit the scoreline to 1-0. Heung-Min Son put in another man of the match performance for the 2nd week in a row, whilst Mousa Dembélé and Eric Dier were substituted in the 2nd half with minor injury scares, although Mauricio Pochettino has since come out and said that they will both be availible for selection for next week’s away clash at Middlesborough’s Riverside Stadium. Whereas Harry Kane had to be stretchered off yesterday with a serious ankle injury and could be out for many weeks or even months.
Hugo Lloris 6/10
With fairly few shots to deal with, Hugo Lloris put in a fairly typical performance dealing fairly compentently with most of the shots that came his way apart from one exception from an Adnan Januzaj who’s shot was expertly dealt with by Kyle Walker.
Kyle Walker 8/10
Kyle Walker put in another stellar performance yesterday and continues to be one of the most underrated players in the current Spurs regular lineup. His defensive abilities continue to improve weekly and his pacey runs down the right flank saw him put in a very good performance.
Toby Alderweireld 6/10
Again another fairly average performance that we really do expect from Toby, strong, solid and stable performance and was able to fairly comfortably deal with Januzaj and Defoe alongside centre back partner for the day, Eric Dier.
Eric Dier 6/10
While being at fault for Spurs nearly conceeding, the centre back still put in a fairly decent performance dealing with the Sunderland attacks but it seemed fairly clear that Dier felt somewhat out of his depth as this was his first start at centre back for a few months.
Jan Vertonghen 6/10
Similarly to Eric Dier, Vertonghen played in a different position to his usual spot as he started at left back, which in fairness, is his starting position for the Belgian national team. Super Jan put in a fairly solid performance defending against ex Spur, Steven Pienaar.
Victor Wanyama 6/10
Another solid performance from the Kenyan destroyer that is Victor Wanyama. The Kenyan defensive midfielder is a very diverse player and as Spurs’ first transfer acquistion of the summer he put in a very capable performance which saw him fly a bit under the radar which is why he didn’t have to be overly exerted by the Sunderland midfield or attack.
Mousa Dembélé 8/10
The Belgian central midfielder returned after his lengthy ban and made a huge change to how Spurs play by making Spurs seem much more solid in the centre of midfield and was able to make Harry Kane play a lot better as he has the “Alderweireld effect”as he was able to make other players up their game.
Moussa Sissoko 7/10
Making his first full start for Spurs at White Hart Lane, Moussa Sissoko put in an impressive performance with powerful runs and dangerous crossing saw the Sunderland defence hold on for the 90 minutes only conceeding the one goal which could have been many more if Sissoko and Kane had been more clinical. It still is far too early to fully judge the transfer of Moussa Sissoko so we will wait until the end of the season to make judgements.
Dele Alli 8/10
Coming in with the assist to Harry Kane’s goal, Dele Alli put in another stellar performance and he continues to show that, when on form, he is one of the best under 21 players in Europe.
Heung-Min Son 9/10
A fan favourite for sure and man of the match for the 2nd straight week, Sonny put in a fantastic and dangerous performance and troubled Jordan Pickford’s goal numerous times and ran down towards the byline on the left side to whip in impressive crosses towards Harry Kane, Sissoko and Alli. The South Korean has certainly staked his claim as to why he needs to be a regular starter for Pochettino.
Harry Kane 7/10
Coming in with a second straight goal in the same amount of weeks, Harry Kane scored another tap in and was starting to seem more clinical. However he was stretchered off towards the end of the game and is worrying fans with the mystery of how long he will be sidelined.
In other news it was announced this morning at around 10 o’clock that Dele Alli has signed a new 6 year deal to keep him at Spurs until 2022. Again this is fantastic news to see one of the brightest sparks in the team sign on for the future. This is also extremely clever move by Daniel Levy as it certainly increases Alli’s value if he was to be approached by potential suitors.