PLAYER RATINGS: Newcastle 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Hugo Lloris – 3 particularly magnificent saves from close range, twice from Cisse and once from Debuchy, kept Spurs in the game. Distribution sometimes poor but it was so windy there.

Kyle Walker –  Largely kept the Newcastle left-wing at bay although he didn’t have much attacking impetus.

Younes Kaboul –  YESSSSSSSSSSSSS. A top return for the Frenchman. Tons of interceptions and tons of panache, as one would expect. Is it a coincidence that we get a clean sheet when Kaboul and Vertonghen pair up at centre-back?

Jan Vertonghen –  Slightly overshadowed by the return of his beastly centre-back partner but this was the Belgian’s best performance since his return from injury – very composed and assured.

Kyle Naughton – Came in for the concussed Danny Rose and put in a sound performance, intercepting high up the pitch and generally keeping the door to our goal firmly shut.

Etienne Capoue – Given 90 minutes in his best position, as a shield to the defence, and this was a great performance from the Frenchman. Covered the defence well and made a lot of key tackles. Why did we consider selling him?

Mousa Dembele – Another assured central-midfield performance from Dembele, completing pass after pass and providing a high tempo to our attacks and breakaways.

Paulinho – Alert to pounce on the chance to net his goal and he influenced the game more than he did against Hull and Everton.

Nabil Bentaleb – An all-action performance from the young French-Algerian-Englishman. Close to Adebayor when required but also doing the dirty work a bit closer to his own goal. Totally justified his selection.

Aaron Lennon – A decent performance from the winger, working a few shooting opportunities, but still somewhat underwhelming.

Emmanuel Adebayor – 2 well-taken goals and another win with the rejuvenated Ade back in the side. He can’t stop scoring! Adebayor does rhyme with Ballon D’Or…


Andros Townsend – A series of driving runs with little end product.

Nacer Chadli – A sublime strike to cap off the win.

Roberto Soldado –  Not on the pitch for long enough to influence proceedings

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  1. Great, great win! 4-3-3 formation looks great with the lads we have on our books. Tottenham were joy to watch yesterday!
    We were great, but in our next match I would still make some changes. 4-3-3 has to persist, with Lloris; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose ; Capoue, Dembele, Bentaleb ; Chadli, Adebayor, Eriksen. I think that's the best formation we can come up with right now – the way Bentaleb played with a holding midfielder behind his back was tremendous – he's a top player! The lads definietely enjoy playing with Capoue defending the back line – this guy is a monster! How could we ever consider selling him?
    I'm full of optimism after yesterday's match and I already can't wait for our next game! COYS !


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