Player Ratings: Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur


Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh what fun it is to see, Tottenham win away – hey! It’s not Christmas yet, but it certainly feels like it if you are a Spurs fan. Since 3 minutes into the Stoke game on Sunday 12th May, we have only conceded one goal in 1,045 minutes of competitive football, having scored 23 goals during that time. We have only lost one game since March 17th. And from the outset, we never looked like changing those statistics yesterday.

Brad Friedel – 7 – Made a couple of smart saves but was mostly untroubled.

Kyle Walker – 7 – Solid, but he was rarely troubled and he had a surprisingly quiet game.

Vlad Chiriches – 6 – Shaky for the first half but settled into the game. Overall, a polished debut for the Romanian and he began to demonstrate that we do have 4 top-quality centre backs on our books.

Jan Vertonghen – 6 – Fortunate not to give away a penalty for the ‘incident’ with Helenius but otherwise played well. Like all our other defenders, didn’t have very much to do.

Zeki Fryers – 6 – A solid enough performance from the young defender who showed that he does have the potential to be a Premier League-standard left back as he improves with age.

Paulinho – 7 – Another all-action, energetic performance that the Brazilian again capped with a tidy finish, flicking a Holtby corner in at the near post.

Sandro – 8 – Beast mode was yet again activated for the midfield destroyer, and the sooner he gets back into Premier League action for Spurs the better; he needs to start against Chelsea, where a top defensive midfielder is necessary.

Erik Lamela – 7 – A few silky skills, a few neat passes, and a generally sound performance from the Argentinian, although we still have seen nowhere near his best yet. Needs a goal to get off the mark for Tottenham.

Lewis Holtby – 9 – 3 assists for the German. There are two in-form playmakers in North London and they both play for Tottenham!

Harry Kane – 7 – Surprisingly good (by his standards). Linked play well and actually looked dangerous going forward. Seemed to have been instructed by Defoe to pass to him whenever he got the opportunity.

Jermain Defoe – 8 – Played extremely well and looked sharp in the box, netting 2 goals and showing that he has got the capabilities to be an effective back-up to Soldado.


Mousa Dembele – 6 – Tasked with the job of setting the tempo in midfield after the withdrawal of Paulinho and played tidily.

Nacer Chadli – 7 – Came off the bench on his return from injury, put in a spritely display and capped it with his first Spurs goal.

Michael Dawson – 6 – Came on to give Walker a rest and had nothing to do.



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    • Two words. Eriksen and Soldado.

      Plus, there is a big difference between doing it against Tromso, Tbilisi and a second string Villa side, and doing it week-in week-out in the Premier League.
      But I agree that Holtby should be given a chance.

  1. I thought Lamela struggled. Touch & passing not quite at it yet. Paulinho deserved an 8 I think, Lamela 6. Other than that, about right. Such a joy to watch us at the moment. COYS!

  2. I would like to see Defoe and soldado in the starting 11 having Defoe just off soldado making the runs beyond him would be a dangerous partnership, though I am loving the new look side hope Andre can bring in some silverware this season


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