It was hardly Tottenham’s most poetic performance against Everton last night, but the Lilywhites secured all three points via a deflected first-half goal.
After that woeful game against Sheffield United last week, let’s take a look at the five Spurs men who deserve praise for their reaction.
Eric Dier – Dier was beyond commanding in the air last night, chomping up anything and everything that Everton through his way. Not only that, but he was aggressive into the challenge without being reckless. A perfect performance for grinding out a victory.
Toby Alderweireld – The calm and collected head that was needed next to an aggressive Dier. Toby was on hand to read the game and mop up anything that made it past the midfield block. He looked far more effective in there than Sanchez last week.
Serge Aurier – I am often critical of the Ivorian in a flat back four, but he was sensational last night, He intercepted countless passes, made tackles, looked good on the ball, and won his side some vital free-kicks in their own half of the pitch. When he is sensible, he looks a great player.
Giovani Lo Celso – My man of the match, and not only for his shot that led to the only goal. Every time he had the ball at his feet, Lo Celso looked threatening. He can pass, he can dribble, he can drive at the heart of a defence. When given the freedom to roam, he is as good as anyone.
Harry Winks – Spurs need that Winks energy in midfield after the game against Sheffield United. No matter what you think of him, he gives 100% effort in every single match. Last night, he covered some incredible ground in defence to ensure that Everton found it difficult to find space, while also freeing up the likes of Lo Celso.
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