Tottenham Hotspur may have been defeated on penalties against Norwich last night and the may have been knocked out of the FA Cup, but some players still deserve praise.
There were some incredible performances out there last night and we wanted to highlight the following five:
Jan Vertonghen –
With the fans on your back and some woeful performances under your belt of late, it takes a lot to come out and put in a superb display. Vertonghen was asked to play out of position at left-back and did so expertly last night. He scored Tottenham’s opener and was a constant outlet as a marauding full-back all night.
Eric Dier –
Putting his post-match antics to one side, the Spurs man actually had a very competent match in the centre of defence. I would argue that Dier played better last night than I have seen in a long time, both defensively and with the ball at his feet. He even stepped up and slotted home that nervy first penalty of the shootout.
Oliver Skipp –
To go from barely any football to 120 minutes at the highest level is one thing, but to put in a man of the match worthy performance is another entirely. Skipp looked incredible defensively, positionally, and offensively last night in a really mature, disciplined, and promising performance for the teenager.
Giovani Lo Celso –
Lo Celso absolutely ran the show at times last night. Not only did he set up Vertonghen’s goal, but he also created a number of chances for his teammates all night. My only criticism would be that he needs to learn when to pull the trigger himself. However, his ball carrying, ball retention, and passing was superb.
Gedson Fernandes –
The midfield man was asked to come on and play out of position on the wing, with the on-loan youngster being arguably the brightest spark of the final moments of normal time and the entirety of extra time. He consistently beat his man and put in some nice crosses and passes in and around the box. If he had laced on his shooting boots, he would have likely been the match-winning hero. I think we can excuse the penalty miss. It happens.
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