Tottenham Hotspur returned to winning ways this evening with a 1-0 win over Brighton, thanks to a first-half goal from Harry Kane. 

Let’s take a look at how the individual players got on:

Hugo Lloris – 7.5 – Routine saves but he made plenty of them. Hugo was also uncharacteristically impressive with his kicking today, spraying quality passes everywhere.

Matt Doherty – 7.5 – He definitely looked rusty in terms of his quality on the ball, but that was to be expected. The timing of his runs was a really positive sign. Should have assisted or scored in the opening 20 minutes.

Cristian Romero – 7.5 – Not his busiest game but Romero was typically strong in the tackle and always looks after the ball so well under pressure.

Eric Dier – 8 – Just seems to read the game so well in that central role. He was left exposed a lot more than normal with Spurs pressing high today, but he won his one-v-one duels really well.

Ben Davies – 7 – First game back into the side and defended very nicely. Some very sloppy passes here and there, but the overall performance was good.

Ryan Sessegnon – 8 – Full of energy as always down the left and is always the first on the scene to press. Should have had a tap-in opener had Doherty crossed it, and he dug out a few good crosses himself to set up others. Solid at the back and a threat in attack.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 8 – Looked to thrive in that three-man midfield, given the freedom to step out and win the ball back even more than normal. Hojbjerg is the engine of this Spurs team and he showcased that once again.

Yves Bissouma – 6.5 – You could tell it was his first start in a while. He was a little sloppy on the ball and half a yard too slow at times, but there was also plenty to like too. He will be a very solid option once he gets up to match pace.

Rodrigo Bentancur – 7.5 – Seemed to be the one in the three who was given license to press really high up the pitch and caused all sorts of problems doing it. Took a few risky chances around his box, but generally looks after the ball so well for Spurs.

Heung-min Son – 7 – Grabbed the assist for Tottenham’s opener with a great cross into the box. Struggled at times when operating in the pocket with his back to goal, but always a danger on the shoulder with his pace in behind.

Harry Kane – 7 – Yet another goal for Harry Kane with a rather instinctive low header. Nice to see him getting some more old-school fox-in-the-box type goals again this season, even if it wasn’t his strongest game.

Substitutes: 

Richarlison – 6 – Came on to add fresh legs but didn’t really get much joy out there today.

Ivan Perisic – 6 – Seemed to be sent on as a left-winger, but quickly dropped into what became a back six as Spurs tried to see the game out.

Oliver Skipp – N/A

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