Tottenham Hotspur bounced back from their Carabao Cup defeat in style with a 5-2 win over Burnley this afternoon in the Premier League.
Let’s take a look at how the individual players got on:
Tottenham player ratings vs Burnley
Guglielmo Vicario – 7.5 – Didn’t have a huge amount to do, but he stood up when needed. That tip over the bar at 3-1 was huge to keep the tide in Tottenham’s favour. Was superb with the ball at his feet too.
Pedro Porro – 7.5 – Superb going forward, especially when playing those balls in behind to Sonny. Worrying defending at times as Burnley knocked it past him for fun at times. We’ll let it slide today as he added more going forward than he took away at the other end.
Cristian Romero – 8.5 – An absolute brick wall today. He pressed and chopped away at Burnley on the front foot today and turned over possession for fun. Also defended extremely well while running full pace towards his own goal. Then there’s the small matter of that finish! Questionable defending for Burnley’s second but it didn’t matter too much in the end.
Micky Van de Ven – 8 – Had a much quieter game than Romero but he was by no means less impressive. His defending looks simple at times, but that’s only because he makes it look at way. So progressive on the ball down that left side too.
Destiny Udogie – 8 – He plays with the maturity of a left-back a decade older. So composed on the ball in all areas of the pitch. Lets very little past him defensively and adds so much going forward, including that assist he worked so hard for in the build-up to Maddison’s goal.
Yves Bissouma – 7.5 – This is only because he has set such high standards for himself, but Bissouma wasn’t quite as composed today. Still had some breathtaking moments, but also gave the ball away a fair few times. In fairness, this usually occurs when he’s trying to make something happen.
Pape Matar Sarr – 7.5 – Restricted himself a little with that silly yellow card for throwing the ball away, but he was always available as a driving force down the right side of midfield. Like Udogie, he seems far beyond his years on the pitch.
James Maddison – 9 – What a player. We talked so much about Spurs replacing Harry Kane in the number 9 role, but Maddison has well and truly replaced him as a talisman. Everything good Spurs do goes through this man. And what a well-taken goal that was. Could have been even more today.
Dejan Kulusevski – 8 – A tricky rating to give. Kulusevski was arguably one of Tottenham’s most dangerous players today, such was the consistency with which he got into amazing positions. 99% of what he did was perfect, but I would have loved to see a slightly better final pass/shot.
Heung-min Son – 10 – Hard to give anything else for a hat-trick. Son had a quiet game in truth, but world-class number nines can have quiet games and still pop up as the match winner. He seemed to take to the system a little better than Richarlison has.
Manor Solomon – 8 – Two assists, both for Sonny – could be the making of a partnership there. He looked wasteful for the first half an hour but settled into the game and started bringing others into play more, which is when Spurs started thriving. A great first start of the season.
Ivan Perisic – 6 – Came on as an experienced head to see the game out and used the ball well on the left side of attack.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 6 – Postecoglou seems to like Hojbjerg as a calming presence in midfield when the younger players need to see a result out.
Richarlison – 6 – Came on once the game was already won and things were a little flat. I wonder whether he might get a chance at left wing rather than number nine next week.
Oliver Skipp – N/A
Emerson Royal – N/A
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