Opinion: Player Ratings – Spurs 1-0 Wolves

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Heung-min Son
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Tottenham Hotspur maintained their unbeaten run this afternoon in the early Saturday kick-off, defeating Wolves 1-0 thanks to a second-half Harry Kane header.

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

Hugo Lloris – 6 – A few routine stops to make for Hugo but nothing you wouldn’t expect him to make ten times out of ten. Distribution today was a little hit-and-miss.

Emerson Royal – 7.5 – The Brazilian was really impressive in defence today, especially tracking runners in behind. A bit ineffective in attack until he took up a more central role in the second half.

Davinson Sanchez – 7 – I was really impressed with the defending on show from Sanchez, particularly as it was his first start of the season. However, he lacked composure on the ball at times.

Eric Dier – 7.5 – Gobbled up everything down the middle today, and dominated the aerial balls. Pretty solid all around, apart from a few lunges here and there.

Ben Davies – 7 – Nice and calm on the ball, while being steady in defence. Didn’t quite get that link up going with Perisic down the left though. Needed more from him on the ball.

Ivan Perisic – 7.5 – Great going forward but a little lacklustre with his 1v1 defending. Have to give him credit for his superb crossing, pressing, and the assist for Tottenham’s goal with a flick on from a corner.

Rodrigo Bentancur – 7 – Looked after the ball well in the middle of the park and put in some nice challenges. Spurs missed his normal balls through the lines today, although that may have come from a lack of movement.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 6.5 – A bit sloppy from Pierre today, losing the ball in comfortable positions a few times. Also picked up an early yellow which may have hampered his game.

Dejan Kulusevski – 8.5 – Barely got on the ball in the first half but he was man of the match in the second. Spurs put him out wide and he ran the show in attack, turning the Wolves defenders inside and out.

Heung-min Son – 6 – Not Son’s day at all. His first touch was short of his usual standards, and he lacked composure in the final third. Shanked a key chance well wide when Kane played him in over the top.

Harry Kane – 7.5 – This still wasn’t Kane at his best, but once again it was Kane scoring a crucial goal to win a game. Seemed to be playing more as a 9 than a 10 today, which may have hurt Spurs’ creativity.

Substitutes:

Ryan Sessegnon – 6 – Came on to replace Perisic and dealt with the pace of Adama Traore quite well.

Richarlison – 6.5 – Showcased some really nice skills on the break and arguably had more of an impact than Son.

Yves Bissouma – N/A

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