Opinion: Tottenham player ratings for friendly vs Roma – First-half

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Dejan Kulusevski
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Tottenham Hotspur are only a week away from their first taste of Premier League action, but there is still time for one last pre-season friendly against Roma in Israel. 

Let’s take a look at how the players got on in that first half:

Hugo Lloris – 7 – Spurs would have been 1-0 down within 30 seconds if not for a double save/bundle away from Hugo. Not much he could do about the goal, unfortunately.

Matt Doherty – 7 – His attacking runs down that right side were arguably better than we have seen from any RWB this pre-season. Went to sleep a couple of times defensively in the first ten minutes, but an impressive first run-out at RWB this summer for Matt.

Cristian Romero – 7.5 – It feels as though you can copy and paste Romero reviews from each match these days. Calm, composed, positive passing, no-nonsense tackling. You get so much from the Argentine in all areas of the pitch.

Eric Dier – 6.5 – Pretty standard stuff from Eric in the first half, with some decent defending and passing on the ball. Would have loved to see someone like Dier offer a commanding header from the corner when Roma scored. It seemed they were marking zonely.

Davinson Sanchez – 8 – Just as good as Romero on the left, which is saying something. Sanchez defended his back post expertly and even got across to cover the right-side. His underlapping runs were also helpful for Spurs in attack.

Ivan Perisic – 7.5 – Our first taste of Perisic from the start and he impressed. He didn’t get in behind as much as Doherty, but he picked up the ball from deep and looked to make things happen. Two long-range weak-foot efforts were certainly eye-catching.

Yves Bissouma – 7 – Really impressed with how much energy he showed and how well he broke up the play. You can tell he hasn’t quite got the patterns of play down yet in terms of positioning, but that will come with more training under Conte.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 6.5 – Nothing too exceptional and no howlers from Pierre. He kept things ticking over in midfield, although perhaps you would have liked to see him step out and add to the attack a little more.

Dejan Kulusevski – 7 – Went through quiet periods, then burst into life every now and then, most notably when setting up Harry Kane for a goal that was eventually adjudged to be offside. His first touch looked a little rusty today.

Harry Kane – 7.5 – Was largely feeding off scraps in that first half, but if anyone was going to, he looked to be the man who would make something happen. Unlucky that Deki was offside when he finished well into the bottom corner to make it 1-1.

Heung-min Son – 7 – Roma clearly had a game plan to get tight to Sonny, masterminded by his old boss, Jose. However, I thought the forward did really well with his back to goal, spinning into space when he could.

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