Opinion: Tottenham player ratings from the 4-1 win over Reading

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
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Tottenham Hotspur brushed aside Championship side Reading this afternoon with a thorough team performance in North London, but how did the individual players get on?

Hugo Lloris – 5 – Made a couple of standard saves/catches, but nothing too testing.

Gedson Fernandes – 8 – Looked really impressive at right-back. Played in a flat back four and I was expecting him to look shaky defensively, but he was anything but. Great footwork, strength, and passing on display. The new second-choice right-back?

Toby Alderweireld – 6 – A standard Toby performance, although there was the odd lapse in concentration along the back line. He also displayed a few lovely trademark long balls.

Eric Dier – 6.5 – Dominant in the air at the back and carried the ball out well. He and Toby look to be the two starters for Mourinho.

Ben Davies – 6.5 – The ball through to Heung-min Son for the opening goal deserves a mention! Davies looked pretty solid, as he often does although I would love for him to get forward a little more.

Harvey White – 8 – I was so impressed with the youngster! His passing was tidy, but he also pulled out a number of delightful throughout balls and cross-field passes. Definitely wasn’t scared to show some personality and passion out there.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 6.5 – A little loose in possession a few times, but also won the ball back on occasion too. It will be a few weeks until we see his best I think.

Dele Alli – 7.5 – My only problem with Dele is that he seems to always want to play that killer ball, no matter whether it is on or not. His passes were hit and miss, but he did come up with some lovely pieces of creation and an incredible finish for his goal.

Heung-min Son – 9 – Another typical Son performance. We’ll set aside the fact that he missed a sitter in the first half. The winger forced the opening own-goal, beautifully finished Spurs’ third, and won the free-kick that led to the fourth.

Steven Bergwijn – 6 – Looked to be getting up to speed and put in a good shift. Nice assist for the third Tottenham goal.

Lucas Moura – 7 – He looks an absolute pain to play against. Lucas was buzzing everywhere and was the epitome of the high Spurs press. Won the ball back and started attacks time and time again. Just needs a slightly better end product at times.

 

Substitutes:

Erik Lamela – 6.5 – What a free-kick from the Argentine! Of course, Lamela introduced his usual non-stop work rate after coming on at half-time.

Ryan Sessegnon – 4 – Can’t say that Sessegnon did a whole lot with his 45 minutes on the pitch.

Serge Aurier – 5 – Came on at right-back and looked very sharp.

Moussa Sissoko – 4.5 – A little bit off the pace, but it was his first pre-season run out.

Cameron Carter-Vickers – 5 – One thing I have noticed is that he always seems to take the easy route out. I would love to see him carry the ball and find more passes into midfield. Unlucky to give away a penalty.

Joe Hart – N/A – You could definitely hear him though.

Jack Clarke – 4 – Barely touched the ball in his 30 minutes on the pitch.

Dennis Cirkin – 6 – Looks very nice on the ball and certainly isn’t afraid to play positive balls and get forward down the left-hand side.

Paulo Gazzaniga – 5 – A smart stop in the build-up to the penalty but he had no chance with the spot-kick itself.

Jamie Bowden – N/A

Dane Scarlett – N/A

Alfie Devine – N/A

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