Opinion: Tottenham player ratings from the disappointing defeat to Everton

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur took on Everton at home this evening in the first match of their new Premier League campaign, but the game ended in defeat.

The Toffees outplayed Spurs from start to finish, eventually breaking the deadlock with a header from Calvert-Lewin and keeping a rather effortless clean sheet.

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

Hugo Lloris – 6 – Can’t complain at Hugo at all, he did his job today.

Matt Doherty – 4 – Sacrificed defensive duties to play almost as a right-winger yet failed to get on the ball much. Had one good chance but Pickford saved well.

Toby Alderweireld – 3 – Seemed to be a yard off the pace all game and really struggled to defend both on and off the ball against a rampant Everton attack.

Eric Dier – 4 – Slightly more composed than Toby but was still very shaky on the ball and struggled to keep a good line.

Ben Davies – 3 – Woeful on the ball, kept hitting the first man with his crosses, and his passing went astray on more than one occasion. Made James Rodrigues look like Messi.

Harry Winks – 4 – Passed from side to side in the first half but failed to break through into more advanced positions or bring others in to play. Far too safe.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 4 – A pretty shocking debut for the new signing. He gave away far too many fouls, failed to win the ball back on countless occasions and looked very leggy.

Dele Alli – 3 – Taken off at half-time for a reason. It feels as though you have to build a team around Dele’s best position or just don’t use him.

Lucas Moura – 4.5 – At the very least, Lucas worked hard on that right-hand side, which unfortunately is a measure of success in this woeful and lethargic performance.

Heung-min Son – 4.5 – Tottenham’s most dangerous player, but that is not saying a lot. He wasted Spurs’ best chance of the game by not passing to Kane.

Harry Kane – 5 – I feel sorry for him because he was not given a sniff up front today.

Substitutes:

Moussa Sissoko – 4 – Came on and was played at right-mid, centre-mid, and right-back in the space of one half.

Steven Bergwijn – 3.5 – Can’t remember him doing anything of any note.

Tanguy Ndombele – 3 – His big chance to come on and show some personality when the team needed creativity, yet his passing was all over the place.

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