Tottenham Hotspur recorded back-to-back wins this evening after just about holding onto a 1-0 lead over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Let’s take a look at how the individual players got on:
Hugo Lloris – 8 – A couple of routine saves and one nice one at his near post for the Frenchman. Commanding in the air towards the end of the game.
Matt Doherty – 6.5 – His pressing game could not be faulted in the first half. Doherty pushed high up the pitch and won the ball back in some dangerous areas. Just needed a better final ball. Sank further and further back, as did the rest of the team, in the second.
Davinson Sanchez – 8.5 – Someone has flicked a switch in this man. He seems so much more confident and, as we said last match, has stripped his game back to the basics.
Toby Alderweireld – 8 – Seemed to have been given the strange task of following the likes of Maja out and pressing all the way to the halfway line at points. Left Spurs with a weird shape at the back if Fulham beat the press but he did a job.
Ben Davies – 7 – Didn’t seem to have much space to work with down that left-hand side but I can’t say I remember Fulham beating him too often either.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 7.5 – His defensive work rate and winning the ball back was a 10. Unfortunately, his passing was a little hit and miss once he did win it. Arguably didn’t do enough to hold it in the second half.
Tanguy Ndombele – 7.5 – I feel him slipping into that Mousa Dembele role of dictating play without anyone giving him credit for it. His feet are a joy to watch.
Dele Alli – 8 – Okay, they took the goal away from him, but the point should still be made that Dele brings goals to this side. His work rate was way better than usual too. Just needs some more sharpness now.
Heung-min Son – 8 – I was really impressed with Son today. He didn’t have much time or space to work with on the left but dug out some lovely crosses. Kane missed a sitter for one and the other led to the own goal. Defensive work rate was great too.
Gareth Bale – 7 – In an attacking sense, Bale drifted in and out of the game. However, he remained sharp, pressed high and seemed to have loads of energy. Really promising and consistent signs.
Harry Kane – 6 – Played some nice balls once he dropped into the pockets. In front of goal, he wasn’t his usual self, missing two good chances and going down too easy for a ‘penalty’. Not his night.
Lucas Moura – 5 – Came on to offer more support and pressure on the right-hand side from a defensive standpoint. Didn’t really get in the game.
Moussa Sissoko – 6 – Mourinho clearly wanted to add another body in midfield and Sissoko did a decent job of getting stuck in.
Erik Lamela – 8 – The best player for Spurs in the second half and he only had a brief cameo. Looked so dangerous in the final third and carried the ball well for Spurs.
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