Opinion: Tottenham player ratings from their dismal 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League hopes look to be over as they fell to a defeat at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United this evening.

Spurs’ defending yet again let them down against the Blades as the Lilywhites also struggled to unlock a stubborn defence.

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

Hugo Lloris – 5 – The Frenchman had very little to do beyond picking the ball out of the back of his net, but he didn’t do anything wrong.

Ben Davies – 3 – Could have done better with some of the crossing positions he found himself in. Completely went to sleep in defending in his own box time and time again.

Eric Dier – 4 – Started off looking commanding, but he ultimately failed in his job to lead that Spurs defence. Dier himself went to sleep with every single cut back from the byline in Sheffield’s goals.

Davinson Sanchez – 3.5 – Did very little actual defending in the game and looked to be losing his head towards the end.

Serge Aurier – 3 – Aurier was given license to roam but his crossing today was beyond disappointing. Had he delivered just a couple of testing balls, it could have been a Spurs win.

Giovani Lo Celso – 5 – Looked off the pace against Sheffield today. Out muscled by a packed midfield and couldn’t pull the strings as he normally does.

Moussa Sissoko – 4.5 – Looked to be feeling it a bit today. The few chances he did get to drive up the pitch, he lacked the creativity needed to find the final pass or shot.

Heung-min Son – 4 – I forgot Son was playing for the majority of the game. Barely involved at either end of the pitch. To be honest, it has been the same for all three games since the restart.

Steven Bergwijn – 5 – Played a number 10 role today and didn’t look quite at home. Had a few nice runs from deep but was taken off before the hour mark.

Lucas Moura – 6 – The only man to look dangerous for Spurs in the first half and he was unlucky to have VAR rule that handball against him.

Harry Kane – 4 – Barely touched the ball today apart from his tap in. Looks to be still a way off the pace, but that is to be expected.

Substitutes – 

Erik Lamela – 5 – Looked lively in the number 10 position, but lacked the final pass that Spurs needed to unlock the Sheffield defence.

Dele Alli – 4 – Didn’t make much of an impact after coming off the bench.

Tanguy Ndombele – 5 – Passed the ball around really nicely and positively after coming off the bench. Certainly didn’t do himself a disservice.

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