PLAYER RATINGS: Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Hugo Lloris – A superb game from the Frenchman as he pulled off the saves when needed. He was not tested often because of Spurs’ dominance but he made the save of the game when he kept out Sako and kept the score at 0 – 0.

Kyle Walker – Another good game from the right back as he did not make any defensive mistakes and provided an attacking option for his team. It looks like Trippier’s arrival helped him focus and improve his form.

Ben Davies – He was shaky defensively in the first half as he found it hard to deal with Zaha but he improved in the second half. He was better in the attacking third this time around as he pushed forward when needed.

Toby Alderweireld – The Belgian was magnificent in the middle of the park as he was solid defensively and his distribution was on point. He was not shaken by Palace’s late push as he kept a cool head and saw the game out for his team.

Jan Vertonghen – The other Belgian in the centre of the defence had a remarkable game as well. Defensively, he gave close to nothing to the Palace attackers. He was great with his passing and he was not afraid to push forward when making an interception.

Eric Dier – Another great defensive midfielder performance from the young Englishman as he did nothing wrong all game long. His tackling and interceptions were on point and he was calm and collective on the ball.

Dele Alli – He was the man of the match in the first half as he provided great support from the centre midfield position. He always looked to create something out of nothing and kept the pressure on the Palace defence with his interceptions and passing.

Heung-Min Son – A man of the match performance from the South Korean as he was full of energy and running. He tried to break the stubborn Palace defence time and time again with his shots, dribbles and passes. He was rewarded for his efforts with a superbly taken goal and he looks like the player that Spurs had been missing for a long time.

Nacer Chadli – He can no more hide his weaknesses as Son has been outplaying him in the last two games. He always slows down the team when attacking and that is incredibly frustrating for the fans and teammates. He put in some good crosses and showed some flashes, but I don’t think he is doing enough to keep a starting position.

Erik Lamela – Finally the player we wanted to see for so long, as he was one of the best players on the pitch. He had his typical frustrating moments when he lost the ball easily and made a bad decision, but he also never gave up and tried time after time to create something for his team. His work rate was brilliant as he started the counter attack that led to the goal with a good tackle and a decent outlet pass.

Harry Kane – The most disappointing player on the pitch today. He could not get himself going and he did not even get the chances to score today. His work rate is still there but it is a bit worrying that he did not get himself into the right positions.

Subs

Christian Eriksen – A great sub performance from the Dane as he provided the assist for Son just two minutes after his introduction. He also delivered a brilliant pass to Alli for a good chance late in the game.

Clinton N’Jie– He came on to the game late and he couldn’t showcase his attacking skills as Spurs were on the back foot. He showed his pace and work rate though with some close downs and chases.

Tom Carroll– A late cameo for the young midfielder and he did not get on the ball enough.

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  1. Those are very high scores you're giving out there, chief!

    Lloris: 8 World class.
    Walker and Davies: 6 Didn't do anything wrong, but provided little going forwards either.
    Audi and Vert: 7 They seem to be developing a nice little DF partnership.
    Dier: 8 Solid and reliable. He makes our MF back 2 the strongest part of our first 11.
    Del Alli: 7 What sort of player are we going to have on our hands by the time he's 24?!
    Lamela: 7.5 Possibly his best game ever for us. He's looking hungry for his team place; good for him.
    Son: 8 Skilful, industrious and bold. Rare to find all three traits in a player and he's hit the ground running which we desperately needed.
    Kane: 6 Working hard but we are missing his goals. He's definitely feeling the pressure.

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