PLAYER RATINGS: Tottenham 3-2 Southampton

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Dom Le Roy

Hugo Lloris – Left with little chance with the two 1-on-1s – although a keeper of his quality should be doing more than simply providing a stationary target for the forward to finish either side of – but made a cracking stop from a powerful Lallana drive which would have compounded Tottenham’s misery.

Kyle Naughton – Had a horror show. He’ll recover from it. Littered with mistakes, a couple major and a couple minor.

Younes Kaboul – Dominant in the air and polished on the ground, he’s playing his way into a new contract and the permanent captaincy.

Jan Vertonghen – A tidy display with nothing of particular note that can be mentioned.

Danny Rose – Competent in defence and very tidy on the ball in attack: a good performance from the oft-criticised Rose.

Aaron Lennon – The spark has gone from Lennon’s play this season and today was another second-rate performance, covered up somewhat by the mastery of Soldado and Eriksen.

Mousa Dembele – A mediocre, anonymous first half performance from Dembele – who, knowing him, was probably carrying an injury – and deservedly subbed off.

Nabil Bentaleb – Tidy as ever, almost found the corner with a powerful drive from 25 yards at 0-2. A solid performance.

Nacer Chadli – It cannot be denied that Chadli is very much growing into this season at Spurs and has been one of the most improved players of recent weeks. Powerful and polished today, tested Boruc with a firm strike.

Christian Eriksen – Simply exquisite. Every time he picked up the ball in the centre of the pitch he looked dangerous, and he got himself into the right place at the right time for both his goals, which were taken assuredly. Could have had one or two more and ran the Tottenham offensive show today.

Roberto Soldado – Almost as good as Eriksen, but lacking the goals. His skills, flicks and touches were a joy to behold and he showed great willingness and determination to set up the equaliser. His reaction to Sigurdsson’s late winner exemplifies just how much he loves the club, and it is great for the fans to see that.


Gylfi Sigurdsson – Completely changed the dynamic of the game when he entered the fray after half time, energising our attacks, and of course the Iceman provided the sumptuous finish that sealed the points in the 93rd minute. This lad can strike a football.

Andros Townsend – Almost as ineffective as the player he replaced (Lennon). Little end product, had one chance to score deep into injury time but missed the opportunity.

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  1. Lennon – A goal scoring winger under Redknapp???? He scored (2012)4 -(2011)4 -(2010) 3 -(2009) 3 – (2008)5 – (2007)3 – (2006)5 – (2005)2 …………Not what Id call a goal scoring winger

    • LOL. I thought exactly the same. woeful performance by Rose. Was worse than Naughton IMO. Nauthon made 2 horrific mistakes and they scored from both. Rose made so many my calculator batteries went flat

  2. If rose was a house he would be put down. He's was awful. He ran into people, passed to the more than his own team and can't tackle. It was bentalab a best game but that isn't a hard, how he manages to get in the team and not Paulinio is beyond me. I think that we were watching a different game.

  3. I don’t have a clue how you’ve given Rose a 7…the lad was absolutely awful. He always tries to do too much and ends up losing the ball. He’s cost us far too much this season and him alongside Naughton could have done it again today. Don’t know if you were watching the same match as the rest of us.

  4. Totally agree with all the disbelieving comments about Rose. Did you confuse someone else for Rose ? He was worse than pitiful. I would have scored him 2 and that only because Spurs winning put me in a decent mood !

  5. have to say at the moment we have probably the worst full backs in the premier, why is fredericks on loan, he is a more than useful as a back up to walker, we need to get a class left back if benni is not coming back, listening to sherwood he rates both rose and naughton, they are at best championship level

  6. It was great to see Soldado playing that well but I'm afraid he'll experience the same thing he did a few weeks ago – benched after finally scoring – because against Liverpool we really have to go with 5-man midfield and the lone striker will be Ade once again (he should be fit by that time)

  7. Not sure how you managed to rate Kaboul so high. His positional sense is poor, fails to cover round behind full backs (Soton 1st goal)
    Goes asleep at free kicks, was walking away with back to ball on two free kicks. Just like Chelski game when doing up his laces. No communication at all.
    Dawson gets a lot a criticism for his pace but he does see danger and communicates. Van Tongen is a better player with him.

  8. Rose was nowhere near as bad as people are saying. Naughton was diabolical. We do need better full backs. Dembele was anonymous. Eriksen, superb. The only midfielder who looks to get beyond the striker. Wasted on the left, needs to play centrally

  9. Agree ref kaboul.. Facing play and in the air he is good but positioning and reading of the game to cover in behind is awful! He and vertonghen need to learn how to read/anticipate the runner from deep and drop off to cover the space in behind.. Watch them, they never do and website always caught.. They make our fullbacks look worse as expose them further! Fact!
    I do wonder if it's a tactic though, in order to hold a high line you cannot have 1 man drop off?
    Either way, being alert to danger and reading a game is critical to a modern CB

  10. Benteleb offers little to the side. His initial thought tends to be passing backwards and at best sideways. Is neat and consistent but offers little, either as a ball winning midfielder or as attacking player both in terms of assists and / or scoring.


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