Another game, yet another win, as Spurs continued their recent fine form by coasting to a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to Aston Villa. People are predicting big things of this side and if this form continues, why not?
But let’s take it back a little bit and discuss the individual player ratings for this match. Expect another list of high scores.
Brad Friedel – 7 – I refuse to mark him down on the basis that he had relatively little to do. Only required to make one save and his overall handling and distribution were comfortable as ever.
Kyle Walker – 7 – Spent most of his time in the opposition half, as Emile Heskey gave him little to do defensively. Got forward to good effect and gave the Villa defence yet another headache to deal with.
Younes Kaboul – 9 – Fantastic. Other players will steal the headlines, but Kaboul won every header he contested and was generally brilliant. Out-muscled Heskey and out-paced Gabriel Agbonlahor. A stunning transformation from the calamity in his first spell at Spurs.
Ledley King – 7 – Did his job, but with Parker running around in front of him and Kaboul dealing with the aerial balls, he had little to do. Still a reassuring influence at the back.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto – 7 – Again untroubled defensively, allowing him to get forward. Distribution was generally good and linked into a nice triangle with Bale and Modric on the left.
Aaron Lennon – 7 – Against QPR I remarked that he didn’t look match-fit yet. This is no longer the case as his pure speed was on show to effect here and his final ball was generally dangerous. That goal against Fulham has really lifted his game again.
Scott Parker – 9 – I could pretty much just copy and paste the same thing every game for Parker. Beginning to run out of superlatives for the engine room of this Spurs side.
Luka Modric – 9 – There have been times where you wonder if his heart is in it. Not tonight, as he was the heartbeat of everything good Spurs did, with his fantastic movement and vision at it’s peak. He looks as though he’s enjoying his football again and this can only lead to better things for Spurs. MOTM.
Gareth Bale – 8 – Villa played two right-backs to combat his ability. And he roasted them both. Two assists to his name as well, without even having to break sweat.
Rafael Van Der Vaart – 6 – We’ll say he maybe wasn’t quite fit enough after picking up an injury last weekend and leave at that. He didn’t do anything wrong and some of his passing was fantastic, but he didn’t have that spark that makes him so dangerous.
Emmanuel Adebayor – 8 – He needed a goal, and ended up with two. His overall link up play was very good, but he is still wasteful in front of goal. Should have had a hat-trick really, but let’s not complain at ‘only’ two strikes!
Jermain Defoe – 6 – Some nice link up play, but didn’t do anything to suggest he deserves a place in the starting XI.
Sandro – N/A – His role in home games of late has merely been to give the Man Of The Match a standing ovation. Modric earned it this time round.
Harry Redknapp – 7 – Nice to have him back in the dug-out. Probably best for his heart that it was such an easy victory, as Villa decided not to bother the Spurs goal, allowing him to sit back and simply enjoy the show.
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