PLAYER RATINGS: Tottenham Hotspur 6-1 Rochdale

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Dom Le Roy

Michel Vorm – 6 – He was not really tested in the game apart from a couple shots straight at him. He was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet but he was beaten by a well taken goal.

Kieran Trippier – 6 – He would have had a higher rating if he was not the main culprit for Rochdale’s goal as he fell asleep on the right side. His attacking contributions pretty much made up for his mistake though as he had bursting runs and produced few decent passes.

Eric Dier – 7 – A good game from Dier in the absence of the Belgian centre backs, as he sussed out the challenges with ease, especially in the second half. He had a scare with Rochdale hitting the post at the end of the first half but was in control for the rest of the game.

Juan Foyth – 8 – Another very impressive performance from the youngster, even though it was against a lower league opposition. He was everywhere in defence, stopping Rochdale attacks and starting Tottenham counters with good plays on the ball. He even popped up in the attacking third at times, winning the ball back and putting pressure on the opposition.

Danny Rose – 7 – Not a flashy performance from the left-back, but effective nonetheless. It looks like he is still trying to find his rhythm and these kind of performances will give him more confidence.  

Moussa Sissoko – 5 – His second half performance saved him from another embarrassing night as him and Winks almost gifted the tie to Rochdale in the first half. He left acres of space in the midfield and he was his usual clumsy self on the ball. He was more active in the second half, and having a proper midfield helped Tottenham kill the game in 15 minutes.

Harry Winks – 3 – Same remarks apply to Winks for the first half but the only difference is that he was not given time to improve his overall performance in the second half. He was shocking on the ball especially, losing the ball cheaply, and allowing Rochdale to counter. He was much better in the 15 second half minutes he was on the pitch which was encouraging.

Erik Lamela – 8 – Another brilliant performance from the Argentine in the absence of Eriksen. He ran the show being in the middle of the pitch for most of the game, and he had two great assists to Son. He also could have had a goal himself from a free kick in the second half but he struck the post.

Son Heung-Min – 8 – The South Korean should have had a hat-trick but VAR was not on his side tonight. He calmly slotted the ball in the corner for his first goal, and tapped in the second with ease. He was back to his active, energetic self though and that was the biggest takeaway from this game.

Lucas Moura – 8 – Tonight was the Brazilian’s second start for Spurs and he was immense once again as he produced a man of the match performance. He helped wrap the game up in the second half with two quality assists to Llorente, and was a handful for Rochdale defenders all game long with his running, passing and dribbling. He is pushing for a spot in the starting line-up and this could only be good for the squad going forward.

Fernando Llorente – 8 – A 12-minute perfect hat-trick?! I don’t think even the Spaniard would have predicted that before the game. Need to give credit where it’s due though, the striker was great in front of the goal today, highlighted by his lob for his first of the night.

Subs

Mousa Dembele – 6 – Tottenham didn’t really need him tonight and he looked few levels above the opposition the second he stepped on the pitch.

Dele Alli – 6 – He missed two glorious chances in the 20 minutes he was on the pitch before producing a brilliant assist for Tottenham’s sixth.

Kyle Walker-Peters – 6 – It was great to see the young full-back, the academy product, score his first goal for Tottenham, even if it did not mean much in the general context.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Lamela – another brilliant performance? Another? When was the last one?

    Anyway. This shows the value of having Lamela in the squad. Very handy against teams lime Rochdale. Helps rest the proper players. Might be worth starting against Hudersfiled. Of course, I would not want to see him anywhere near the team sheet against Juventus. Unfortunately not good enough for that calibre of opposition or most PL games.

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