Tottenham 2–2 Basel: Player Ratings


Spurs found themselves on the receiving end of some speedy wingers for a change as they were held to a score draw at home to Swiss side Basel. The Swiss had gone 2-0 up before half time before goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson rescued some hope for Spurs as they go into the second leg next Thursday.

Brad Friedel – 7 – Made some good saves, and didn’t really do anything wrong. Obviously, he’s no Lloris, as his control of the box is nonexistent, but no glaring errors from Grandad on this occasion.

Kyle Naughton – 6 – Played well attacking-wise and was unlucky not to get a goal with a couple of his long-range bullets. Defended quite well – most of the Basel attacking was down the Tottenham left.

William Gallas – 4 – A bit of a horror show from the experienced Frenchman. Giving the ball away, making half-hearted clearances, being beaten for pace numerously. Not really showing the experience that Spurs want at this time of the season.

Jan Vertonghen – 6 – Unfortunately, not much better than Gallas. Held his own more commendably, but still found himself being beaten for pace by Salah on the right wing. The attacking threat wasn’t there on this occasion.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto – 5 – Seriously struggling up against the speedy right-winger Salah, allowing him just to run past him so many time that I lost count. Deservedly subbed off – he shouldn’t be too happy with this display.

Scott Parker – 7 – One of the standout performers in the Tottenham team yesterday. Committed, determined and passionate, he effectively broke up attacks through the middle and even provided a bit of threat of his own.

Mousa Dembele – 6 – Not his best performance, but equally, definitely not his worst. Just plain old average. A couple of decent attacking bursts.

Aaron Lennon – 6 – Quiet, then subbed off early. Hopefully he is back for Everton.

Gareth Bale – 6 – Didn’t do that much last night – didn’t really get the service – and then to cap it all off he got injured. Hopefully he isn’t out for too long.

Lewis Holtby – 7 – The epitome of work rate. He never stops running, and he made some nice interchanges, unlucky not to get a goal before the goalkeeper pushed the ball out of his feet when he was through.

Emmanuel Adebayor – 6 – Not his worst display ever, linked up well on occasion with the attacking midfielders behind him and even managed to get a goal.


Gylfi Sigurdsson – 7 – A breath of fresh air when he came onto the pitch, and the one player who actually looked like a genuine goal threat – as shown, when he got his goal.

Michael Dawson – 5 – Struggled to contend with the pace of the Basel wingers – not really his type of defending.

Clint Dempsey – 5 – Anonymous when he came on. No seriously, what’s his name again?

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  1. Naughton a 6? never, was at fault for second goal, his positioning has been poor all season and has shown no sign of improvement. And Scott Parker gets beat by pace far too many times and would have given him a 6, otherwise pretty accurate scoring

  2. Agree with most except Parker and Dembele. Yes Parker committed but gave the ball away too often, plus missed an open goal from two yards. Thought Dembele was our best player until the highly underrated Gilfi made an appearance.

  3. What did we learn last night?

    Naughton is not up to the job in a top 4 premiership side (on either the left or the right)
    Gallas should never play for Spurs again, too slow (mentally and physically) and he causes uncertainty in the whole of the defence
    Friedel probably falls into the same bracket, too slow, doesn't organise his defence at all (I am fed up of seeing his gormless expression as we ship another goal)
    Parker is whole-hearted but seriously lacks quality – does he have a left foot?
    Adebayor is an absolute waste of space
    Dempsey is not top 4 quality, he has no pace, a poor first touch and lacks vision
    AVB doesn't appear to have learnt very much at all. A lot of the above was apparent after the defeat in Milan.

    I seriously fear for our season now. Let's pray that Bale and Lennon will be back soon.

  4. Haven't had such a fright since Young Boys. I think the whole team was waiting for Bale to do something and then decided to take matters in their own hands and we played much better after that. That came from Adebayor's goal so I'd give him an 8 just for that. Need him now than we've ever needed him and if he steps up and gets his confidence back he could become a true Spurs legend.

  5. What a negative bunch of cocks on this site, Parker missed an open goal ! The shot hit holtby ! , I ve been a spurs fan for 32 years and the only thing I can’t stand about spurs is the negative whining fans

  6. Holtby needs to play in central midfield. He should be rotated with either Dembele or Parker. Dembele has not created much this season. Tom Carroll should also be given more games.

    Carroll and Holtby in central midfield would create far more goal scoring opportunities than Parker and Dembele.

  7. After stating that Arsenal were jealous because of your progress in the Europa cup,what happened yesterday . .Let us see how you will perform without Bale and of course as usual ,you will finish the league below Arsenal come end of May.


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