Opinion: How the Tottenham players rated in the 2-1 win against Aston Villa

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Tanguy Ndombele
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Tottenham Hotspur got back to winning ways this afternoon in the Premier League, following up three straight London derby defeats with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

Let’s take a look at how the players got on:

Hugo Lloris – 7 – Didn’t have a huge amount to do but made a couple of nice saves and was brave putting his body on the line. Decent distribution too.

Emerson Royal – 9 – My MOTM. Not only was he defensively solid at the back, but he was also a threat going the other way. Aggressive in the challenge, put himself where it hurt and passed it around very well.

Cristian Romero – 8 – Another solid performance. Loves to win the wall as early as possible and start attacks rather than just hoofing it clear. The one thing that stops him getting a 9 is the mistake leading up to Villa’s goal where he sold himself.

Eric Dier – 8.5 – Dominant in the air and took no chances at the back. Given the chance, he stepped out well and used the ball, the highlight being that long ball that put Son through on goal.

Sergio Reguilon – 7.5 – A little erratic at times defensively as he let his man get in behind, but that comes with being an attacking full-back. He offered more going forward than he lost us at the back.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 9 – A return to normality in that midfield two. Hojbjerg coverer loads of ground, protected the back four and even got forward to add an outlet in attack. Took his goal superbly well!

Oliver Skipp – 8 – Kept things ticking over in midfield while also allowing PEH to join the attacks. A very solid and tidy display, even if there wasn’t much to roar at.

Tanguy Ndombele – 7 – A return to the number 10 role. Ndombele fleeted in and out of the game. A sloppy touch one minute then an amazing piece of skill the next. More to come, I’m sure.

Lucas Moura – 7 – Forced Tottenham’s second goal at the back post and pressed well all game. For me, he needed to offer Emerson some more runs out wide and in behind.

Harry Kane – 7.5 – He wasn’t recording shots galore today and Villa tried to mark him out the game, but he brought others into play well. Almost scored an outrageous lob.

Heung-min Son – 9 – The spark that turned an promising attack into a goalscoring attack today. Two assists and a lot of shots at goal. Looked very bright and was a real menace.

Subs –

Giovani Lo Celso – 6 – Came on late in the second half and worked hard to keep the ball and create openings.

Bryan Gil – N/A

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