Tottenham half-time ratings vs West Ham – lacking a killer instinct

Here’s how we rated the Spurs players following the opening forty-five minutes of action in this evening’s Premier League clash against West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Ange Postecoglou‘s side head into the break currently level at 1-1, after Brennan Johnson scored within the first five minutes. Kurt Zouma then equalised for the home side with a header from a corner, with neither side able to press on and take a hold of the game in the first-half.

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Guglielmo Vicario: You have to say he could have done better when it came to Kurt Zouma’s goal from the corner, but otherwise a calm and composed performance in goal tonight. 6.

Pedro Porro: Has got forward well, and caused some issues down the right-hand side. A couple of through balls haven’t quite been right, though. 6.

Cristian Romero: A typically solid display from the vice-captain so far, keeping the Hammers’ attackers at bay, and carrying the ball forward with great composure. 7.

Micky van de Ven: Showed once again just how important he is, offering the cover at the back that we desperately need in this system. The way he opens up the game with his simple yet effective passing is a joy to watch. 7.

Destiny Udogie: Dangerous going forward as always, and has won the ball back in defensive areas a number of times down that left-hand side, nullifying the threat of Jarrod Bowen. 7.

Rodrigo Bentancur: Looks much closer to being back to his best now, dictating the play in the middle of the park for much of the first half. 7.

Yves Bissouma: A slight improvement for Bissouma, but still the weak link in our midfield right now. Just doesn’t seem to be offering the dynamism we need. 6.

James Maddison: Involved in the goal, and threatened with a couple of promising runs, but has dropped deeper than usual and isn’t having as much influence as he would like so far tonight. 6.

Timo Werner: Another assist for Werner as he and Brennan Johnson continue to link up effectively. Has been getting in dangerous areas, but again, just needs to be more composed and more hungry to get on the end of the ball in the box. 6.

Brennan Johnson: Great movement to get the goal early on. Never stopped running and causing problems for the Hammers, and was unlucky not to have returned the favour for Werner with a wicked cross. 7.

Heung-min Son: Has been dropping deep, going out wide, and lurking in the box, but has hardly had a sniff. West Ham have done well to keep him very quiet. 5.

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