On the seventh matchday of the Premier League season, Tottenham Hotspur made a huge statement with an incredible performance against the favorites for the league after an immaculate start to the season, Manchester City. With eleven fantastic displays, Spurs became the first team to dismantle the rapidly growing momentum of Pep Guardiola, to take the club within one point off the top. This article will focus on analysing the performance of the Spurs players, as they closed the gap on Manchester City to a point.
Hugo Lloris 6/10
Whilst he dealt effectively with everything that came him way, he was perhaps fortunate to see the shot from Sergio Aguero he palmed dangerously onto the post, although he is getting back to his best following an injury.
Kyle Walker 8/10
Kyle has carried on the form last season that has seen him become the leading contender for the right-back spot for his country. He was fantastic against City, attacking with energy and desire and dealt with his defensive duties easily.
Toby Alderweireld 7/10
The Belgian, who hasn’t missed a minute of Premier League football since his arrival, continues to blossom and he has impressed everyone since his switch from Atletico Madrid. Spurs have found a replacement for Ledley King, with Toby being a lot more consistent. A fine display, alongside Vertonghen keeping the best finisher in the league working on scraps.
Jan Vertonghen 7/10
Similarly to Alderweireld, Vertonghen contributed to a solid back four built like a brick wall in front of Hugo Lloris. His game has improved dramatically since the arrival of his fellow Belgian partner.
Danny Rose 8/10
Another fine performance from the English full-back who rarely allowed Raheem Sterling any room. He also sent in a fine ball from which Spurs scored their first goal so all in all, another great showing from a player full of energy and who will only go up from here.
Victor Wanyama 7/10
Another big performance from the Kenyan who has slotted into the team seamlessly this season in the absences of Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele. Despite getting a booking, he played well in midfield and little went past him.
Dele Alli 8/10
Despite a slow start to the campaign, Alli is beginning to come into his own now following up his finish at Stoke with a similar effort in this game to double Tottenham’s lead. He was full of energy and was a thorn in their side. He also won a penalty which Lamela couldn’t convert.
Dele Alli celebrates scoring Tottenham’s second goal on Sunday…
Moussa Sissoko 7/10
A performance like this from the thirty million pound deadline day signing will only allow him to stake a claim for a permanent placement on the right of midfield. Although, with injuries giving him his chance, has he done enough?
Christian Eriksen 7/10
The Dane took a sublime touch to set up Son in the second half, alongside a free kick that just sailed wide. Not back to his best yet, but showing glimpses of fulfilling his full potential at Spurs.
Erik Lamela 5/10
He couldn’t make his mark in the match in the way that his fellow attackers did and he isn’t showing the form that he was displaying in the early weeks of the season. He missed a penalty as well, but not without having a bit of an argument with Son over who was to take the spot-kick.
Erik Lamela and Son Heung-min argue over the second half penalty…
Son Heung-min 7/10
The man of the moment performed admirably again, replacing Vincent Janssen up top who was struggling for goals. Perhaps selfish in going for the penalty which may have influenced a weak penalty from Erik Lamela. But it was another strong performance from the Korean.