Champions League

Tottenham Player Ratings vs Bayer Leverkusen (OH DEAR)

In the middle of what is one of the worst spells under Mauricio Pochettino’s management, Spurs gave one of their worst performances in years against Leverkusen in the Champions League. This is a result which makes qualification prospects bleak, the club seem accustomed to the Europa League and its just as well as they could well  be returning to that competition soon unless Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld can inspire an upturn in fortunes in the remaining fixtures. Here are my player ratings from tonight’s match.

Hugo Lloris- 5
Couldn’t do much for the goal but his involvement throughout was limited. Looked a bit rusty at the start, playing a poor ball out to Ben Davies and this lack of confidence filtered out to the rest of the team in what was a lacklustre performance.

Kyle Walker- 3
It isn’t unfair to suggest that Kyle Walker’s evening was a complete nightmare but he did give the ball away on numerous occasions and was involved in a defence that left huge gaps.  He was also at fault for the winning goal. One minor burst forward from him doesn’t in any way counteract all the negatives of his performance.

Jan Vertonghen- 5
Perhaps the only bright spark in a horrendous defensive display from Tottenham this evening. Good defending denied Javier Hernandez in the first half.

Eric Dier- 4
Despite filling in for Toby Alderweireld as required thus far, Dier really struggled tonight against Javier Hernandez. There was a moment in which he not only let the ball bounce dangerously but he then headed it straight into an opposing players path, something that can only be described as something that you see in Sunday morning football. He came close to scoring with a free kick which just makes his rating higher than it could’ve been.

Ben Davies- 3
Similar to Walker, the Welshman was below average at left back which will do his chances of battling Danny Rose for the position no good at all. He gave the ball away on a number of occasions throughout the game and made some odd decisions.

Victor Wanyama- 6
Despite a dire performance from practically the whole team, the Kenyan didn’t let that affect his own game and I was personally pleased with his performance.

Moussa Dembele- 5
It’s been such a topsy-turvy start to the season for the Belgian with suspension and injury issues preventing him from consistently playing this season. Another injury ended his evening early but not before a poor back pass which caused problems.

Moussa Sissoko- 3
Well first there was Tom Carroll and now there is Moussa Sissoko as a huge scapegoat and deservedly so. Created virtually nothing and gave the ball away so many times. Not looking good for him and his future at Spurs. You’d expect a lot more from a player of such a high price tag.

Dele Alli- 5
He wasn’t as ineffective as some of his teammates and had a goal ruled out for offside alongside a penalty shout which was undoubtedly given the wrong way which is frustrating.

Christian Eriksen- 4
It was quite a statement to take the Dane off ahead of Moussa Sissoko, but he has very ineffective and just isn’t hitting the mark and stepping up in the absences of key players.

Son Heung-min- 5
Tonight only really epitomised how Son is a more effective player out wide than up top and despite moving back into his preferred position he cut an isolated figure throughout the game and was replaced by an equally ineffective N’koudou.


N’koudou and Winks did little to change the dire feeling around Wembley from a Spurs perspective. Although I do feel sorry for Janssen who came on and had little opportunities to impress because the team were playing so poorly.

Feature image credit: Cushdy



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