By Editor Wayne Veysey
Football Insider rates the Tottenham players in their 2-1 defeat against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
Hugo Lloris 6 – Was virtually a mannequin in the opening period until Pedro levelled the score on the verge of half-time with Chelsea’s first serious effort at goal. Could do little to keep out either strike.
Kyle Walker 7 – Provided pace and purpose on the right flank. How he was missed in Monaco in midweek.
Eric Dier 4 – Spurs’ control of the midfield initially hid the Englishman’s flaws at centre-back before they were showcased when he stood too far off Pedro for the exquisitely finished equaliser. The England international cannot return to midfield quickly enough.
Jan Vertonghen 7 – Provided the leadership at the back that was so sorely missing against Monaco in midweek. The defence was far more solid as a result but could not contain the Chelsea forward line.
Kevin Wimmer 6 – Deputised at left-back in the absence of the suspended Danny Rose and the injured Ben Davies. Defended solidly but did not provide the attacking threat of the senior left-sided pair.
Victor Wanyama 7 – It is to the Kenyan’s great credit that he dominated the midfield battle against N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic. Solid, controlled and disciplined, he foraged, intercepted, tackled and used the ball sensibly.
Mousa Dembele 6 – Comfortable and dominant in the first half but struggled in the second and was withdrawn after 82 minutes.
Christian Eriksen 7 – Where had he been all season? The Dane benefitted from his midweek omission with an energetic display and a sensational goal, his first in the league in 2016-17.
Son Heung-Min 5 – A shadow of the player who won the Premier League player of the month award in September. Got in some good positions in the first half but faded and was subbed after 64 minutes.
Dele Alli 7 – The best player on the pitch in the first half. Caused enormous problems to Chelsea in the opening period with his clever movement and ability to pick the ball up in space, turn and drive his team forward. But he tired after the break and was withdrawn after 72 minutes.
Harry Kane 7 – Was up against three Chelsea centre-backs for much of the game but his movement was impressive and he proved a constant threat to the home side without adding to his recent goal flurry.
Harry Winks (for Son64mins) – 6
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou (for Alli72mins) – 6
Vincent Janssen (for Dembele 82mins) 6
In other Tottenham news, Lloris has identified the reason for Spurs’ dip in results.