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Tottenham player ratings v Southampton

Posted on December 23, 2013 by Guest Writer

After what was a very good second half in particular Tottenham managed to pinch all three points in a match that could in all honesty have gone either way. Tactically we are no wiser as to whether Tim Sherwood has anything else in the locker but it is clear that he favours a 4 4 2 system even though the last three transfer windows have seen tens of millions spent on players unused to such a system.

Joe Lewis, Daniel Levy and the Tottenham board now have to make the difficult decision of choosing the man to continue the clubs progression knowing that by making the right choice this season can be salvaged, with yesterdays result Tottenham have maintained their challenge for the top four as they are only six points shy of Liverpool in top spot and are still ahead of Manchester United. Unfortunately they could just as easily make the wrong choice and the season could be all but over early in January.

The players certainly put the effort in and considering just how many are injured or suspended it is clear that this is a talented squad that is still very capable of having a major say come the end of the season:

Hugo Lloris- Still one of the best and produced a couple of trademark stops when advancing from his line so quickly, doesn’t seem quite so comfortable without the calming influence of Vertonghen ahead of him and really needs to learn when and how to punch the ball. Has had better games but still produced some vital stops  7

Kyle Walker- Somehow continues to suffer from adverse comments when he is very consistent and is rarely troubled, he is so important with Michael Dawson inside him who does not have sufficient pace to cover when Walker storms forward but he still seems able to do both jobs incredibly well. 7

Michael Dawson- By now we all know Dawson’s deficiencies but we know equally that he will put his body on the line and leave nothing on the pitch. He gives his all to the cause and yesterday was no exception 7.

Vlad Chiriches- Caught flatfooted and square on a couple of occasions and saved by the speed of his keeper off the line, needs to work on his power in the air as it is certainly an area in need of improvement, always capable of doing something special on the deck or with his passing but just as capable of losing the ball in a dangerous area. 6.

Danny Rose- Still working his way back to full fitness but evidence yesterday that he is getting there, a great run into the box brought about our second goal early in the second half and clearly he will only get better with games. 7.

Erik Lamela- Clearly in need of games but he is a worker and as we already know possesses amazing quality, now it is simply a question of putting both aspects of his game together. His contribution yesterday was as vital as any other and he was a non stop worker for the cause. 6.

Christian Eriksen- A decent performance in a two man midfield full of effort and no little skill, probed throughout and almost managed to find himself in a position to threaten the goal as he continually tried to get into advanced positions, he actually grew into the game as it went on. 7.

Moussa Dembele- Not one of his better games of the season as he frequently lost possession but equally he can drive through challenges and break through any midfield cover to cause danger. He tried to overcome an early knock but eventually succumbed to injury and was forced off early in the game 5.

Gylf Sigurdsson- Nothing spectacular but a vitally important team performance once again from Sigurdsson. Non stop workrate and always willing to drift inside to support the central midfield areas. 7.

Emanuel Adebayor- Once he scored the equaliser his performance improved immeasurably and he began to prove what a handful he can be for any defence and it beggars the question what actually motivates this fella? everybody will say money but he has got tons of that already. Tottenham’s MOTM 9.

Roberto Soldado- An excellent performance from the Spanish striker who really caused problems for Southampton throughout the game, his cross for the first goal was just the type of cross he would have loved far more often this season. With a little more luck and had he been in a richer vein of form he could easily have left with the match ball.

Subs- Benataleb, Chadli and Defoe- 19 year old Bentaleb was a sensation, when we all expected Capoue to come on for Dembele he called up the youngster and he showed tremendous quality, Chadli operating on the left in place of Lamela was also mightily impressive while Defoe had little time to impress.


4 to “Tottenham player ratings v Southampton”

  1. JL says:

    We need vertonghen back asap.. Lloris only play well when Vertonghen play in front of him.. Jan gives the kind of reassurance to any GK who plays behind him.. and Lloris definitely benefits from that..

    • Tony says:

      Vertonghen makes a huge difference and there can only be concern that he might look to leave if target of CL is not achieved, no pressure then.

  2. Caleb says:

    I would have said soldado was excellent but at the end of the day he missed 3/4 chances that would and should have killed the game

    • Tony says:

      I have to say that I am trying hard to support Sherwood but that was all pretty poor today and the opposition once again had as many chances to score as us, probably the better chances. I really don’t see him as the answer and I believe he is tactically bereft of ideas.

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