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Tottenham player ratings v Swansea

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Eddie S

In what was probably one of Tottenham’s best performances of the season just about every player put in strong performances and made a telling contribution but so too did the coaching staff who tactically got this one just about right, rather than go with an out and out defensive midfielder, who incidentally will be needed in some situations whether it be Sandro or Capoue, they plumped for a more fluid adaptable midfield three with width supplied by Chadli and Lennon supplemented by both fullbacks who incidentally were responsible for both second half goals. One other point to pick up on was the understanding and success of replacing Lennon with Naughton which allowed Kyle Walker to continue exploiting Swansea down that flank.

Hugo Lloris – 7 – Some decent saves from powerful efforts by Bony and Shelvey. Always in the right place and as usual quick off his line, a couple of  good takes from crosses relieved the pressure at important moment. No chance with Bony’s goal.

Kyle Walker – 7 – Just seems to get on with his job as usual, rarely troubled defensively and excellent going forward. Interlinked with our central midfielders to good effect, and always looking to overlap his man in front of him. His movement beyond the Swansea defence and cross into the box resulted in the all important second goal..

Michael Dawson – 7 – A typical captains performance, always looking comfortable in possession and defensively in general, made 2 tackles, and was strong in his defending against Wilfred Bony, he even found time to get forward and play the defence-splitting ball into Walker which led to our second goal.

Vlad Chiriches – 8 – Hardly put a foot wrong all game with 3 tackles and had a passing accuracy rate of 91%. Swept up nicely behind Dawson and showed great confidence and nerve to run the ball out of defence, he  hit a great long ball through ball through to Adebayor who had the chance to grab his hat-rick.

Danny Rose – 7 – Always involved and having more touches (81) than any other Spurs defender, he also managed 3 tackles and battled well when up against Routledge. There was the odd mistake and moment of panic but got forward to assist Adebayor for his second and our third. What he lacks in defensive qualities, he makes up for with his forward runs.

Mousa Dembele – 8 – Continues to be a driving force  in midfield and with a passing accuracy rate of 91%, 4 tackles and 4 successful dribbles he remains crucial to the team. Should have scored when one-on-one with Tremmel, but it was his desire to get forward that got him into that position. Solid alongside Bentaleb but then he usually is no matter who he is partnered with.

Nabil Bentaleb- 8 – Like Dembele, Nabil also had a passing accuracy rate of 91%. Not at his best in the first half hour or so and lost his man Shelvey on occasions, but like the team he grew into the game. Sat behind Dembele to good effect when the Belgian went forward – showing he can do the dirty-work as well. He made ten successful tackles so is showing that his defensive game is improving quickly.

Aaron Lennon – 7 – Only a low amount of touches probably summed up Lennon’s game today, he was required to offer a lot more defensively than offensively. Always on hand to help out Walker  and made 3 tackles in the process. Picked his moments to support Adebayor and was a threat throughout.

Nacer Chadli – 6 – Solid on the left and just maybe he is now getting to grips with the Premiership a little more with each passing game, had only 24 touches but cut inside on numerous occasions to feed Adebayor the ball. Decent if not spectacular.

Christian Eriksen – 8 – Around and about Adebayor or whoever is the focal point of the attack is clearly the way forward for Eriksen Only had a passing accuracy rate of 78%, but that is only because virtually of his passes were adventurous attempting to open up the opposition. Another assist for Adebayor for our first and showed silky skills to beat his men and break forward. A surprising turn of pace might also have surprised many of us on occasions.

Emmanuel Adebayor – 9 – Lead the line impressively and dropped back at times to be a part of a fluid midfield leaving the swansea defence all at sea when trying to defend. Showed strength to hold up the ball and won his fair share of balls in the air, showed pace and power to put the Swansea backline under pressure. Scored two real-strikers goals that came from only 3 shots attempted. Looks like he means business.

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  1. Boobaspur says:

    I haven’t spoken kindly about Adebayor recently, but very much agree with him deserving motm with Eriksen not far behind.

    Dembele perhaps not quite an 8 for me, while he was very good – he made an absolutely stupid decision not setting up Ade, instead greedily going himself. Had Swansea scored sooner, they could have pressed for and achieved 2-2.

    Only Chadli stood out for me as mediocre. On occasion he’s movement looked sluggish and his confidence low.

    All in all a fantastic result.

    • Tony says:

      Same as you on the subject of Adebayor and not expecting too much, happy to comment on a game by game basis but just hope he maintains form over entire season and not just until the transfer window closes. Agree that Chadli was least effective performer but he is far stronger on the left than Eriksen and will hopefully keep improving. Townsend will soon be the man challenging on that wing and we still have plenty of other options to challenge in midfield and up front.
      Great result and for me probably one of the best performances of the season.

  2. Jeff says:

    Let’s be honest, it was only Swansea so we shouldn’t get over-excited. But yes, this was probably the best we’ve played in a long time. Scoring nicely, a good run of results, all set for a cracker on Wed.

    Mostly I agree with your scores, except for Lennon. Maybe with his size, and the way teams try to play him tight, he’s hard to pick out , so his touches are limited. But since he came back in the team it seems to me that most of our really dangerous plays are all Aaron cutting into the box. I haven’t seen a defender that he didn’t make look like crap in weeks. So plus 1 to Aaron for me.

    • Tony says:

      I know many who dont rate Lennon that highly but he can be vital down the right. If only he added a few more goals to his game and was a bit more ruthless with his final ball. You can only beat whats put in front of you but enjoyed performance.

  3. Boobaspur says:

    I have to disagree a litle – “only Swansea” who are no walkover. They have been poor of late but still never a given 3 points.

    Had we come away with a 2-2 we would probably be pleased not to have lost away. Wins like these are definitely how we climb the table and improve year on year.

    I think it was a fantastic result particularly now we see Liverpool and Everton both dropped points.

    • Jeff says:

      I agree with you both. The criticism of Lennon is definitely that he’s a creator, not a finisher of chances. But to put it mildly he’s not the only one with that weakness. Now we’ve got a striker in form playing up front, he should get a lot more assists and I think his contribution more obvious.

      Personally I like Swansea, and yes those 3 points were not a gimme – this site had a lot of pre-match posters who would have settled for a draw. But they’re not playing well right now.

      The City game is huge. Just for the record, my pre-season pick was us top, arses 2nd (you’ve got to have optimism)

      • Tony says:

        Take a look at our run in, if we are still thereabouts come beginning of April we might yet creep closer to those ahead of us. Optimism essential.



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