Player ratings as Ndombele’s lob seals win
Tottenham Hotspur were clinically at their best on Sunday as they tried to secure a routine 3-1 victory over wrestlers Sheffield United.
It only took Spurs four minutes to open the scoring as Serge Aurier climbed the top of a corner to get home, and it was almost two soon after when Son Heung-min hit the post .
Spurs had to wait until the 40th minute for that second, thanks to poor training from outside the box from the excellent Harry Kane.
Sheffield United started off brighter after the break and shot one in the head of David McGoldrick, but Spurs made sure to win by two soon after, as Tanguy Ndombele managed a superb lob to let Aaron Ramsdale take the lead. struggling as he bounced off the back of the net.
Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – 3/10 – Fluffed a clearance in the opening minutes to herald another disappointing 88 minutes. Conceded yet another goal from outside the box that wasn’t even particularly good.
Chris Basham (CB) – 5/10 – A strange. Basham was one of the best forwards on his team, but balanced that with a suspect in defense. Overall not great.
John Egan (CB) – 5/10 – I spent the whole game flirting with a yellow card and eventually got the reservation back which means he will be suspended for the next game.
Ethan Ampadu (CB) – 6/10 – Did not match his performance against Newcastle but can be quite proud of his performance. Didn’t do much wrong.
Jayden Bogle (RM) – 4/10 – Didn’t do enough to stop Aurier’s goal and really struggled to move forward. I tried to improve after the break, but I didn’t do enough.
Oliver Norwood (CM) – 3/10 – Lost possession far too easily for Spurs second and third goals and looked completely out of rhythm. It’s probably best if he doesn’t check Twitter after this one.
John Lundstram (CM) – 6/10 – Probably the best player on the team. It looked like he wanted to shake things up, but he sometimes felt a bit like a one man army in midfield.
John Fleck (CM) – 5/10 – Had a good eye for a pass and had a great cross for McGoldrick, but too often lacked execution.
Enda Stevens (LM) – 3/10 – Looked scared in defense and was barely involved in the attack. Seemed way too scared to make a mistake and ended up doing nothing.
David McGoldrick (ST) – 6/10 – Caught his goal well, but struggled to carve out many chances against the fast Spurs back line.
Oliver Burke (ST) – 5/10 – He found himself in a lot of good positions early on, but he looked like he was losing hope in his teammates when the passes to him were consistently wrong.
Kean Bryan – 6/10
Rhian Brewster – 5/10
Billy Sharp – 6/10
Hugo Lloris (GK) – 7/10 – I had very little to do but everything did well. Was alert to any danger and made sure Sheffield United couldn’t come back.
Joe Rodon (CB) – 8/10 – He got off to a rough start but settled in quickly, pulling off a few notable blocks and using his pace to neutralize threats.
Eric Dier (CB) – 6/10 – Disappointing on the ball but nothing too terrible. Taken out of position once or twice but made up for by a handful of good blocks.
Ben Davies (CB) – 7/10 – Deployed centrally with more responsibility, but still enjoyed moving forward. Gave Reguilon so much freedom.
Serge Aurier (RM) – 8/10 – Roared on the ground, pushing so high and keeping Stevens at bay. Too much to deal with for Sheffield United. Took his goal well.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) – 8/10 – Midfield hunting game (as per). It was his interception that led to the second goal, but he’s been a constant threat throughout.
Tanguy Ndombele (CM) – 9/10 – It was against Sheffield United last season that Ndombele’s Spurs career looked, but he really settled things. He put in some wonderful passes and his goal was ridiculous and was just as strong in defense when needed. The pivot with Hojbjerg is scary.
Sergio Reguilon (LM) – 7/10 – Used his pace to burn the left wing the entire game and looked delighted at a slightly less defensive responsibility.
Steven Bergwijn (RW) – 6/10 – Concerns about his final product will persist, but Bergwijn has taken a real turn to help neutralize Stevens.
Harry Kane (ST) – 9/10 – Fallen deep, pushed high, drifted wide, did it all. Another outstanding performance from Kane, which was more than good value for its purpose.
Son Heung-min (LW) – 8/10 – Started incredibly well. Putting in a great corner for the first goal and earning a strike of its own moments later.
Lucas Moura – N / A
Carlos Vinicius – N / A
Davinson Sanchez – N / A
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