Article by Alex McMurray – Follow @AlexMcMurray6
Following a very poor run of form with 3 consecutive 2-1 defeats, this week proved to be the turning point for Pochettino’s side as they registered 3 wins within the same week. Although Huddersfield put up a good fight and were often in better form for large portions of the match, it was Tottenham that eventually prevailed with a 2-0 win. Some players showed their worth to the squad in this character filled win, but other players were not nearly as good.
Paulo Gazzaniga – 8.0 – Tottenham’s third choice keeper has very much staked his claim to be second choice with two consecutive high-quality performances. While the majority of chances came towards the Huddersfield keeper, Paulo made some fantastic saves including a thunderbolt strike from outside the box into the bottom corner. He was arguably lucky to have kept the clean sheet thanks to a Depoitre shot that rattled the bar but he definitely deserved it.
Kieran Trippier – 8.5 – While Serge Aurier has been giving some more than competent performances recently, Kieran Trippier showed us why he remains Spurs’ number 1 right back. He was excellent in his build up play and competent in his defending. His crossing as always was superb, providing the assist to Kane’s headed goal.
Davinson Sanchez – 8.0 – Sanchez has been getting more playtime this week and deservedly so. The athletic Colombian was a rock in defence, dealing with many throw ins and crosses excellently. His passing play in getting the ball up the pitch was a bit uninspired but that’s not his area of expertise.
Toby Alderwiereld – 8.5 – Another solid performance from the Belgian. Similar to Sanchez in his excellent ability to clear the ball from the area but his passing was far superior due to his wealth of experience.
Jan Vertonghen – 7.0 – A good performance by Jan today, however an early injury impaired his ability to play and caused him to be taken off at half time.
Danny Rose – 8.0 – Rose has slowly but surely begun claiming the position of first choice left back with another solid performance. Excellent runs down the wing presented many opportunity for the spurs attack, one of those runs resulting in a penalty that was converted by Kane.
Eric Dier – 6.5 – Despite being relatively solid in defence, Dier’s passing was terrible today, often misplacing the ball and giving it to the opposition. Another day to forget for the Englishman, though the result will likely keep the conversation away from him.
Moussa Dembele – 7.0 – Dembele did a perfectly fine job in getting the ball upfield but was unable to provide anything significant. A half time substitution alongside Vertonghen allowed him to rest up in preparation for Barcelona, likely a good call.
Heung Min Son – 7.5 – Son paired well with Danny Rose on the left side, combining well with overlapping runs, with Son putting in the excellent pass to Rose that eventually led to the penalty. He was a bit too trigger happy in front of goal however and was unable to provide anything significant in front of goal.
Lucas Moura – 7.5 – Similarly to Son, Lucas worked very well with Trippier in creating chances alongside the full back but was unable to provide anything overly significant. He was still a solid part of the build up play though.
Harry Kane – 9.0 – After looking like a shell of his former self in that poor run of form, Kane reminded everyone just how good he is today. He was excellent coming forward with the ball using his strength, and tracking back to aid his midfield. His shooting was of course fantastic, providing an inch perfect header to take us 1-0 up and then a cool, calm and collected penalty to double the lead. More of the same from our talisman should result in more and more points coming our way.
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Victor Wanyama – 7.0 – Despite being on a full 45 minutes, it was hard to name anything particularly significant Wanyama did. He didn’t do anything bad but appeared almost invisible in midfield, even more so than usual.
Harry Winks – 7.5 – Unlike Wanyama, Winks did make his presence felt, helping get the ball up the pitch with his excellent passing. However, he was unable to create any clear cut chances, leading to a solid but unspectacular outing.
Moussa Sissoko – N.A – Very much a time-wasting substitute her from Poch. All this did was wind down the clock and Sissoko had very little if not nothing to do when he came.
Mauricio Pochettino – 8.0 – Despite coming away with a 2-0 win, Huddersfield were very good for large amounts of the match and deserved at least a goal. It showed good character for the squad and their tactics to overcome this. His substitutions were serviceable but nothing special though deserve extra credit as they seem to be saving the players for the vital Barcelona match on Wednesday.