Article by Alex McMurray – Follow @AlexMcMurray6
Although this writer likes to stay positive regardless of what happens in each match, it can’t be denied that the entirety of the spurs fanbase were disappointed by the result this Sunday. Coming hot off the heels of one of our most important victories in a long time, expectations were high for our match against Watford, and it proved to be our downfall, as the underestimation of the club allowed them to take advantage and claim a 2-1 victory. Bona fide stars of the previous match were nowhere to be seen and creativity was low, but there were a few solid performances despite the upsetting result.
Michel Vorm – 5: With Hugo Lloris out of the squad, many fans were clamouring for the young keeper Gazzaniga to get a start. In hindsight, perhaps that may have been a better call as the Dutch veteran did nothing of note in this match. Despite the two goals being near unstoppable headers, he could still have done more, such as coming out to punch away the crosses leading to it. A very disappointing display from him here giving us no reason to want to see him between the sticks for us again.
Keiran Trippier – 7.5: Despite being by far the best player of the spurs back line, Keiran Trippier was only average tonight. He made a few very good runs and delivered his crosses very well but was unable to find that perfect cross. He did come very close, but Harry Kane squandered the chance, meaning Trippier contributed little to the match overall.
Toby Alderweireld – 6: Toby Alderweireld put on a fine display in the first half but was unable to keep that same pace in the next half. He kept Watford’s front two at bay but was unable to help against their superb set pieces.
Jan Vertonghen – 5.5: A very similar story to Alderweireld, however Vertonghen was also even more at fault as he was very close to each of the goal scorers for the set pieces and failed to head away the ball, making this a very bad game for the usually consistent Belgian.
Davinson Sanchez – 6: Sanchez for the most part did well to deal with the pace of Andre Gray, however lost a few key battles later in the game leading to significant chances. Not a terrible performance, but he definitely could have done more.
Ben Davies – 5.5: Davies acted almost as the antithesis to Keiran Trippier today. He was terrible when crossing the ball, with not a single one finding a Tottenham head. His runs were often lackadaisical, and his defending was serviceable at best. After Danny Rose’s underwhelming return to the starting line-up last time out, Davies didn’t do much to cement his place today.
Moussa Dembele – 6: Moussa Dembele, in his second start this season, didn’t quite reach top speed. He lost the ball on a fair few occasions, and his passing was unspectacular. His defending was probably his biggest fault, as he gave away the foul leading to the first goal.
Christian Eriksen – 6: Christian Eriksen lacked creativity today and the whole team suffered as a result. Our number one playmaker could not find any significant chances for us, and wasted a few on shots from distance, making this performance one to forget.
Dele Alli – 7: The best player of Tottenham’s squad so far this season still put on a fine performance, however due to the calibre of his previous outings this season it’s hard not to be disappointed by the performance of Alli tonight.
Lucas Moura – 7: Lucas Moura, like Alli, very much underwhelmed in this match, though still showed flashed of greatness. He did well to cope with the pacey defender Kabasele, and even provided the assist in a sense by playing the ball towards Doucore that deflected into his own net but failed to do anything in the second half.
Harry Kane – 5.5: Donning the captain’s armband today, Kane did not give a very captain-worthy performance. He seemed missing at times, and failed to capitalise on a few great chances, particularly the cross in from trippier.
Substitutes and Manager
Danny Rose – 6: Although being subbed on too late in the game to make a difference, Rose still did a better job than Davies, and his extra energy almost resulted in something substantial.
Fernando Llorente – 5: When spurs needed a game changer, Fernando Llorente proved just how much we miss Heung Min Son, as the Spanish striker was unable to create or take any chances.
Harry Winks – 8.5: The only real positive of today was Harry Winks’ cameo. Like all the other substitutes he was not on long enough to make a real impact, but his runs were surging and his dribbles were on par with Dembele on a good day. His passes were accurate, and he gave Poch good reason to start him over Dembele in the future.
Mauricio Pochettino – 4: A real misstep from Pochettino here, his lack of defensive midfielder and late substitutions prevented the team from gaining much momentum and creating anything significant. A particularly disappointing match for the team as a whole, but significantly so for Poch.