A tale of two battles ensued at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Spurs completed a 5-star performance to smash Everton 5-0. Tottenham were yearning for a win to move closer to the Champions League spots, while Everton were looking to move away from the relegation zone. However, Tottenham prevailed and Everton dropped closer to the relegation places. Tottenham now sits seventh in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal who have a game in hand. The Tottenham Hotspur player ratings are here from their 5-0 win over the Toffees.
Everton invited misery when Michael Keane cleared a cross from Ryan Sessegnon in his own net. Before Everton could settle in and reply, Tottenham doubled their lead three minutes after the opener. Dejan Kulusevski’s smooth touch found Son Heung-min who slotted the ball past Jordan Pickford. The English keeper could have and should have done more but failed.
Harry Kane joined the party as Doherty’s delicious ball ripping apart Everton’s high-line released the striker free on goal. Kane did his routine job to bullet it past Pickford. A disgruntled Everton were hoping to find something in the second half but Tottenham were on a spree. A minute into the second half and Serge Reguilon scored the fourth from Kulusevski’s assist. Harry Kane rounded off it to 5, again linking up superbly with Doherty. This time, Doherty’s ball over the top was met precisely by Kane who volleyed it for his second of the night.
Everton had no clear answer despite Frank Lampard bringing on former Tottenham player Dele Alli and Ukrainian left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko. Alli got nothing for Everton besides applause from the home fans.
Tottenham Hotspur player ratings- ‘keeper and defense
Hugo Lloris- 5/10
A quiet and relaxed night in the goal for the captain. Lloris didn’t face a single shot on target from the Toffees.
Cristian Romero- 6/10
Romero did his job. The Argentine kept Richarlison quiet for the game and even got booked for the same. Later was taken-off for Davinson Sanchez, mostly to avoid another booking which could have resulted in a red. Decent enough in our Tottenham Hotspur player ratings.
Eric Dier- 7/10
Dier is growing more and more as a leader. He led his side’s defense and kept things smooth at the back. Won all of his aerial duels contested and helped with impressive 6 ball recoveries. Could have found his name on the scoresheet as his header hit the bar.
Ben Davies- 6/10
Played a crucial role in Tottenham’s opener playing Sessegnon to cross the ball. Was there when called upon for offensive duties on the left-flank.
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Matt Doherty- 8/10
Blistering performance from the right wing-back. Notched-up two assists, both for Kane. First, a ball tearing the Everton defense, second a clip over the top to delete the Everton defense. Should have scored, but a terrible save from Pickford denied Doherty.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg- 8/10
Hojberg won the midfield battles for Tottenham. His massive 104 touches to the ball were unmatched by any of the players from either side. A pass completion rate of 93% and 7 out of 8 duels won. A complete display in the midfield.
Rodrigo Bentancur- 7/10
Bentancur returned from an injury but settled in so easily as if he never missed the last couple of games. Bentancur too amassed over 100 touches and a 100% successful dribble completion rate.
Ryan Sessegnon- 7/10
His pace and constantly finding space troubled the Everton defense. His rifling cross was put in the back of the net by Michael Keane who couldn’t have done much to keep it out. It’s a shame he came off at the half-time due to a suspected knock.
Dejan Kulusevski- 9/10
What a player! Kulusevski is only improving day by day for Spurs. With 2 assists on the night and overall three in six premier league games, the Swede has already matched his tally of assists from 20 Serie A games. His link-up with both Son and Kane has to be commendable. Second only to Kane in our Tottenham Hotspur player ratings.
Harry Kane- 10/10
None can argue that the prolific striker is undeserving of a 10/10. Kane was a poacher on the night and scored two brilliant goals. Moreover, the England captain equaled and then surpassed Arsenal legend Thierry Henry’s all-time tally of 175 premier league goals. He timed his runs perfectly in the Everton box which earned him his two goals. Without a doubt highest rated among Tottenham Hotspur player ratings.
Son Heung-min- 7/10
Another brilliant game for the South Korean. Buried his first chance to double Tottenham’s lead, but failed to score a sitter when had only the ‘keeper to beat. Could have bagged an assist early on too if had slipped the ball to Sessegnon who was open in acres of space.
Sergio Reguilon- 6/10
Came-on for Sessegnon at the half-time. Reguilon’s first touch after coming on was his goal. He picked up from where Sessegnon left and kept the pace on the left flank alive.
Davinson Sanchez- 6/10
Came-on for Romero in the 52nd minute. Romero’s booking forced Sanchez into action. However, Sanchez put on a decent performance, winning all his 5 duels out of 5 contested and chipping in 2 accurate long-balls.
Steven Bergwijn- 5/10
Came-on for Son in the 67th minute. Flashy at times, and could also have scored.
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