Spurs vs. Stoke – How the players faired

It finally seems like Tottenham Hotspur have found their footing in the Premier League once again.

The pain of last season’s ending has been forgotten and the Spurs now look determined to march on into Wembley Stadium on Wednesday in front of a record 80,000 fans for the club’s first Champions League match in years.

Spurs couldn’t have picked a better time to find their form as they were firing on all fronts during the match.

From the unlikely Son-Hueng-Min, to the return of Harry Kane’s goal scoring ways, Tottenham showed great reliance after starting out slowly and poorly, but the side eventually found their form, thanks to the return of the Danish Magician himself.

Player ratings

Lloris- 7: The captain returned to the side and had an easy comeback as not much was asked of him, despite being under pressure early on in the first half.

Davies- 7: The Welshman earned his first start due to Rose’s slight injury and impressed greatly.

After a bit of a rusty start, Davies did well up and down the left flank both offensively and defensively. He had a rocket volley blocked late in the match… By Eric Dier.

He also played in a nice chance for Dele Alli. Sometimes we take for granted how important our fullbacks are, and Davies showed us that having a solid 2nd option is very important.

The Welshman gave a timely reminder of what he can contribute

Vertonghen- 6: Jan looked more out of sorts than his teammates in the first half. He lacked composure and a few poor clearances that were out of character for Vertonghen. He calmed down in the second half and was much more composed and solid.

Alderweireld- 8: The best CB in the league continued to prove why he is exactly that. The leader of the back four was solid and dependable as always. No complaints.

Walker- 8: He had some early issues dealing with the skill of Arnautovic, but contained Stoke’s danger man well all game for the most part.

His killer pace was on display for Dele Alli’s goal as Walker breezed past Erik Lamela to hit the overlap.

Can’t help but just admire how fast Kyle Walker is sometimes.

Dier- 7: Eric had a bit of a quiet game, meaning he had a very solid match. Dier’s job in our squad is to solidify the defense and fill gaps between the midfield and back four, and that’s exactly what he did.

Read: How Eric became a Spurs lynchpin

Wanyama- 5: He was very lucky to not be sent off after he probably should’ve received his 2nd yellow for a tactical foul to stop a Stoke counter attack. Not his best game as he misplaced passes and he was overwhelmed by Stoke’s central man Imbula.

Son- 9: Man of the Match. He showed constant aggression and ambition attacking the left flank and it payed off by earning a brace in his first start of the campaign.

Showed tremendous composure on both of his goals with elite finishing. It will be interesting to see who Poch starts on Wednesday, Son or Lamela?

Staked a claim for a starting berth?

Eriksen- 8: With the signing of his new contract, Christian Eriksen has finally found his form after a rough start to the season. He assisted both of Son’s goals and almost scored once or twice himself.

Eriksen pulled the strings of the offense and was a constant threat. It’s good to have him back in the form we all know and love.

Dele- 6: Not his best by far, missing a sitter from 5 yards out, but making up for it with a calm finish to extend the lead. Dele has yet to have a standout game, but he continues to show signs of breaking through.

Overall, a solid game considering everyone around him shined so brightly.

Kane- 7: His work ethic and hustle never slowed down, and Kane was finally rewarded with his first goal of the season as he tapped in a cross right in front of goal. Subbed off for Janssen to rest up for Wednesday.

Substitutions

Lamela- 7: Brought on for Wanyama and gave Stoke problems, including leading the counter attack that lead to Dele Alli’s goal.

Janssen & Sissoko- N/A: Not enough time to make a real impact, a decent debut for Sissoko as he had a cross deflected and made a good tackle inside the box late in the match.

Written by Anthony Koval

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