Ratings: Alli & Kane shine for Spurs; Willy flops

Date published: Saturday 26th September 2015 4:02

Dele Alli: Tottenham midfielder keeps a close watch on Sergio Aguero

TEAMtalk rates and slates the individual performances in Tottenham’s 4-1 Premier League win over Manchester City. 

Tottenham ratings

Hugo Lloris: Proved himself one of the league’s best once again with a number of vital saves, most impressively from Raheem Sterling with the scores at 0-1. Had less to do second half as Spurs took control. 7

Kyle Walker: Sloppy ball led to City’s opener and although question marks remain over his defensive qualities, he was quick to join the attack and partially redeemed himself by playing a part in Tottenham’s equaliser. 6

Toby Alderweireld: Took time to grow into the game after being given the early run around by Sergio Aguero, but got better as the match went on and scored his first goal for the club to put Spurs 2-1 up. 7

Jan Vertonghen: Slowly looks to be getting back to his best after a disappointing campaign last time out and his partnership with Belgium team-mate Alderweireld allowed City no space in the second period. 7

Ben Davies: Becoming ever-more reliable at left-back and although was caught out by De Bruyne’s run for the opener, had Jesus Navas in his pocket following the City man’s introduction. 7

Eric Dier: Continues to defy the doubters who say he can’t play in midfield. Another who got stronger as the game went on and underlined his growing acclimatisation to his new midfield role. 7

Dele Alli: Made the most tackles of any Spurs player and also helped break up a number of City attacks with some key interceptions. Didn’t look out of place despite being up against Fernando and Fernandinho for most of the match. 8

Christian Eriksen: Good in patches, but still looks a little rusty and not quite at 100% fitness after a recent lay-off. Created two of Spurs’ four goals so can take satisfaction from his performance. 7

Heung-min Son: Still finding his feet in English football, but showed good vision and stretched City’s defence on more than a few occasions. Link-up play and understanding with Kane will give Spurs fans plenty to feel optimistic about. 6

Erik Lamela: One of his better games for Spurs in the league and marked the occasion with the fourth Tottenham goal. Michael Owen gave him man of the match, but that looks a slightly dubious decision to us. 7

Harry Kane: Never let his head drop and was a constant menace to City’s defence before finally getting the goal he desperately craved. Looked more confident and relaxed thereafter and will hope the goal is the start of good things to come. 7


Clinton N’Jie: Used sparingly by Spurs so far but didn’t disappoint when entering the play, playing in Lamela for the fourth. 7

Nacer Chadli: Worked hard when introduced and did all that was asked of him. 6

Tom Carroll: Brought on with three minutes left, but had little time to make an impact. 6


Manchester City ratings

Willy Cabarello: A rare outing – albeit after playing in the League Cup at Sunderland – and clearly ring-rusty. Made a good block before the first goal but failed to set in time for Dier’s strike, and made a dreadful decision to come for the free-kick that Alderweireld headed home. 4

Aleksandar Kolarov: Not exposed often by Eriksen but subdued in an attacking sense, especially in the second half when City needed some impetus. Unusually poor delivery from set-pieces too. 5

Martin Demichelis: A poor afternoon for the Argentine, but could have been worse had he been shown a second yellow card for fouling Lamela to give away the free-kick which led to Spurs’ third. First caution came for dissent after the half-time whistle, which summed up the centre-half’s day. 4

Nicolas Otamendi: Won’t be left wanting in the physical battle but still plenty of settling in to do in the Premier League. One comical miskick in the first-half and gave away the set-piece that Lamela swung in for Alderweireld’s goal. 5

Bacary Sagna: Given a tough afternoon by Lamela and not involved in an attacking sense. Yet to prove he is worthy of the starting role for City on a long-term basis. 5

Fernando: Solid and disciplined in the first half but given the run around in the second period as Tottenham seized the initiative. 6

Fernandinho: Grafted without making an impact before being subbed for Nasri at 3-1 down. 6

Yaya Toure: City felt his absence when the Ivorian was withdrawn on 56 minutes with a hamstring injury. Employed in a more advanced role but his driving runs from deep were missed and cannot offer the sublety of David Silva – but who can? 6

Kevin De Bruyne: Scored a fine opening goal but sloppily presented the ball to Dier for Spurs to level. Carried no threat after the break. 6

Raheem Sterling: Poor. Almost everything he attempted failed to come off and when he did get himself into good positions, his finishing was dire. 5

Sergio Aguero: Looked threatening early on but his influence faded as City did. Given nothing to work with in the second period. 6


Jesus Navas: Had 35 minutes to make an impact. Failed to do so. 5

Samir Nasri: Brought on with 20 minutes to go but offered little. 6

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