Tottenham Hotspur player ratings: Eriksen provides timely reminder of quality
PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 August 2019 | UPDATED: 16:00 12 August 2019
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George Sessions provides Spurs player ratings after Saturday’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
For long periods on Saturday evening Aston Villa must have envisaged the perfect return to life in the Premier League, but eventually Tottenham Hotspur showed class and clinched the points with a strong second half performance.
John McGinn's eighth-minute effort handed Dean Smith's new boys a shock lead at half time, yet back came Spurs following the interval with Tanguy Ndombele scoring a wonderful equaliser to set up a grandstand finish with 17 minutes left.
It was then left to talisman Harry Kane to do what he does best - score - as he struck a brace, his first goals at the new stadium, to secure a deserved 3-1 victory.
Hugo Lloris (6) - Generally quiet for much of the game, but left badly exposed early on when McGinn raced through and scored. He got a touch to the shot and made some saves later in the fixture, although largely untroubled by the visitors
Kyle Walker-Peters (7) - A big opportunity for the young full-back and one he took, albeit he will face tougher tests than this. He coped well with Anwar El Ghazi for the majority of the match, but failed to show a huge amount of quality in the final third. Nevertheless, he constantly got forward and show pleasing confidence on the ball.
Toby Alderweireld (7) - Typically composed display from the experienced defender, who won his battles in the air and rarely gave possession away. He produced some trademark long-range passes out to the left flank as well and dealt with Wesley when needed while made crucial block to deny Trezeguet in the first half.
Davinson Sanchez (7) - Involved in the opener, although didn't do too much wrong when jostling with Westley as the ball was in the air. He got turned too easily by right winger Trezeguet in the opening 45, but did plenty of good things and was unlucky not to score from Eriksen's excellent cross in the build-up to Ndombele's leveller.
Danny Rose (7) - A strange game in many ways for the popular left-back, who was at fault for the opener, anticipating McGinn's shot too early and losing his footing as a result. This aside, his energy throughout was impressive and he attacked at every opportunity, but only produced a handful of great crosses into the area. One for Lucas Moura should have been taken.
Harry Winks (7) - Withdrawn after 64 minutes, but probably due to a knock picked up in the first half. He tried to get Spurs playing at a better tempo after they had fallen behind, but needed more movement from those in the forward areas. One piece of play in the 41st minute highlighted his undoubted quality, as he slide in on Trezeguet to stop him running at goal and then dummied his way past another opponent. Tidy.
Moussa Sissoko (6) - Excellent play for Kane's third, as he brought the ball forward and produced a solid pass into the forward, but too many times in attacking areas he made the wrong decision or showed his lack of confidence. He should have scored early into the second half, but dragged an effort wide for a throw and had a similar opening in the first half, yet cut inside instead of shooting first time. Some of his passing was also stray, but did improve and played key role in wrapping up win.
Tanguy Ndombele (7) - After a slow start where he was struggling to show his class, he came to the party in the second. Glimpses of his potential and eye for a pass were present before his equaliser, including a lovely chipped cross to Kane before half time was up. The goal he produced was one worth the wait and he looks a real top drawer addition, but will need time to settle and learn from his mistakes.
Erik Lamela (6) - Handed a starting role with Eriksen on the bench, the Argentinian didn't make the most of it, although may have benefited from Spurs playing in a 4-2-3-1 for the whole match, not just for the second half. Once that was the case, he popped up in dangerous areas and did extremely well to win the ball off Jack Grealish for Kane's first goal.
Harry Kane (8) - A typical Kane performance; full of running, a plethora of chances and crucially goals. He cut a frustrated figure at times, especially after he headed over Ndombele's cross and blazed a few other efforts over, but what composure in the 86th minute when presented with a genuine opportunity. He took it superbly and produced an even better finish four minutes later. It looked like a simple goal, but everything about it from the initial touch to the stroke into the corner was vintage Kane.
Lucas Moura (6) - The partnership between Moura and Kane never seems to fully take off, but that is perhaps to do with the fact it usually takes place in the diamond formation. He started very lively and should have scored from a Rose cross, but had to bid his time for chances after and yet played a key role out wide in the second half to help Tottenham get back in the game and on the road to three points.
Christian Eriksen (8) - With Spurs lacking creativity, Mauricio Pochettino turned to the Dane in the 64th minute and he did not disappoint. Instantly he created chances for the likes of Kane and although he hit the first man with a corner, his cross in the build-up to the equaliser was fantastic and he got Tottenham ticking and playing at the tempo teams can't deal with. But how many more Spurs outings does he have left?
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (N/A) - Introduced late and more interestingly included on the bench ahead of the likes of Troy Parrott and Jack Roles, which no doubt would have disappointed fans who keep a close eye on the academy and development team.
Oliver Skipp (N/A) - Only a matter of minutes on the pitch, but looks to be a lot more confident this season, which is understandable after strong summer on tour in Asia and at the Audi Cup. One to keep an eye on during the campaign.
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