Tottenham 4 Man City 1: Player ratings as Erik Lamela impresses

Player ratings as Tottenham Hotspur come from behind to thrash Manchester City at White Hart Lane

By Steven Prince

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris The club captain led by example from the back, making a string of top saves to highlight his importance to the White Hart Lane outfit. 8/10

Kyle Walker One of the candidates vying for the England right-back jersey played a part in both first half goals. His poor pass in the short corner routine allowed City to break for the opener, but his cross from an albeit offside position was influential for the equaliser. 6

Toby Alderweireld A classy display at the heart of Spurs’ defence was topped off with a goal. He was solid on the ball, comfortable in bringing the ball out of defence while committed in the tackle. 8

Jan Vertonghen Alongside his compatriot Alderweireld, one of the Premier League’s Belgian contingent gave a strong performance and coped with the movement of City’s attacking cavalcade consummately. 7

Ben Davies The Welsh left-back, who appears to have taken over from Danny Rose as the first-choice left-side defender, was great in defence and similarly going forward. 7

Eric Dier A crisp, low strike brought his side back into the game. The defender is appearing to revel in his new defensive midfield role. 8

Dele Alli The reigning Football League young player of the year is definitely one for the future. The midfielder was a tad on the raw side but will undoubtedly flourish if given the minutes. 7

Erik Lamela (Man of the match) The club’s record signing had a poor start to the game but grew into the match. A delicious ball from wide gave Alderweireld an easy header before adding to the rout himself. He caused Kolarov all manner of problems. 9

Christian Eriksen The creative Dane is still a few matches away from full fitness. His prowess from set pieces is such an invaluable asset to his side. 7

Son Heung-Min The summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen gives his new employers a different attacking option. Vibrant and pacey but is not aware of his surroundings after being caught offside too frequently. 6

Harry Kane After 12 hours and 28 minutes without a goal in Spurs’ shirt, the poster boy from last season finally got his season underway with a deft finish from Eriksen’s free-kick. 7

Substitutes

Clinton N’Jie The Cameroonian brought an extra gear to Spurs’ attack when coming on. His pass gave Lamela the opportunity to get the fourth goal. 7

Nacer Chadli The substitute tried to get into the game but was unable to find the same level of performance as those around him. 6

Tom Carroll No time to make an impact. N/A

Manchester City

Willy Caballero The reserve goalkeeper took an ill-advised leave of absence, getting himself lost for the second Spurs’ goal to allow an easy header for Alderweireld. Besides that moment of madness, he had very little to do besides pick the ball out of the net on three other occasions. 5

Bacary Sagna The peroxide blonde locks may have gone and by the looks of things – so has his defensive capabilities. The former Arsenal player is not quite at the same level as Pablo Zabaleta. 5

Nicolas Otamendi The summer signing started strongly, but after a miss kick midway through the first half, his confidence seemed to evaporate. The only quality on show from the Argentinean was his beard. 4

Martin Demichelis The experienced campaigner was the Demichelis of his first season in England. No leadership, no poise and very poor positional. He was lucky not to receive a second yellow card for the challenge which led to the third goal. 4

Aleksander Kolarov The Serbian was too keen to get forward and attack. The left-back is first and foremost a part of the defensive unit. In such situations he was too easy beaten by the impressive Lamela. 4

Fernandinho The shackles of his usual defensive role were removed as his practical namesake screened the defence. The Brazilian however was too often out of the game. 6

Fernando The former Porto midfielder was easily outjumped by Alderweireld for the second goal. He is the weakest link of the Mancunian midfield. 5

Kevin De Bruyne Three goals in three starts for the £55m midfielder cannot legislate for the poor pass which led to the equaliser. Horrendously uninvolved after the interval as the visitor’s attacking threat diminished. 6

Yaya Toure A potential hamstring injury curtailed the chance for the Ivorian to play in an advanced role. However, his powerful run from deep and beautifully measured pass put the chance on a plate for De Bruyne. But he did very little else. 6

Raheem Sterling The former Liverpool wide man posed a number of questions to the host’s defence. He wasted a number of golden opportunities to reduce the arrears. 6

Sergio Agüero The goal drought continues. The Argentinean found himself in a number of great positions but found a Belgian wall in his way. Also different coloured boots is never a good look. 6

Substitutes

Samir Nasri The substitute had little impact on the game after coming on and was far too peripheral. 5

Jesus Navas The Spaniard is too one-dimensional and offered too little as an attacking threat. After coming on for the injured Toure, he did only one thing – run at Davies and cross. 5

Patrick Roberts No time to make an impact. N/A

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