Anderlecht 2 Tottenham 1: Player ratings as Erik Lamela struggles

Player ratings as Tottenham slump to a 2-1 defeat by Anderlecht in the Europa League group stage

By Owen Fulda

Hugo Lloris Couldn’t do much about the goal as his defence let him down but made a strong save from Stefano Okaka when his side were under pressure in the first half. Excellent, speedy distribution putting Spurs on the attack. 7/10

Kieran Trippier Didn’t seem to want to venture forward but was found wandering out of position for the through-ball which produced Anderlecht’s second goal. Will need to improve considerably if he’s to take the regular right-back spot from Kyle Walker this season. 5

Toby Alderweireld The Anderlecht supporter put in a steady shift and wasn’t really to blame for either goal. Really deserves a couple of decent full-backs alongside himself and Vertonghen. 6

Jan Vertonghen Made a couple of lovely slaloming runs from central defence and his passing was crisp. Positioned himself cleverly to intercept a couple of dangerous low crosses but was caught on his heels slightly for the second goal. 7

Ben Davies Struggled with the aerial threat of the former Fulham loanee Okaka. Tried his best to get forward when Spurs went behind but to little avail. 5

Eric Dier Touched the ball 62 times in the first half, which was 31 times more than any from the home side. Did what he does best which is keep the game ticking over and dictate the tempo. 7

Moussa Dembele Anderlecht’s coach said he was the player they feared most, but it was hard to see why based on this showing as he often lost possession by running into heavy traffic. Some nice show-boating in the middle of the park but the usual lack of end product from the Belgian. 5

Andros Townsend Went down far too easily after the slightest of contact after a jinking run into the penalty area. Created himself some shooting opportunities that he wasted and spent a lot of time shouting at the referee. Generally wasteful and frustrating and eventually subbed. 5

Erik Lamela Had a goal rightly disallowed from an offside position when he really should have timed his run better. If his footballing ability was as good as his complaining he’d be world-class. 4

Christian Eriksen Produced a composed left-footed finish to score first European goal in 18 months after comedy defending from the hosts. He was Tottenham’s most threatening player throughout although his set-piece delivery wasn’t up to his usual high standards. 7

Clinton N’Jie An enthusiastic and hard-working performance as you’d expect from the Cameroonian on his first start for Spurs, but was generally reduced to speculative long-range efforts which failed to hit the target. Booked for a clumsy challenge and subbed before the hour mark. 5

Substitutes:

Harry Kane Sparked Spurs back into life when he was introduced to the game. Found himself one-on-one from a tight angle but the keeper made a good save with his feet. 6

Dele Alli Will have felt aggrieved not to have started the game. Always energetic and dynamic. 6

Josh Onomah Not really given enough time to make an impact. N/A

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