Tottenham 3 Aston Villa 1: Player ratings as Moussa Dembele impresses

Player ratings as Tottenham Hotspur ease to victory over struggling Aston Villa

By Niall Griffiths

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris The French keeper was tested at either ends of the game, with Sinclair proving a problem within the first half and a combative late-showing from Villa’s attack meant he was kept on his toes. Could do little about Villa’s goal. 6/10

Kyle Walker The one-time Villa loanee had a task on his hands in keeping the energetic Sinclair at bay. While the winger found early joy, Walker managed to recover and keep him out. 6

Toby Alderweireld The Belgian showed an eye for a pass going forward and was his usual solid self at the back. 6

Jan Vertonghen Another good display at the back for the other Belgian in the central partnership. Unlucky to have Ayew’s shot nick off of him. 6

Danny Rose Enjoyed the run on Bacuna numerous times in the first half and was defensively solid throughout. 6

Dele Alli Not quite at his incisive best in the first half, but showed great composure to trap a rebounded ball onto his knee before firing home just before the interval. 7

Eric Dier Continued to put out fires in the centre of the pitch and is slowly proving to be a solid option at the base of the midfield. 7

Moussa Dembele (Man of the match) Outmuscled Clark in the penalty box to open the scoring in the third minute, his second goal in as many games. 8

Christian Eriksen The Danish playmaker had plenty of touches in Villa’s half but didn’t do a lot to push his side forward. Enjoyed a few fancy link-ups with Lamela but found most of his time on the ball came at the set-piece. 6

Erik Lamela The Argentine had a typically mixed game, showing fleeting moments of spark before getting lost amidst the game. Popped up in the dying minutes to set up Kane to ensure victory. 6

Harry Kane Tottenham’s No10 had a quiet game with only a few chances coming his way, but when Lamela squared a pass across the penalty box the England striker made no mistake and nestled it in the top corner. 7

Substitutes

Ryan Mason N/A

Ben Davies N/A

Josh Onomah N/A

Aston Villa

Brad Guzan The stopper saw Dembele’s goal slide under him but could do little against Alli’s cracker at the end of the first half. 5

Alan Hutton The Scot found himself making constant forays into the Spurs half to some effect. The visiting Villans’ best player on the night. Booked. 6

Ciaran Clark Micah Richards’ replacement at the back, Clark was easily shrugged off by Dembele during the build-up to Spurs’ opener and seemed nervy. 4

Joleon Lescott Slightly more composed than his partner in defence but still couldn’t help appease the Spurs attack. 5

Kieran Richardson A poorly-timed challenge on Lamela late in the second-half proved to be his only noteworthy contribution to the game. Booked. 4

Carlos Sanchez One of the only Villa players with a real presence in the game, albeit one that constantly gave away sloppy fouls. 5

Ashley Westwood A flailing Dembele elbow meant the midfielder’s game was cut short just minutes before half-time. 5

Leandro Bacuna After starting out wide-right, the Dutchman was forced into the centre of midfield due to the injury to Westwood and did very little in his makeshift position. Rattled the post as the match neared its end. 5

Jack Grealish While having undoubted talent, the 20-year-old had a night to forget at White Hart Lane. A brief verbal sparring match with Mike Dean after a foul on his part underlined his naivety. 5

Scott Sinclair Showed great close control to beat two Spurs players and test Lloris early on and always looked lively on the left flank but did little else for the remainder of the game. 6

Gabby Agbonlahor The speedster was handed the centre-forward berth and didn’t give the best account of himself, only having a measly six touches on the ball in the first half. Hauled off at half-time. 4

Substitutes

Jordan Ayew The Frenchman managed to get his side back into the game with ten minutes remaining, a goal helped by a deflection off Vertonghen. Nearly found the top corner in with five minutes remaining. Booked. 6

Rudy Gestede The substitute had two golden chances to score but couldn’t find the target. The burley forward’s introduction did appear to spark his side into life however. 6

Carles Gil N/A

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