Everton 1 Tottenham 1: Player ratings as Dele Alli sparkles

Player ratings as Tottenham kick off 2016 with a 1-1 draw at Everton in the Premier League

By Joel Durston

Everton

Tim Howard Could not have really done anything about Dele Alli’s goal but did look a little uncertain at times in the air, a couple of times punching the ball only about five or ten yards. 5/10

Seamus Coleman Got up and down the wing well, but was perhaps slightly at fault for the first goal, as Alli got the wrong side of him. 6

John Stones Assured – to the point where he was, to the fans’ dismay, once even dribbling the ball across his own goalmouth. Once again showed his fine positional sense; shades of Bobby Moore in the young player. 7

Ramiro Funes Mori Committed and generally in the right places, but often clumsy on the ball. 5

Leighton Baines As usual, solid in defence and, as the game went on, got forward more and produced some decent deliveries. 7

Ross Barkley A livewire in the middle, running strongly through the middle on various occasions. Could have put Lukaku through for what might have proved to be the winner at the end if his pass was just a little better. 7

Gareth Barry Committed in breaking Spurs’ attacks during their early dominance and tidy on the ball when Everton had more of it later on. 7

Tom Cleverley Produced a good long ball to Romeo Lukaku which the Belgian headed back for the goal but apart from that did not make a huge contribution. 6

Aaron Lennon Took his goal, a half-volley from just inside the box, superbly. Otherwise did not make a huge impression, but that was partly because his whole team were not playing that expansively to release him into space in the hour he was on the pitch. 7

Romeo Lukaku A bustling, busy presence as ever and produced a good header for Lennon’s goal, but couldn’t quite get the end product despite a few half chances, the best of which was an attempted header at the back post which he couldn’t quite get on the end of. 6

Arouna Kone Worked hard, but not to great effect. 5

Substitutes

Muhamed Besic
Provided some much-needed attacking impetus in the last half-hour and forced a fine save from Hugo Lloris with a viciously dipping volley. 7

Gerard Deulofeu A constant menace down the right after he came on and whipped in a teasing ball right across the goalmouth which Lukaku would have finished on most days. 8

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris Not at all at fault for the Everton goal and made some other good saves – the most impressive being his stop from Besic. 7

Kyle Walker Provided much of Spurs’ attacking threat in the first half as he got down the flank well. Typically busy and didn’t get caught out positionally as he sometimes does. 6

Toby Alderweireld Another commanding performance from perhaps the defender of the season so far – committed, aware and even got an assist with a fine, 30-yard floated ball over the top for Alli to run on to, chest and finish. 7

Jan Vertonghen Enjoyed a good old (metaphorical) 12 rounds with his countryman Lukaku, in which both landed a few blows, but, to his credit, he came out still standing. 7

Ben Davies If one is being picky, you could blame the former Swansea man for ball-watching in not being tight enough for Lennon drifting in late for the Everton goal, but otherwise very busy, and very nearly scored from a stunning 25-yard effort which must have near broken the crossbar. 7

Eric Dier Solid performance anchoring the midfield but on the evidence of this his distribution could do with a little work. 6

Tom Carroll Very composed on the ball, linking up all over the park, and willing to do hard graft too, even once or twice coming off better against Lukaku, who is about twice his size. 8

Christian Eriksen Classy and skilful as usual, but could not find the magic touch which he so often does. 7

Dele Alli (man of the match) A sterling performance. At just 19, he is beginning to look like a remarkably all-round midfielder – tenacious in defence and capable of brilliance in front of goal, as shown here as he superbly chested Alderweireld’s ball into his path and, under pressure from Coleman, volleyed past Howard. 8

Erik Lamela Clever on the ball and showed he was willing to mix it too – in fact, maybe a little too much as he earned a yellow card after what must have been at least his fourth foul, but a Lamela who does this is far preferable to the one who often used to drift in and out games. 7

Harry Kane Produced a fantastic, long-range effort which would have been in had it landed just one inch further to the right of the goalpost – but then did not do too much after. 6

Substitutes

Son Heung-min N/A

Josh Onomah N/A

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