PLAYER RATINGS: Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

PLAYER RATINGS: Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Aug 13, 2017

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Sunday’s Premier League action kicked off with Tottenham Hotspur beating Newcastle United 2-0 in an eventful second half, which saw Jonjo Shelvey sent off for stamping on Dele Alli.

Spurs took a strong hold of the game from that moment onwards and took the lead after Christian Eriksen’s delightful cross was met by Alli. Before the last game of last season Ben Davies had never scored a Premier League goal for Tottenham, today he made it two in two. After intricate play from Alli and Kane, Eriksen ran the ball into the path of Davies who slotted in in the far corner.

Before the last game of last season Ben Davies had never scored a Premier League goal for Tottenham, today he made it two in two. After strong build-up play from Alli and Kane, Eriksen ran the ball into the path of Davies who slotted in in the far corner.

NEWCASTLE:

Rob Elliot: 6

Not a lot he could have done for the goals and will need his defence performing stronger soon.

Ciaran Clark: 5

Moved over to full-back after Dummett went off. Was solid for most of the game but couldn’t stop Spurs from breaking through.

Paul Dummett: N/A

Went off injured after only 7 minutes. Wasn’t tested.

Javier Manquillo: 5

Worked hard in the first half but tired in the second and was caught out a few times.

Florian Lejeune: 6

Gave a solid performance before going off injured midway through the first half.

Jonjo Shelvey: 1

After an average first half, he was sent off in stupid fashion for stepping on Dele Alli’s ankle, two minutes into the second half. Cost his side the game.

Matt Ritchie: 5

Couldn’t affect the game in the way he’d of liked. Was lucky to not be sent off after a rash challenge on Alli.

Isaac Hayden: 5

Wasn’t a match for Dier and Dembele, especially after the sending off. Will sleep betting knowing that he will play against weaker midfielders this season.

Dwight Gayle: 5

Worked hard up front but couldn’t get away from Tottenham’s Belgian centre backs all game.

Christian Atsu: 7

Looked to run at the Spurs defence at every opportunity. It was a shame his teammates didn’t work to get the ball to him more often.

Ayoze Pérez: 5

Looked weak on and off the ball and will need to perform better if he’s to be a success in the Premier League.

Substitutes:

Jamaal Lascelles: 5

Made an important block as soon as he came on, but needs to position himself better.

Chancel Mbemba: 5

Was average at best and wasn’t a match for the Spurs attack.

Mikel Merino: N/A

Had a few touches but couldn’t influence the game.

TOTTENHAM:

Hugo Loris: 7

Was reliable when called upon, which wasn’t very often. Ball distribution from his feet was better than usual.

Toby Alderweireld: 7

It was a surprise that we didn’t see Alderweireld’s name in the papers regarding a move away, considering his ability. Gave a very strong performance again and didn’t allow Gayle any time.

Jan Vertonghen: 7

The two Belgians have formed one hell of a partnership. Nothing got by Vertongen and provided his partner with support when needed.

Ben Davies: 8

Great performance from the left-back and he capped it off with a goal after striking the ball from Eriksen from 6 yards.

Kyle Walker-Peters: 8

Fortunate not to give away a penalty when he fouled Gayle in the box in an offside position, but a solid performance from the youngster and he’ll be full of confidence after this match. Awarded man of the match by Sky.

Eric Dier: 7

Played in his favoured position in midfield making life easier for the defence positioning himself well to stop any attacks getting through the middle.

Moussa Sissoko: 6

Booed for every touch by the Newcastle faithful. Gave a safe performance for a rare start but he will need to perform better if he wants to stay in this starting 11.

Mousa Dembélé: 7

Controlled the midfield with his composure and strength which was made easier after the sending off. Always looking glide past anyone in his way.

Deli Alli: 9

Ineffective in the first half. Came into the game more after being stamped on by Shelvey and showed fantastic movement for his goal.

Cristian Eriksen: 9

What a magician this man is. When the Newcastle stood firm the Spurs players looked to Eriksen to inject some magic which he delivered for his assist to Alli. When this man’s in form, it lifts the team.

Harry Kane: 7

Worked well with Alli and Eriksen and was unlucky to not be on the scoresheet today. Should have buried a chance when the ball deflected through to him. Still yet to score in the Premier League in August.

Substitutes:

Son Heung-Min: 6

Son’s movement caused a few problems for Newcastle and Spurs fans will be very happy to see him back.

Victor Wanyama: 6

Came on for Alli and offered additional support in the middle.

Harry Winks: N/A

Didn’t play enough to justify a rating.

 

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