Tottenham Hotspur played hosts to Newcastle United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier today hoping to build on their 2-2 draw versus Manchester City from last weekend. Spurs made a dominant start to the match but allowed the visitors to get a foothold in the game. The Magpies looked dangerous on the counter and took a surprise lead in the 27th minute via Joelinton’s intelligent control and finish from close range.
Spurs tried their best to make a comeback in the second half, but they were denied by some resolute Newcastle defending. Spurs threw everything but the kitchen sink, however, all of their efforts were in vain as Steve Bruce’s men ran out 1-0 winners on the day.
Let’s take a look at how each Tottenham player performed during the match against the Magpies.
GK: Hugo Lloris – 6/10
He made a good save in the first half but couldn’t do much about Joelinton’s clinical finish. He had a comfortable game in the second half.
RB: Kyle Walker-Peters – 6/10
The youngster defended resolutely at the back but struggled to make an impact in the opposition half.
CB: Toby Alderweireld – 7/10
The Belgian centre-back commanded his own box with authority and conviction. He did enough to keep things tidy at the back.
CB: Davinson Sánchez – 4/10
Joelinton’s runs gave him all sorts of problems during the game. He was also mainly at fault for the Magpies goal in the first half.
LB: Danny Rose – 4.5/10
The English full-back was often caught ball-watching and left the Spurs defence exposed at times at the back. He needs to improve or else risk losing his starting berth to Ben Davies in the coming weeks.
CM: Moussa Sissoko – 7/10
The Frenchman worked his socks off and did well for his team even when switched to an unfamiliar position in the second half. He managed to deliver some inviting crosses into the Newcastle penalty box, but unfortunately, his teammates couldn’t find their finishing touch in the final third.
CM: Harry Winks – 6/10
He put in a hard-working shift at the middle of the park but didn’t create much going forward.
RM: Lucas Moura – 4/10
The Brazilian winger failed to create too many openings going forward. He got a golden opportunity to equalise but couldn’t convert from close range.
CAM: Erik Lamela – 4/10
The Argentine playmaker struggled to influence the game while playing in the number 10 position. He needs to be dropped soon if Mauricio Pochettino’s men are to turn things around at North London.
LM: Heung-Min Son – 5/10
The South Korean talent tried his best to make some dangerous runs with the ball but lacked the cutting edge in the offensive end of the field.
ST: Harry Kane – 4/10
It was a poor showing from the English centre-forward. He couldn’t do much going forward after Spurs went a goal down in the contest. Kane was also guilty of missing a decent chance in the dying embers of the encounter.
CM: Giovani Lo Celso – 5/10
The Spurs new boy tried his luck from a distance, but his attempt was off target. He didn’t do too much otherwise.
CM: Christian Eriksen – 5/10
The Dane had an uneventful game after coming on as a substitute in the second half.
LB: Ben Davies – N/A
He didn’t have enough time to make an impression in the game.
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