Another victory in the Premier League for Ryan Mason who has now won two in two, with the victories coming either side of the League Cup Final defeat against Manchester City, but his Spurs team bounced back superbly to beat Sheffield United 4-0 yesterday.
A stunning hat-trick from Gareth Bale and a screamer from Heung-min Son secured the three points for Spurs, who now sit just five points behind Chelsea in fourth with them to still play some very tough games. Here are our player ratings:
Hugo Lloris – 6
Didn’t have to do too much as there was very little threat from the Sheffield United attackers. Good save to stop Oliver Norwood’s strike.
Sergio Reguilon – 6
Worked hard and looked slightly better in defence but was caught out on the overlap despite Eric Dier instructing him to cover it. Missed a glorious opportunity with a dreadful attempt in the final minutes.
Eric Dier – 7
Composed and assured at the back and was visibly leading the defence being very vocal throughout the game. Made some good tackles and was confident with his passing.
Toby Alderweireld – 7
Another composed performance under Ryan Mason from the Belgian who has been brought back into the side after being regularly dropped by Jose Mourinho. Made a fantastic long through ball forward for Son’s offside goal.
Serge Aurier – 9
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Two assists for the Ivorian right back who hasn’t performed at all like this in a long time. Looked threatening every time he received the ball on the right flank and gave Enda Stevens nightmares.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 7
Dominating as usual in midfield, winning possession plenty of times and driving the team forward. Always picking out the correct pass and looking calm and assured.
Giovani Lo Celso – 6
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Slightly disappointing playing as a deep playmaker, but his movement was very good and so was his energy. Still looks like he is lacking in match sharpness and was stamped on by John Fleck, with the Sheffield midfielder somehow not being given a red card inexplicably.
Heung-min Son – 8
Superb performance from a player who looked like he was back to his best as he provided a constant threat from deep on the counter or cutting in from the left. Capped his performance off with a beautiful finish but could have had another but for VAR.
Dele Alli – 7
Lacking in match sharpness and gave the ball away plenty but it was his movement that was particularly impressive. Always popped up in a pocket of space when Spurs needed an out-ball and that is something we haven’t had enough of this season.
Gareth Bale – 9
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Magnificent. Performances like this from Bale make you really wonder why he was cast aside at Real Madrid because he showed world class ability yesterday. Three fantastic finishes as well as plenty of hard work tracking back and snappy passing. Wonderful.
Harry Kane – 5
Not the usual performance we have come to expect from Kane, who has been sensational this season, but poor yesterday. Didn’t look like scoring even with the chances he had and didn’t play any part in any of the goals. It’s an encouraging sign that we can put four past a team in the Premier League without requiring him though.
SUBS: Harry Winks – 6, Steven Bergwijn – 7, Erik Lamela – 5
Winks came on and added a little more control in midfield while in possession, while Bergwijn added pace and direct running which gave Sheffield problems, eventually ending in the Dutchman earning an assist. Lamela didn’t have too much time to put a real stamp on the game.