Tottenham earned their first win of the season with a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane. But who impressed and who faltered?
Michel Vorm – 7
A comfortable afternoon for Hugo Lloris’ stand-in who was given little to do by Palace’s stuttering attackers. Vorm impressed with his feet; perhaps the one thing he has over Hugo.
Kyle Walker – 8
Built on his good display at Everton last weekend with an excellent performance both defensively and offensively. Walker is brimming with confidence at the moment, and he appears to have cut out those common mistakes.
Toby Alderweireld – 6
Barely troubled by lone striker Connor Wickham, Alderweireld was steady as usual at the back. Those trademark long-range passes were a little iffy for once, but nothing to be concerned about.
Jan Vertonghen – 7
Did really well on a number of occassions when bringing the ball out from the back. Palace’s pressing game improved after the break, but Vertonghen aptly dealt with the issue more than once.
Danny Rose – 6
Like Walker on the right, Rose is often one of the team’s key attacking threats, and he looks as confident as ever this season. One small quibble: he failed to deal with troublesome Townsend as well as Walker had been before the winger switched flanks.
Eric Dier – 6
A few misplaced passed shouldn’t detract from a dependable display from the midfielder. The side still looks a little unbalanced with both Dier and Victor Wanyama playing, though.
Victor Wanyama – 7
The summer signing is staking a claim to keep his place in the side even when Mousa Dembele returns. Not a perfect performance, but his defensive ability was there for all to see, and that winning goal should help him settle in more quickly.
Christian Eriksen – 5
Another tepid display from a player usually so influential. Spurs lack creativity when Eriksen isn’t on his game, so an improvement will be needed against Liverpool next weekend.
Erik Lamela – 6
Looked a little lost stuck out on the left wing for the majority of the game, but played a part in most Tottenham attacks. Had White Hart Lane purring with a delightful nutmeg on Townsend late on.
Harry Kane – 6
Played slightly deeper than usual to accommodate Vincent Janssen. Kane impressed in short bursts but wasn’t involved as much as he’d like to be. Linked up well with Janssen when given the opportunity.
Vincent Janssen – 7
Missed a great chance to make things easier for Spurs midway through the second half. Despite that, he kept his head up and provided plenty of willing running and effective link-up play. There’s huge potential here.
Dele Alli – 6
Made an instant impact with an incisive pass to send Janssen through. Provided little after that.
Josh Onomah – N/A
Tom Carroll – N/A