Tottenham did just enough to edge past a poor Sunderland side at White Hart Lane. So who impressed and who struggled for the hosts?
Hugo Lloris, 6
The Spurs skipper had absolutely nothing to do in a goalkeeping capacity. That aside, his distribution was a little off, which is perhaps the only thing he needs to work on.
Kyle Walker, 6
Had a good first half but wasted most of his good work with a couple of poor crosses. Crucially cleared one off the line at 0-0. The right back faded after feeling his hamstring midway through the second half.
Toby Alderweireld, 8
Copy and paste: A solid, composed defensive performance. Every week. Need I say more?
Eric Dier, 7
Moved back into his former position of centre back and looked strong and composed. Worryingly, he was taken off with a hamstring injury in the second half.
Jan Vertonghen, 6
Looks nowhere near as comfortable on the ball at left back. The Belgian saw a few passes go astray but was hardly threatened by Sunderland’s woeful attack.
Victor Wanyama, 7
Seems to be settling in after a few matches, and might be starting more games during the next month or so if Dier’s hamstring injury is serious. Started most of Tottenham’s attacks from the back with some quick, accurate passes.
Mousa Dembele, 8
Spurs fans are starting to forget what it was like before Mousa Dembele came good last year. The Belgian returned from suspension to the delight of many and performed admirably, linking Tottenham’s play with his trademark dribbling and assurance on the ball. Makes his hamstring injury (yes, another) even tougher to take.
Moussa Sissoko, 6
Played on the right of an attacking midfield trio and looked reluctant to drift inside. The Frenchman was sloppy in possession but certainly carried a threat with his pace and strength. Looks far from a £30 million player but is undeniably a good squad addition, and should be given time before conclusions are jumped to.
Dele Alli, 6
As usual, Alli was incredibly eager to get his team forward at every opportunity. He was wasteful with his final pass but his influence shouldn’t be underestimated.
Heung-Min Son, 8
Gave his full back a torrid time down the left wing with some scintillating dribbling and frequently impressive crossing. If it wasn’t already obvious, it’s now clear Spurs did right to keep hold of him this summer.
Harry Kane, 7
Much improved after a poor display against Monaco. Kane linked the play well, even if he struggled to create opportunities for himself as he usually does. Got his goal but turned his ankle badly — a real shame.
Erik Lamela, 7
Did more creatively in 15 minutes than most did for the whole 90. Lamela loves to showboat, which is risky when only 1-0 up, but his tricks mostly came off. Had a brilliantly struck shot somehow tipped round the post.
Ben Davies, N/A
Didn’t really spend enough time on the pitch for a rating. Had very little to do on a quiet day for the entire Tottenham defence.
Vincent Janssen, N/A
Played just three minutes plus stoppage time. Looks like he is trying too hard to impress as a substitute, exemplified by a wild, wasteful attempt at goal late on. Should get a run in the side now if Kane’s injury is as serious as it looked.