Collectively, Tottenham put in their worst display of the season so far in the 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley. But just how badly did they perform individually?
Hugo Lloris, 6
Struggled with his distribution early on, not helped by some suspect pass-backs. Grew in confidence and made a couple of important saves. Could do little about the goal.
Kyle Walker, 4
Reminiscent of the Walker of old: error prone and sloppy with those deer-in-the-headlights eyes. The only saving grace was his attacking intent which, while unproductive, was at least purposeful.
Eric Dier, 4
Had been doing a decent job deputising for Toby Alderweireld until tonight. Far too many mistakes, including a wayward backwards header that should have been capitalised upon. His bar-rattling free-kick wasn’t enough to excuse a really bad display.
Jan Vertonghen, 5
Looked panicked in the opening stages with a couple of misplaced clearances that set the tone for Spurs’ edgy performance. Grew into the game but will have to improve against Arsenal on Sunday.
Ben Davies, 4
Really inaccurate with his passing in the first half, Davies improved after the break and became one of Tottenham’s most active players going forward. Problem is, that activity is pointless when coupled with woeful decision making and a lack of creativity from out wide.
Victor Wanyama, 6
As a defensive unit, Spurs weren’t a complete disaster; the problems were primarily caused by individual mistakes. Wanyama, then, can probably be excused from much criticism. He was the least error-prone of the hosts’ defensive players and looked more confident than everyone else — a result of his good form.
Mousa Dembele, 4
Was clearly off the pace, emphasised by numerous overhit passes before his departure on thirty minutes. Whether this was down to injury alone is up for debate.
Mousa Sissoko, 3
These are worrying times for Sissoko — poor from start to finish despite sporadic moments of effort — and his manager, who appears to be putting faith in a player clearly lacking the quality to play in an elite competition like the Champions League.
Christian Eriksen, 4
In a short spell of Spurs dominance in the first half, Eriksen looked like he was beginning to turn the key, but it didn’t last long. One dangerous shot isn’t enough from a player who should be doing more — much more. Completely anonymous after the break and was subbed.
Dele Alli, 5
Got the team up the pitch far more effectively than any other Tottenham attacker. Worryingly, however, Alli sometimes seems more determined to win free-kicks and penalties than make a real impact.
Heung-Min Son, 3
Has totally lost the goalscoring momentum he had generated prior to the 2-0 win against Manchester City a month ago. Barely had a sniff through the middle before being pushed out wide, where he was equally unproductive.
Vincent Janssen, 5
Spurs undeniably improved when Janssen came on. But despite retaining the ball well a few times, he wasn’t enough of a goal threat, and that’s a problem when the rest of the attack is similarly low on confidence.
Harry Winks, 5
Replaced Eriksen on 66 minutes and didn’t do enough to prove he should be picked over his midfield counterpart. Goes without saying that patience is required for this promising prospect.
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, 5
Brought on with 20 minutes to go. Tried his best to inject some zest into a sluggish Tottenham attack but, just like everyone else, failed to provide anything meaningful.