Tottenham were far from their best as they settled for a 0-0 draw with strugglers Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The hosts were intent on keeping Spurs out, making it difficult for Mauricio Pochettino’s men to play their usual team game. But how did they perform individually?
Michel Vorm, 6
Didn’t have anything difficult to do. Mixed distribution.
Kyle Walker, 6
Got into some good positions in the first half but perhaps could have been more decisive with his final ball.
Eric Dier, 6
Hard to rate the Spurs centre backs, who had so little to do. Jermain Defoe gave them a bit of hassle early on but they generally dealt with Sunderland’s minimal threat.
Toby Alderweireld, 6
See above. Was unlucky to see one of his trademark long passes intercepted just before Heung-Min Son could get on the end of it beyond the hosts’ back four.
Danny Rose, 6
Looked up for it (when isn’t he?) until getting injured and being replaced before half time. Tottenham will hope it’s nothing serious.
Victor Wanyama, 5
Had little to do in terms of shielding the back four. Got forward quite effectively but his finishing was wayward; missed a big headed chance and blazed one over from a promising position.
Mousa Dembele, 6
The best player on the pitch in the first half — some of his dribbling was staggeringly good. Faded after a red card-worthy tackle that seemed to shake him. Subbed towards the end.
Christian Eriksen, 5
A display summed up by his hit-and-miss set pieces. Played most of them short despite Spurs having most luck in the air. Didn’t do enough creatively.
Dele Alli, 5
The quietest he’s been in weeks. Alli barely saw the ball, snatching at the chances that did come and failing to find gaps in between Sunderland flat back… seven? Eight?
Heung-Min Son, 5
More involved than most early on but his decision making was frustrating to say the least. Slowed things down at the wrong times and often took too many touches when a first time shot was required.
Harry Kane, 5
An underwhelming display from Tottenham’s talisman, who didn’t provide his customary imposing threat — possibly a result of Sunderland’s staunch set-up at the back.
Ben Davies, 4
Offers so little going forward compared to Rose. Will need to improve if he is set for a run in the side.
Moussa Sissoko, 4
In fairness to Sissoko, he has mostly played well through the middle since joining. Pochettino deployed him on the wing here, and he was desperately wasteful.
Vincent Janssen, N/A
Played just five forgetful minutes plus stoppage time. Should he have been introduced earlier?