Tottenham began the new Premier League season with a solid 2-0 victory against ten-man Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Jonjo Shelvey’s red card early in the second half opened things up for Spurs, who took advantage through Dele Alli’s opener and a rare Ben Davies goal. So how did Mauricio Pochettino’s side fare individually?
Hugo Lloris, 7
Never really stretched by the hosts. Made two or three routine saves and a few catches that settled the team at the back.
Kyle Walker-Peters, 7
A fantastic debut considering he was up against Newcastle’s best player by a mile on the day, Christian Atsu. Steady in possession without being particularly daring. Endured a couple of shaky moments in the first half but he rarely looked out of place.
Toby Alderweireld, 6
Let a couple of long balls go over his head in the first half — Dwight Gayle got on the end of one but failed to capitalise. Other than that he was hardly threatened by Newcastle.
Jan Vertonghen, 7
A bit more involved than Alderweireld in terms of bringing the ball out from the back. Had little to do in defence but did everything he had to do with consummate ease.
Ben Davies, 7
Continued his improved form from the beginning of the year with some useful bursts forward. Involved in plenty of attacks, working some decent one-twos down the left wing. Took his goal well on his weaker foot.
Eric Dier, 7
Mostly excellent in possession, playing a couple of clever lofted passes that put Spurs on the front foot. Came deep for the ball to aid the patient build-up and provided protection for the back four when needed.
Mousa Dembele, 7
Could have been more incisive with his passing, particularly in the first half when Tottenham needed more intensity. But he carried the ball forward beautifully and was often the player to break through the bank of players in front of Newcastle’s back four.
Moussa Sissoko, 6
Gave the ball away too many times in the first half to the delight of the Newcastle supporters. Grew into the game and looked relatively comfortable without making much of an impact. Replaced on 58 minutes.
Christian Eriksen, 8
His superb delivery for the opener was exactly what was needed to unlock Newcastle, who had begun to sit back after the red card. Wasted a couple of good shooting opportunities early on but looked incredibly slick and confident for the most part.
Dele Alli, 7
Looked as if his temper would boil over after the break, but thankfully Shelvey snapped sooner. A little rusty before the sending off but thrived on the added toxicity in the stands thereafter. Connected to Eriksen’s cross brilliantly for the opener.
Harry Kane, 7
Came so close to breaking his August hoodoo when he hit the post in stoppage time. Missed two more decent chances but linked the play brilliantly at times, and you feel he’ll be among the goals sooner rather than later this season.
Heung-Min Son, 6
Replaced Sissoko with half an hour to go. Not hugely involved, but Spurs’ football became more fluid after his introduction.
Victor Wanyama, N/A
Played just eight minutes plus stoppage time, replacing Alli to sure up the midfield in the final stages.
Harry Winks, N/A
The stoppage time arrival had very little time to make his mark.