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Son gets 9/10, Aurier 8.5/10 – Tottenham player ratings from the brilliant 4-0 win over Crystal Palace



Tottenham vs Crystal Palace ratings: Tottenham player ratings

Tottenham turned on the style in what looked like a difficult game as they beat Crystal Palace 4-0. All the goals came in a crazy first half, with Son Heung-min and Serge Aurier running riot.

The South Korean forward has had a slow start since returning from suspension but scored a brace, while Aurier was brought back into the team for his first start of the campaign.

Erik Lamela also got on the score sheet while Patrick van Aanholt put past his own keeper in between Son’s brace.

Son and Lamela had the chances to extend the lead after the break, but this was an impressive performance after a tough start to the season.

Tottenham had several players out with injuries, but it didn’t matter much in the end. The 4-0 win put us back in the top four before Sunday’s games and we carry great form into the Champions League clash in midweek.

Tottenham player ratings

Hugo Lloris – 6.5/10

The Frenchman had a couple of decent saves to make but wasn’t troubled too much by the Eagles today.

Serge Aurier – 8.5/10

Aurier made quite an impact by returning to the team. His first low-cross was turned into the net by Van Aanholt while he also picked out Son with a majestic effort as the South Korean scored our third.

Toby Alderweireld – 8.5/10

This was possibly Alderweireld’s best performance of the season as his passing was on point and wasn’t really troubled by the Palace attack.

Jan Vertonghen – 8/10

The Belgian also had a relatively quiet game and did a decent job alongside Alderweireld.

Danny Rose – 7.5/10

The Englishman was up against Wilfried Zaha several times but did well to keep the Ivorian in check.

Moussa Sissoko – 7/10

It was the usual Sissoko performance as the Frenchman ran his socks off and put the Palace midfield under pressure.

Harry Winks – 7/10

Winks too was his normal self as he had a few chances to score but couldn’t get the better of the Palace keeper.

Erik Lamela – 8.5/10

The Argentine has been one of the bright spots in the team this season and scored the fourth goal of the game. Lamela should have had another goal in the game but this was another positive display from the attacker.

Christian Eriksen – 7.5/10

Eriksen didn’t really put up a fantastic performance against the Eagles but had his moments with some nice passes.

Son Heung-min – 9/10

Son was at his best and his second goal was fantastic as he lashed in Aurier’s cross to make it 3-0. The South Korean also had chances to score his hat-trick but he should build his season on this performance.

Harry Kane – 8/10

Kane might not have scored but he played a part in some of the goals. He created the one that Lamela scored and had a few pops at goal too.


Tanguy Ndombele – 6/10

Came on in the second half but couldn’t do much.

Ben Davies – 6/10

Replaced Rose and played out the final 15 minutes or so.

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Lucas Moura – N/A

Came on late in the game to freshen things up.


Transfer news: Varying reports from Spain highlight Real Madrid’s stance on Tottenham superstar



Varying reports from Spain highlight Real Madrid’s stance on Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen is out of a contract at the end of the season, and Real Madrid seem interested in the Dane.

The midfielder spoke about his desire to play for Los Galacticos before the start of the season but remained at Tottenham. Real seem keen on the 27-year-old but varying reports highlight what their plans are for the Dane.

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Christian Eriksen after his miss against Colchester in the Carabao Cup

El Desmarque (h/t BBC) claim that Real will offer Isco and Mariano Diaz in hopes of landing Eriksen.

Isco has struggled for regular game time this season and seems to have lost some form, but he is still one of the best in the league. While Diaz could provide some cover for Harry Kane and hasn’t featured for the Spanish giants this season.

That would be a decent deal for Spurs given that Eriksen is a free agent at the end of the season. However, AS (h/t BBC) reports that Real have to sell some fringe players before moving for the Dane.

Getting a swap deal done would be great for Spurs

Tottenham might not get a lot of money from Eriksen’s January sale given that he is a free agent soon.

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen is a free agent in the summer

A swap deal would be great, however, the players might take time to adjust to our plans.

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It will be interesting to see what happens to the Dane, however, we don’t have all the negotiating power given that Eriksen can leave for free at the end of the season.

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Good news as Tottenham are uninterested in sacking Pochettino despite poor start to the season



Tottenham are unwilling to sack Mauricio Pochettino despite poor start to season

Mauricio Pochettino has seen Tottenham struggle this season in all competitions. We have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup and have just one point from the opening two Champions League group games.

Our Premier League campaign has been below par and we needed a late Dele Alli goal to salvage a point against Watford at the weekend.

Dele Alli
Dele Alli with Paulo Gazzaniga after the 1-1 draw against Watford

The Argentine acknowledged that he is under pressure and hinted that he could lose his job too (h/t Express):

“If we don’t improve our performances and results, what is going to be the result? It’s always the same in football.”

However, the Express claims that Tottenham have no desire to fire the Argentine after he improved the side.

Pochettino has made us regulars in the Champions League and we reached the final of the competition last campaign. Spurs also handed the manager a five-year deal in 2018 and he is one of the best in the game too.

The right decision for now by Spurs

Sacking Poch now makes no sense given the amount of work he has done with the club and turning us into a quality side.

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Mauricio Pochettino during the 1-1 draw against Watford

This is his first set of poor results since Pochettino’s arrival, and he has the ability to turn things around. Some of our stars can leave for free in the summer while others have missed parts of the season due to injury.

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It will be interesting to see how we perform in the coming weeks, with trips to Anfield and Goodison awaiting us.

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Tottenham could see summer signing against Red Star after two months absence due to injury



Giovani Lo Celso could feature against Red Star Belgrade

Tottenham could see the return of Giovani Lo Celso against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League, according to Sky Sports.

The summer signing made a few substitute appearances this season before a hip injury took him out of the side.

The 23-year-old hasn’t played since the previous international break, but his return could be timely for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso is yet to start for Tottenham since joining in the summer

Tottenham have one point from their opening two Champions League games and have to beat Red Star to kick-start their campaign.

Spurs have looked off-colour this season but Lo Celso’s return could get the team going again. The 23-year-old was impressive for Real Betis last campaign and is seen as a long-term replacement for Christian Eriksen (h/t Sky Sports).

The youngster scored 14 goals and provided 5 assists for Betis last season and even played in the Copa America for Argentina.

Sessegnon not close to making debut

The other summer signing yet to start for us, Ryan Sessegnon, is still not ready for his debut (h/t Sky Sports).

Ryan Sessegnon
Ryan Sessegnon hasn’t played for Tottenham since joining from Fulham

The former Fulham star injured his hamstring for England’s youth team and might need a run in the U23s before getting first-team action (h/t Sky Sports).

A further delay will be frustrating for Sessegnon, who was one of the most talented players in the Championship.

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His time with Fulham in the Premier League didn’t go too well, with the Cottagers getting relegated. Hopefully, he recovers from his problem soon and we get to see him in action.

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“We’ve been working hard” – Tottenham star laughs off claims that players are being trained too much



Harry Kane laughs off speculation that Tottenham’s stars are being trained too hard

Tottenham face a must-win game against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday. Spurs have just one point from their opening two group games, and things haven’t been that great for us in the Premier League either.

We fought hard to draw against Watford on Saturday after coming back from a goal down but Harry Kane was in a positive state of mind ahead of the midweek clash.

The Englishman wanted the team to stick together and believed that a win over Red Star could kick-start the season.

Dele Alli
Dele Alli with Paulo Gazzaniga after the 1-1 draw against Watford

The England captain was also asked if the players were being trained a little too hard, but Kane just laughed off the matter (h/t

“(Laughs) There’s going to be speculation when things aren’t going well. We’ve been working hard since the manager came here and it would be wrong for us to do more or less than we’ve always done.”

The forward added that this was the “toughest time” for him at the club but claimed this was just a part of the journey:

“It’s just another challenge though. The road to success will always have bumps and this is just one of them.”

Kane needs to fire against Red Star

The English forward is one of the best in the world but needs to do better in front of goal.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane celebrates after scoring for Spurs

Kane didn’t score in the previous game and it will be interesting to see how he does against the Serbians.

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The 25-year-old hasn’t scored in the last two games for us, but that could change if he starts on Tuesday.

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