Tottenham Hotspur played like it was a meaningless friendly and got results to match, with no players stepping up, as our player ratings show.
After six days to prepare following a costly Boxing Day draw, Tottenham Hotspur played as they partied too hard on New Year’s eve, producing a pathetic performance against beatable Aston Villa. Although Spurs dominated possession, creating something from that ball dominance was a different story, with Tottenham managing just six shots – only two on the frame – opposed to Villa’s dozen attempts, with only 40% of possession (whoscored.com).
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Spurs played with their usual three-man attacking formation. However, Dejan Kulusevski had a muscle injury, leaving Tottenham short-handed from the off.
Heung-min Son – 4
It was another poor performance for our South Korean superstar as Heung-min Son found no room to operate against Villa. There were only two or three instances in the match where Sonny found himself running with the ball in front of him, which was not enough. Playing hold-up football is not Son’s game, as we continue to see.
Harry Kane – 3
Harry Kane had one or two moments in the match, like when he had his one-headed shot on target, which Ashley Young headed off the line. However, beyond that chance, it was as invisible a performance for Kane as you will ever see. Kane didn’t get his first touch until nearly 20 minutes into the match. And although he was struggling to find the ball, we did not see Kane drop deep into the midfield much; instead, he was an isolated figure most of the game.
Bryan Gil – 3
Although Deki was out, the good news for fans was the first Premier League start for Bryan Gil. Unfortunately, everyone saw why Gil hadn’t been playing, as he could not match the physicality of Villa and was dispossessed more often than not. Gil did seem willing to pressure defensively, but it is hard to press alone.