Tottenham player ratings: Kulusevski, Sessegnon and Dier superb as Spurs go top of the table

Hugo Lloris

Seemed unseen for Ward-Prowse’s early goal. as it bounced hard into the ground and into the net. He wasn’t called back into action until the 74th minute when he saved low on Aribo. 7

Cristian Romero

Always treading that thin line between brilliant and wild, but this was another day when he generally fell into the former category. 8

Eric Dier

He stooped to head home Spurs’ second goal of the day just after half an hour and his defense was on point the entire time. 9

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Ben Davies

Back after his ankle injury and fired a shot late in the second half that the keeper scrambled to push it away. Never put a foot wrong in the back. 8

Emerson Royal

Bamboo through Djenepo down the flank leading up to Saints’ opener. Snatched the ball to Kane for a chance late in the first half and had a big impact on the game in the second half. First, he forced Spurs’ third goal with a run into the penalty area and a low cross that Salisu could only cut into his own net. Then he got to the byline and grabbed an assist by picking out Kulusevski to score. He balanced that early defensive problem with his offensive forays in the second half. 8

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Float Djeneno’s cross over his head to the unmarked Ward-Prowse. Played a nice long diagonal pass in Son’s path for a first half chance and dominated many of the midfield battles he was involved in. 7

Rodrigo Bentancur

Lots of nice neat touches and calm in the middle of the field as he and Hojbjerg had a comfortable day against the Saints. 7

Ryan Sessegnon

Looked confident from the start and headed a nice header from Kulusevski’s cross to the back post to tie the scores. He calmly shot the ball into the bottom right corner within a minute of the start of the second half, but was flagged for offside. Played on the front foot the entire time and was only denied a second goal by a well-timed Walker-Peters tackle in the Saints box. He also defended well on the other side and didn’t want to be replaced by Perisic after 66 minutes. 9

Dejan Kulusevskic

Grabbed his first assist of the season, cut in from the right before launching a perfect flying ball for Sessegnon to take home the far post. It was another great performance from the Swede, and he added a usual goal-scoring left-footed curler to his collection of Emerson’s pullback. 9

Harry Kane

He didn’t see much of the ball in the first half, but he forced the keeper into a late save before half time after a good run across the six-metre penalty area followed by a shot as he fell. A quieter day by his standards and at the end he got some cramping as he continued to improve his fitness. 7

Son Heung-min

Showed some nice touches in the first half and got a chance saved by Bazuna. From that angle the ball came back to the Spurs man and he hit a dangerously low cross that headed in Dier. Went before half time with a ringing run before going over the bar. Quieter in the second half, but he was still a threat to half-time. 8


Ivan Perisic

Came through the last 24 minutes and was solid on the left without producing the same threat as Sessegnon on this occasion. 6

Lucas Moura

Came up in the final minutes of the group of four substitutes and showed his signature energy. N/A

Yves Bissouma

Picked up a yellow card for his first involvement, a mistimed tackle and sent a late shot wide in added time. N/A

Clemens Lenglet

Made one good block from a cross in the Spurs box in those last minutes he was on. N/A

Matt Doherty

I didn’t see much of the ball in his little late cameo. N/A


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