Tottenham Hotspur player ratings from a difficult draw at Bournemouth

Tottenham Hotspur player ratings from a difficult draw at Bournemouth

How did the Spurs players fare in their draw with the Cherries?

Oliver Emmerson

Tottenham Hotspur's unbeaten run continued, but not in the way they wanted as Mauricio Pochettino's side laboured to a 0-0 draw away to AFC Bournemouth on Saturday. 

Not playing with the flow that we've seen them produce in recent weeks, Spurs were lucky not to fall behind on a number of occasions in the game, often thankful for poor finishing or good goalkeeping.

But how did the players rate individually? Let's take a look.

Goalkeeper and defence

Hugo Lloris: After a fine performance in midweek, Lloris again starred for Spurs. He was involved in the action right from the off, tipping a Charlie Daniels effort up onto the bar, and that set the tone for his afternoon as he kept another clean sheet. 7

Kyle Walker: Endured some tricky moments against Jordon Ibe as the ex-Liverpool winger kept switching flanks, but managed to keep him out. Drew the yellow card of Dan Gosling with a quick run. 6

Eric Dier: Slotting into centre-back again as Toby Alderweireld remained sidelined, Dier was solid if not spectacular in dealing with Callum Wilson, doing the simple things right at the back. 6

Jan Vertonghen: Grew into the game after a troublesome first half during which he was booked, aiding Dier in keeping out the dangerous Wislon. Looks slightly less assured without Alderweireld by his side. 6

Danny Rose: It was a slight surprise to see Rose make the side after sustaining a foot injury against Leverkusen, and Rose did look a little rusty as he dived in late on Ibe to pick up a yellow in the first half. Like, Vertonghen, he improved in the second, but missed a decent chance to trouble Artur Boruc with a weak shot. 5

Midfield and attack

Victor Wanyama: Again solid in Spurs’ midfield, of which he is now a fixture. Gave Jack Wilshere no room to breathe, much to the delight of his travelling support, and was unfortunate to have Harry Arter sting his ankle with a strong challenge. 7

Moussa Dembele: A quiet afternoon for the Belgian, who made just his second Premier League start of the season after struggling with injuries. He didn’t do too much wrong, but – playing ahead of Wanyama – failed to make the driving runs and incisive passing that he’s known for. One superb run back and tackle on Gradel in the dying minutes. 6

Erik Lamela: The Argentine certainly didn’t have a quiet afternoon, but after a decent start to the game, in which he rattled the post, he failed to make an impact. Yellow carded for a poor challenge on Adam Smith just after hitting the post, he was lucky to stay on the pitch after another poor challenge later in the half. Failed to convert on a couple of occasions in the second. 5

Dele Alli: You couldn’t fault Alli for trying, but it just wasn’t his day as he failed to make a lasting impact before being taken off for Sissoko. He seemed to be targeted by Bournemouth as a danger man, constantly closed down by multiple black and red shirts, which didn’t make his task any easier. 6

Christian Eriksen: One of Spurs’ more inventive players, Eriksen drifted in and out of the high-tempo game, his one moment of quality coming in the second half of the game, with a first touch flick through to Lamela behind the defence. Unfortunately for the Dane, his teammate couldn’t capitalise. 6

Heung-Min Son: Again pushed into a striking role as Harry Kane continues to be absence, Son wasn’t nearly as influential as he has been in previous games. Ineffective, he didn’t get the service he needs or create chances himself before being hauled off around the hour mark. 5


Vincent Janssen: Came on and made little impact, using his physicality to win a few second balls, but his search for a Premier League goal goes on. 5

Moussa Sissoko: Came on for Alli and didn’t add anything to the game. Could have been sent off for an elbow on Harry Arter, which may well be looked at by the FA in the coming week. 4

Arter goes down in pain after an elbow from Sissoko (photo: Getty Images / Mike Hewitt)
Arter goes down in pain after an elbow from Sissoko (photo: Getty Images / Mike Hewitt)