A poor day overall contributes to one of my more sombre Player Ratings. Disastrous VAR, poor football and an injury to Gomes make for a very, very bad day at the office.
VAR – Bin
Jordan Pickford – 6
Other than the Dele Alli opener, Spurs threatened the goals on very few occasions meaning Pickford was seldom called into action. With only one shot on target other than the goal itself, Jordan really had very little to do. However, his distribution was consistently brilliant as we have come to expect with a number of brilliant passes that sparked our attack into life at times.
Djibril Sidibe – 6
I was very torn between a 6 or a 7 for Sidibe as he was probably one of our most threatening players on the day, but his persistent refusal to put in a cross or perhaps an inability to put quality crosses in made our attack very stop-start at times. If Djibril can combine his athleticism and work rate with quality balls into the box, he could be a ‘first name on the team sheet’ kind of player as Digne became last season.
Yerry Mina – 7
Our Colombian really is brilliant isn’t he. Yerry has cemented himself as our best centre-half (albeit only being out of a potential 3) and put in another good performance at the back. If he could start converting from attacking set-pieces more, his all-round game would become seriously exceptional.
Mason Holgate – 7
At times, Mason has probably given fans some nerves but managed to bench Keane today as he continues a decent run of form. His defensive positional play has seriously improved in most cases although he could have arguably done better for the Alli goal. Another pleasing performance for Holgate in combination with Mina and long may it continue!
Lucas Digne – 6
Where would we be without Lucas Digne’s goal contributions? A brilliant first time cross but it on a plate for Tosun to head home and give us our equaliser. However, his overall game has to improve back to the level of last season meaning more consistent set-pieces and defensive contribution.
Fabian Delph – 6
We were screaming out for a 4-3-3 and we definitely all thought that we had it when the team sheet was announced, but the reality was slightly different. Silva opted for a 4-1-4-1 with Delph being the deepest midfielder but he seemingly failed to grip a hold of the game and at times didn’t provide the cover needed as a traditional defensive midfielder is expected to provide.
It would seem somewhat disrespectful of me to rate Gomes after such a horror injury that could spell out a lengthy time on the sidelines. Before this however, Gomes was a serious threat with his range of passing and will be a big miss going forwards.
My thoughts go out to Andre and I wish him a speedy recovery.
Tom Davies – 7
The mobility and drive forwards that Davies brings to the team was certainly a breath of fresh air and will be crucial going forwards. His ability to pick up the ball from a defensive position and carry the team into the attacking phrase is seriously impressive and don’t even get me started on that pass that he played through to Walcott to form a chance out of nothing.
Theo Walcott – 5
Theo had a decent game last time out when coming on as a substitute against Watford, which by the law means that yesterday was bound to be an off day. It seems that he has never truly managed to master the art of the ‘final product’ and has to do much better on a consistent basis if he is to cement a place in the starting 11.
Richarlison – 7
A good performance from Richarlison even if he didn’t get his goal. His work in and around the box has improved so his ability to create chances for himself from central positions is contributing well to the team’s attack. A couple of half-chances signal very positive signs for him in the central striker position.
Alex Iwobi – 4
A poor, poor day for Iwobi. Constantly poor in possession when switched back out onto the left wing and a loose pass contributed to the build-up for Dele’s goal. Easily our worst performer today and has to improve his one-on-one play and chance creation when playing on the left-hand side.
Cenk Tosun – 7
Cenk has certainly proven himself to be one of our most model professionals. He doesn’t always get the opportunities but when he does he keeps his head up and continues to contribute to the team. A brilliant header rescued a point deep into added time.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – n/a
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – n/a