Tottenham player ratings vs Sheriff

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Spurs beat Sheriff 2-1 in the Europa League at White Hart Lane; here is how the players fared.

Goals from Jermain Defoe and Erik Lamela were enough to see Tottenham through to the knockout stages of the Europa League, after a 2-1 win over Sheriff.

The side was changed heavily from the team that drew at Everton, with some players throwing their hands up for Premier League inclusion this weekend.

Tottenham Player Ratings

Brad Friedel – 5/10

Culpable for Sheriff’s goal, the American is a solid option as a back-up but does not instill the same amount of confidence that Hugo Lloris brings.

Became the oldest player to every feature in the Europa League, and will have to wait for the cup competitions for a sniff of action for the rest of the season.

Kyle Walker – 7/10

Always willing to accept the ball into feet, the attacking full-back showed again that he can be an additional weapon when going forward for Spurs.

Rarely tested going the other way, and put in a solid all-round showing.

Jan Vertonghen – 7/10

Once more proved that centre-half is his best position, and looked relatively assured alongside Kaboul.

If Spurs can sign a left-back in January, Vertonghen will move back to being a key feature in the heart of the side’s defence

Younes Kaboul – 7/10

Good for the returning Frenchman to get 90 minutes under his belt, and looked like he is back fit and ready to play regularly.

Had a few questionable moments but made up for them, Kaboul needs regular game time now to get back to his best.

Kyle Naughton – 6/10

Put in a solid performance without ever overly impressing. Naughton is a contender for the left-back position in the future for Spurs, but whether he is ready to command it at the moment remains to be seen.

Etienne Capoue – 7/10

His presence on the pitch after injury should be a welcome sight for all Tottenham fans, and Capoue displayed his physical attributes once more.

Replaced after an hour following an industrious display, but a good showing in his return from injury.

Mousa Dembele – 6/10

Kept possession well without ever really creating anything, Dembele is also guilty of overcomplicating things in his own half by dribbling and looking to beat players.

A solid-enough showing from the Belgian, but the Spurs faithful know he is capable of more.

Erik Lamela – 8/10

Given his chance to impress and took it with aplomb. Was eager to get on the ball and looked to link up with the likes of Eriksen.

His individual skill and technical ability played a role in both goals, and he finally looked like he was getting to grips with life at White Hart Lane.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 6/10

A relatively quiet evening for the Iceland international, Sigurdsson didn’t get overly involved in the play.

His customary runs in-field to support the lone striker were few and far between, but he kept the ball well when given the chance.

Christian Eriksen – 7/10

The Denmark international showed glimpses of what he is capable of, but was guilty of giving the ball away on occasions.

His showing after the interval improved, and he almost scored a long-range wondergoal.

Jermain Defoe – 6/10

Despite breaking Martin Chivers’ European record, Defoe looked slightly off the pace and failed to put a performance that suggest he is worthy of a regular starting place.

Still got his goal though, but could have had at least one more.

Substitutes

Paulinho – 7/10

Is a key player to Tottenham and proved as much with his box-to-box play after inclusion on 58 minutes. His attacking threat in particular was again apparent.

Lewis Holtby – 6/10

Given the last ten minutes after replacing Eriksen, he showed a few nice touches but didn’t have long enough to influence proceedings significantly.

Harry Kane – 6/10

Replaced Sigurdsson on 69 minutes and will benefit from time on the pitch with the Spurs first-team once more. He tried his best to get involved, but did not see much of the ball.

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