Tottenham player ratings: German brilliance key to win

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Tottenham Hotspur disposed of Russian Club Anzhi 4-1 at home in the Europa League.

We take a look at who impressed, and who didn't.

Friedel - 7

The experienced American goalkeeper was called upon a few times by Anzhi but stood up to the task. He couldn't have done anything about the goal and was unlucky not to come away with a clean sheet.

Rose - 6

Young England left back Danny Rose was back from injury and played 45 minutes, in an experiment to ease him back into first team duties at White Hart Lane. He linked up well with Townsend down the wing, and was unlucky to just see half the match.

Fryers - 6

21-year-old defender Ezekiel Fryers had a quiet game and was mainly responsible for distribution from the back, which he did superbly. He put in a respectable and experienced performance, and wasn't overwhelmed by the challenge in front of him.

Capoue - 7

The 25-year-old Frenchman was the pick of the defence, and in the process made a superbly timed challenge to null a Anzhi attack that looked dangerous. Quality assured, and classy on the ball. Good performance.

Naughton - 6

I thought the 25-year-old full back should have imposed himself on the game a bit more than he did. I felt that the game was a perfect stage for the player to really give the manager something to think about, yet offered very little - despite there being opportunities to impose himself. Overall not a bad performance, just disappointing he didn't make more of it.

Holtby - 8 - MOTM

My Man of the Match was Lewis Holtby, who I thought put an incredibly busy performance in and was generally the man that made Tottenham click. The midfielder's passing qualities would have left many of the world's best in awe and the goal he scored was simply sublime.

Dembele - 7

The Belgian international put in a well-worked performance and with Holtby was very much the driving force of Tottenham's midfield. The midfielder has been in-and-out of the Spurs first-team recently, but there can be no doubt behind the players ability, especially on nights like this.

Townsend - 8

Unfortunate to miss out on my MOTM award (I'm sure he will be gutted) the England winger was an ever-present threat to the Anzhi defence, whether it was on the left or right - they just struggled to deal with him. Great assist for the Holtby goal, and was nearly always somewhere in the build up play for all the goals. He looks more-and-more like the part.

Sigurdsson - 7

Brilliant free-kick in the first half to allow Soldado to open the scoring, and was constantly worrying the defence in and around the area. I was hoping for a little bit more from him, and I don't think he has perhaps wowed enough to cement his place - but certainly a good performance.

Lamela - 6

Chelsea legend Tony Dorigo was left questioning the former Roma star at half-time, but I feel that he was perhaps viewed harshly. A good assist for the Soldado's goal and he put in a work-man like performance. Perhaps, like Sigurdsson, it wasn't enough to grab headlines - but, there can definitely be no complaints.

Soldado - 7

A hat-trick scored, from two very intelligent pieces of play and another from a well struck penalty. I don't think the overall performance will be enough for Spurs fans to start raving about their big signing - but the goals will certainly help.

Subs:

Fredericks - 7

The 21-year-old came on for Danny Rose and put in a very good shift, and even won the penalty for Soldado to complete his hat-trick. There was a certain buzz of expectation when the 21-year-old took the field and he didn't fail. It looks like Spurs have another star in the making, good news for them and England.

Eriksen - 6

The Danish midfielder gave a professional performance once he took to the field, in a high energy role that saw him impose himself, but couldn't make more of it. He will perhaps be in contention for the game against Liverpool but it is good for Spurs simply to see him back.

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