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Stats: Tottenham's top five players - Paulinho and Vertonghen, in or out?

As the end of the season approaches, we take a look at the five players Opta stats say have been Tottenham Hotspur's best this season.

It has been a rollercoaster season for Spurs, which looks likely to inevitably finish in sixth position.

Although, the money spent in the summer was supposed to push them further on up the league, and even help them compete for the title, I don't believe it's anywhere near as bad as some journalist and supporters have made out.

Andre Villa-Boas was sacked on the December 16 after a high-profile loss at the hands of now league leaders Liverpool. At the time, Tottenham were below both Manchester and Newcastle United, above whom they now sit. And no team below them, at that point, has gone on to move above them.

We take a look at the five players Opta stats suggest are key to the situation at White Hart Lane not being as gloomy as some people make out.

1) Christian Eriksen - Rating: 7.23 - 39th in Premier League

  TeamGoalsGoal AssistTotal Att AssistApps
Christian Eriksen Spurs 7 8 59 22

2) Emmanuel Adebayor - Rating: 7.17 - 51st in Premier League

  TeamGoalsGoal AssistTotal Scoring AttApps
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs 10 3 42 18

3) Michael Dawson - Rating: 7.15 - 60th in Premier League

  TeamTotal ClearanceInterceptionOutfielder BlockApps
Michael Dawson Spurs 228 67 21 29

4) Mousa Dembele - Rating: 7.12 - 69th in Premier League

  TeamTotal TackleTotal ContestTotal PassAccurate PassApps
Mousa Dembélé Spurs 65 81 1,132 1,028 28

5) Kyle Walker - Rating: 7.04 - 92nd in Premier League 

  TeamInterceptionTotal PassAccurate PassApps
Kyle Walker Spurs 57 1,395 1,146 26

The results show just how out of form some of the key players at White Hart Lane have been this season, with the likes of Roberto Soldado, Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho all absent from the list.

Soldado and Erik Lamela unsurprisingly are towards the bottom of the squad list, with Soldado coming in at 22nd and Lamela 25th. Paulinho sits in 9th, Vertonghen 10th and Townsend 12th.

Kyle Walker, who is rated as 6th overall, sneaks ahead of Vlad Chiriches in 5th due to the amount of games played, otherwise the list is fairly conclusive.

Ratings taken from www.whoscored.com

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