Spurs player ratings v Aston Villa: Adebayor, Kaboul & Capoue all struggle - badly

Emmanuel Adebayor

Harry Kane was Tottenham Hotspur's saviour as Mauricio Pochettino's side - somehow - beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Hugo Lloris - 6.5/10

The Frenchman was never the centre of attention against Villa, as Paul Lambert's side didn't actually threaten too much apart from the goal, despite a strong all-round performance. The goal itself was something Lloris couldn't do anything about.

Kyle Naughton - 6/10

The subject of some criticism from fans, Naughton was far from Tottenham's worst defender today and also won the corner for his side's first goal.

Younes Kaboul - 4.5/10

The centre-back has struggled significantly over the last few weeks and today was no different. Will Mauricio Pochettino be brave enough to drop his captain?

Jan Vertonghen - 6/10

Many Aston Villa supporters felt the Belgian should have been sent off for a dangerous tackle but, like Naughton, Vertonghen was made to look better by how bad some of his team-mates were.

Danny Rose - 5/10

Rose was praised for his adventure going forward last week against Newcastle but was still found wanting in defence. Today, he was found wanting everywhere. For the goal, in particular, he was absolutely nowhere.

Christian Eriksen - 6/10

Not his best performance but the Dane can feel hard done by after being taken off at half-time.

Etienne Capoue - 4/10

Another Spurs player to really struggle today, Capoue's passing was all over the place at Aston Villa.

Ryan Mason - 7/10

One of his side's hardest workers, Mason is perhaps benefiting from having more to prove than his team-mates thanks to a lesser reputation. In the last few weeks, the 23-year-old has easily been one of Tottenham's best players.

Nacer Chadli - 6.5/10

Chadli was ineffective throughout the first hour but grew into the game in the second half and, at the end of the day, it was he that grabbed Spurs' equaliser. Where would they have been without his strike?

Emmanuel Adebayor - 3/10

Why on earth is the Togolese forward starting ahead of Harry Kane? Pochettino certainly has questions to answer on that front, as Adebayor was simply woeful in the final third.

Roberto Soldado - 5/10

The Spaniard has been praised for his work-rate and link-up play in the past but, if goals aren't scored, what is Soldado's job exactly as a striker? Neither he nor Adebayor threatened at all today.

Substitutes

Erik Lamela - 7/10

Probably should have started, just like Kane, and looked bright after coming on in the second half. Spurs did more with him than without and that's what it comes down to at the end of the day, while the Argentine also took the corner for Chadli's goal.

Andros Townsend - 7/10

Like Lamela, looked bright and won the free kick that settled the game.

Harry Kane - 7/10

The only Tottenham striker who looked hungry enough to actually do something in front of goal. The 21-year-old got lucky with a deflection on his free kick but at least it was going to be a shot on target anyway - and it won his side the match. Had Kane started, he would no doubt have done better than Adebayor & Soldado and would likely have scored at least once before half-time.

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