Spurs player ratings v Sunderland: Stambouli superb, Townsend a game changer?

Here's how Tottenham Hotspur's stars rated during their 2-1 win over Sunderland at White Hart Lane.

Hugo Lloris - 7/10

It seems Tottenham can't go a game without an important Lloris save and the Frenchman duly provided one late on.

Danny Rose - 7/10

Much-criticised by Spurs fans after the game but this was one of the left-back's better performances this season. Yes, his final ball was lacking - but he was constantly roving up and down to make things happen. Rose was full of energy and was involved in most of the north London side's attacks.

Eric Dier - 8/10

The 21-year-old was superb at centre-back - especially for someone so young and inexperienced. It seems Dier is a different animal in his preferred position, as you would expect.

Jan Vertonghen - 6/10

The opposite to Rose, Vertonghen has been widely praised by Tottenham fans for his Sunderland performance. The Belgian opened the scoring and had a last-minute goal wrongly disallowed for offside. Vertonghen, however, committed the most basic and unnecessary of fouls on Jermain Defoe in the build-up to Sunderland's equaliser. His job is to defend...

Kyle Walker - 6/10

Like the man on the opposite flank to him, Walker was guilty of several poor deliveries. However, the right-back offered less in the build-up to chances and lacked intensity. One strength of his, though, was his strength in the tackle - especially against former team-mate Defoe.

Benjamin Stambouli - 8/10

Tottenham still have problems influencing games from midfield without Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb but Stambouli was superb today in a defensive sense. The Frenchman delivered his second encouraging performance of the week and was solid as a rock, winning seven tackles against Sunderland (a season-high for any Tottenham player).

Mousa Dembele - 6.5/10

A much-improved performance from the 27-year-old but he needs to offer more should he retain his place in the Spurs side when Mauricio Pochettino has a full set of options to choose from.

Nacer Chadli - 6.5/10

A quieter game from the Belgian, who was always there or thereabouts but never quite producing any magic against Sunderland.

Christian Eriksen - 8/10

Actually gave the ball away quite needlessly at times but was, on the whole, superb. And how many points have Eriksen's late winners now single-handedly gained for Tottenham!?

Roberto Soldado - 5/10

Another disappointing display from the Spaniard. It is tiring saying the same thing every week but, yet again, it has to be said. Soldado is great at pressing and working hard during the build-up to chances but offers absolutely nothing that a striker should. A move back to Spain would be best for him - look what it's done for Fernando Torres.

Harry Kane - 6.5/10

The 21-year-old will be disappointed not to have affected the game as much as has been usual of late but Kane still fired several stinging shots at Costel Pantilimon and, as always, tried his very hardest.


Emmanuel Adebayor - 5/10

Apparently, Adebayor came on with half an hour left. There was very little evidence to support that statement, however...

Andros Townsend - 7/10

Townsend's biggest criticisms have related to his decision-making and terrible delivery. Today, he was on hand to tee up Christian Eriksen for the winner. That's all a winger needs to do and he effectively changed the game with his pace and ability to stretch the defence after coming on.

Paulinho was also introduced in the 88th minute.

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