Two Spurs stars who proved a point against City, two who disappointed

Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-0 to Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. Who stood out?


Erik Lamela

The Argentine still doesn't look like the final product but has started to finally show signs of life for Tottenham. Against a Manchester City side there for the taking, Lamela didn't score or register an assist - but he was the north London side's busiest presence going forward nonetheless. He had a good game.

Crucially, meanwhile, he is edging Andros Townsend further and further away from the Tottenham first team. Perhaps Lamela has realised a little bit of effort goes a long way - as it really doesn't take much at all to outshine the 23-year-old?

Eric Dier

Despite missing a big chance in the air, another young gun also shone for Spurs against City. Dier has played some of his best football in his natural centre-back position this season.

Here, however, the 21-year-old was out wide right - but he still showed what he could do v the Premier League champions. Like the rest of Mauricio Pochettino's young side, it's about taking your chances and turning good into great for Dier. But he still impressed here.


Ryan Mason

This was an off-day for Mason, though, whose miss was worse when he was one-on-one with Joe Hart, while he was also at fault for Manchester City's winner.

The 23-year-old is receiving growing criticism from Tottenham fans these days. What exactly does he offer Pochettino at present except a lot of running?

Christian Eriksen

Like Mason, the Dane also disappointed against City. The midfield duo have carved out a reputation for themselves as difference makers at Spurs - Eriksen more so, of course.

But neither has made a difference for the better in recent weeks and Eriksen looks in need of a rest. His early-season verve and energy has disappeared. Maybe he's just waiting to get this campaign over with and go again next term.

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