Spurs player ratings from Sydney win: Bentaleb shines, Yedlin improving

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur beat Sydney FC 1-0 in a post-season friendly on Saturday. Here's how their players rated.

Hugo Lloris 6/10 - The Frenchman had little to deal with until Alex Brosque was gifted possession in the danger area, with the midfielder beating Lloris but finding Vertonghen on the line.

DeAndre Yedlin 6.5/10 - Looked good coming forward, and also used his pace to cover at the back. Played a sloppy ball that left Sydney one-on-one, only for Vertonghen to clear from the line, but he didn't do much else wrong during the match. Deserves a chance in the Premier League next year.

Benjamin Stambouli 6.5/10 - Didn’t look out of sorts in central defence, with his committed harrying of the opposition put to good effect a little deeper than usual.

Jan Vertonghen 7/10 - Displayed his class and composure throughout the first half. Played one super through ball to Bentaleb. Cleared off the line after Yedlin’s error. If only he could play at this level consistently in the Premier League.

Nabil Bentaleb 7.5/10 - Managed to get forward more at left back than he normally does in central midfield during the first half, and has the calmness and quality on the ball to play most positions. After the break, he was bossing his usual central midfield area, impressive in both the tackle and his passing.

Ryan Mason 6/10 - Busy as usual in central midfield without managing to star.

Mousa Dembele 6.5/10 - Struggled to get in the game initially, but was more involved as the first half wore on. Displayed some neat control.

Christian Eriksen 6.5/10 - Drifted from the left hand side in order to find the ball, blazed over when the ball fell to him but was on target with another effort before half time. Great pass to set Lamela up for Kane’s goal.

Andros Townsend 6.5/10 - Offered a threat down the right early on, though did put one woeful effort high and wide. Improved a little after moving to the left but would have liked to get a goal or assist.

Erik Lamela 6.5/10 - Highlight of his first half was another Rabona attempt with the Sydney goalkeeper off his line, and he had several efforts on goal. Provided a simple pass for Kane’s goal, and some of his ball control was superb.

Harry Kane 7.5/10 - Was again the attacking fulcrum, forcing Ivan Necevski into a couple of saves in the opening period. Fluffed one great chance before firing low past the keeper for the opener - a classic Kane strike. His link up play and aerial work was outstanding, and he almost scored a second after another goal bound shot was cleared off the line.

Substitutions:

Michel Vorm (45’ Lloris) 6/10 - Got his hands on an early shot in the second half from Ibini, but had few other concerns.

Eric Dier (45’ Vertonghen) 6/10 - Slotted in alongside Stambouli in central defence and did well enough.

Kyle Walker-Peters (45’ Eriksen) 6/10 - Had a tougher game against Sydney than he experienced in Malaysia, with the Australian side pushing forward early in the second half.

Nacer Chadli (45’ Dembele) 6.5/10 - Made a great run past two or three players after arriving at the break, and was a danger for the rest of the half.

Tom Carroll (61’ Lamela) 6.5/10 - Took part in a superb move linking up with Winks where he flicked the ball around the Sydney defender before cutting it back to the six-yard box. Displayed his passing range.

Grant Ward (61’ Townsend) 6/10 - Didn’t have as big an impact as the other young players that came on, though did have a shot after cutting in from the left.

Harry Winks (61’ Mason) 6.5/10 - Linked up well with Bentaleb in a break forward, going down in what looked like a possible penalty. Played a great one-two with Carroll.

Josh Onomah (84’ Mason) N/A - A late substitute for matchwinner Kane.

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