Tottenham Hotspur player ratings after 4-1 cruise past Southampton: Top man 8/10

Tottenham's Dele Alli celebrates scoring their first goal with Harry Kane

Despite going a goal down in the first minute, Tottenham claimed all three Premier League points with a 4-1 victory over Southampton. Here's how Spurs' players rated...

GK: Hugo Lloris (6/10) - The Tottenham Hotspur captain could do very little to keep Virgil Van Dijk's headed goal from flying past him after just 69 seconds. After the opening goal, Lloris was his usual unflappable self behind Spurs' back line, demonstrating confidence with the ball at his feet and when claiming with his hands - until a final ten minutes in which Lloris carelessly gifted Southampton with two possible chances at goal.

Tottenham's Hugo Lloris celebrates their first goal

RB: Kyle Walker (7/10) - The England international was not at his bombarding best against the 11 men of Southampton - perhaps due to the threats posed by Ryan Bertrand and the tricky Sofiane Boufal on Southampton's left flank - but grew into the game once Redmond was dismissed. Walker was booked for a foul on Bertrand, meaning that Spurs' right back will miss their next match due to suspension.

Tottenham's Dele Alli celebrates scoring their first goal with Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele and Kyle Walker

CB: Eric Dier (6.5/10) - Regularly offered an outlet from defence, Dier found himself the origin of many Spurs moves from the back. Dier's distribution varied in quality and is certainly a facet of his game that can be improved. Defensively, Dier won many an aerial battle with Jay Rodriguez and paired well with Jan Vertonghen at the heart of Spurs' back four. 

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen in action with Southampton's Jay Rodriguez

CB: Jan Vertonghen (6/10) - Disappointing defending for the game’s opener, where the Belgium international was out jumped by Southampton's scorer Virgil Van Dijk. However, Vertonghen appeared a lot more confident and composed as Spurs dominated large parts of the encounter. 

Tottenham's Danny Rose in action with Southampton's Cedric Soares

LB: Danny Rose (7/10) – Denied Nathan Redmond with an outstanding covering challenge on 17 minutes, to prevent Spurs from going 2-0 down, and was involved in a captivating duel with the Southampton winger throughout the 60 minutes that Redmond lasted - before Southampton's number 22 was dismissed as part of the penalty concession. 

Southampton's James Ward-Prowse in action with Tottenham's Victor Wanyama

CM: Victor Wanyama (7.5/10) – Forged a fantastic shooting chance for himself just before the break, but Wanyama’s was denied what would have been an excellent goal by some stoic Southampton defending. The former Saint grew into the game after his team went 1-0 down, and alongside Dembele was able to get the better of the home side's midfield trio with a dominant showing.

Southampton's Nathan Redmond in action with Tottenham's Mousa Dembele

CM: Mousa Dembele (7/10) – Was cautioned for a tussle with Southampton’s Redmond after 14 minutes, which seemed to curtail Dembele’s combative contributions to the midfield engine room. Effectively efficient with the ball, Dembele helped dictate the tempo of the game, particularly once Southampton went down to ten men. Replaced for the closing stages by Harry Winks.

Tottenham's Son Heung-min scores their third goal

AM: Moussa Sissoko (6.5/10) - The big-money summer signing took his time to settle into the pace of the game, but once acclimatised, Sissoko showed how important his power and vision can be. Sissoko's assist that led to the penalty decision was a well timed threaded pass through to man-of-the-match Dele Alli. Sissoko was replaced by the scorer of Spurs' third goal, Son Heung-Min, after 73 minutes.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen hits the bar

AM: Christian Eriksen (8/10) – The Denmark international had a good chance to give Spurs the lead after half-an-hour, but under little pressure sent his shot flying well over the frame of the goal from the edge of the penalty area. Eriksen was a constant menace for Southampton's defenders - and came even closer to scoring in the second half, but his thunderous shot rebounded off the cross-bar.

Tottenham's Dele Alli scores their first goal

AM: Dele Alli (8/10) – The 20-year-old scored Spurs’ equaliser on 19 minutes, his second in two games against Southampton, with an impressive leap and headed finish.

Tottenham's Dele Alli celebrates scoring their first goal

Alli was brought down by Redmond for a second half penalty - which was drastically missed by Harry Kane. The young midfield star hustled and bustled his way through the match and capped a lively performance by passing Spurs' fourth goal past Fraser Forster with minutes remaining.

Tottenham's Harry Kane misses a penalty

FW: Harry Kane (7.5/10) – The forward's superb headed goal after 50 minutes made the score 2-1 to Spurs. It was also Kane's 18th goal in his last 21 away matches. Aside from the goal, and notwithstanding the awful penalty miss just before the hour mark, Kane led the front line well and also proved to be an asset when defending Southampton's set-pieces. 

Tottenham's Harry Kane scores their second goal

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