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Rating the Tottenham Hotspur Players Against Swansea City

Thomas CooperFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2012

Rating the Tottenham Hotspur Players Against Swansea City

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    Tottenham Hotspur continued their recently improved home form with a 1-0 defeat of Swansea City on Sunday.

    Coming after the disappointment of the Everton loss, the win made the most of results elsewhere to push Andre Villas-Boas' men back into fourth place in Premier League standings.

    Though hardly one of their most demanding opponents this season, Swansea did frustrate Tottenham for long periods of the game.

    Rather than force the issue, Spurs were patient as they looked to find a way through to Gerhard Tremmel's goal.

    Jan Vertonghen eventually did, and though it will not go down as a vintage attacking display, there was plenty to admire.

    Looking now at how they fared individually, here are the player ratings...

     

    NOTE: All ratings are out of 10.

Goalkeeper and Defense

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    Goalkeeper

    Hugo Lloris (6)

    A reasonably quiet day for Lloris, with Swansea managing zero shots on target. On those rare occasions the Frenchman was called upon, he was up to the task at hand and quickly denied the Swans a real look on goal.

     

    Defense

    Kyle Naughton (6)

    Naughton came in at his weaker position of left-back and fortunately had little threat of note to contend with. Still, he was tidy enough and broke forward nicely on occasion.

     

    Jan Vertonghen (7.5)

    The Belgian's quick reaction and subsequent finish to Kyle Walker's deflected free kick was a measure of his quality and another sign of his comfort in different positions Spurs will hope to see more of.  

    Vertonghen, moved into central defense for the afternoon, quietly played his part nullifying the scant Swansea attacking threat.

     

    William Gallas (6)

    Gallas won't have had as many days as quiet as this. He was alive and alert to Swansea's occasional forays forward and kept his head during their late push for an equalizer. With the Swans sitting deep he was able to bring the ball forward, calmly and capably initiating attacks.

     

    Kyle Walker (6.5)

    Without having too much to contend with defensively, Walker was allowed the opportunity to push frequently. A stinging long-range effort that nearly had the beating of Tremmel was the highlight of these runs.

    If little else of note came from Swans, his speed coming forward was welcome in the absence of Gareth Bale.

Midfield

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    Midfield

    Clint Dempsey (5.5)

    It was a reserved outing for Dempsey, following more influential displays in recent weeks. Moved out wide to accommodate Emmanuel Adebayor, he subsequently remained on the periphery for much of the game but used the ball decently enough when it came his way.

     

    Sandro (8)

    It was not Swansea's objective to take the game to Spurs, but their attempts to do so were often stifled by the authoritative Sandro. On occasion he managed to break up their attacks in their own half, and when they did get out of there, he often hassled them off the ball soon enough. 

     

    Moussa Dembele (8)

    The benefits of having Dembele in the Tottenham team have been there to see since his return from injury. His ability to run at opposition players helped compensate for Bale's absence, but his contributions are far more well-rounded than just that.

    Dembele is quickly becoming the beating heart of this side, and even though ultimately he was not especially damaging to Swansea, he set the tone for so much of what was good about Spurs.

     

    Aaron Lennon (6.5)

    There were some thrilling runs from Lennon on an afternoon when he was Spurs' main wing threat. He will have more productive games than this, but he kept Swansea on their toes, and it was in his combinations with his forwards when Spurs looked at their most dangerous.

     

    Gylfi Sigurdsson (6)

    Sigurdsson came on for Dempsey and delivered a proactive, rather than productive, 20 minutes. Still, this liveliness is what is desired from the former Swansea man, and given the chance, you can see he is capable of delivering more for Spurs.

     

    Andros Townsend (7.5)

    Townsend's return to first-team action will have done his hopes of more regular involvement a world of good.

    The winger's introduction paid off immediately as he won the free kick that led to Vertonghen's goal. Thereafter, a clearly motivated Townsend continued to take the game to Swansea in search of a second goal.

     

    Scott Parker

    Parker was not on long enough to warrant a rating, but the midfielder's return was a welcome sight, having missed all of the season so far.

Forwards

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    Forwards

    Emmanuel Adebayor (6)

    It was a decent afternoon's work from Adebayor as the the striker looked to get involved and even tracked back to lend a hand in midfield where he could.

    He has yet to find the form of last season, but the increased game time of late will hopefully help in that respect—depending on how serious the injury he suffered was.

     

    Jermain Defoe (6.5)

    Defoe's movement off the ball kept Swansea on their toes as he looked to find a modicum of space.

    That was a difficult ask on an afternoon where the Welsh club worked hard to close Spurs down and restrict their opportunities. It was a respectable effort from Defoe, though he will be frustrated at not making more of the couple of chances that came his way.

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