Thursday was another easy European night for Spurs, but despite all the recent blockbuster signings, it was an old boy who grabbed the headlines.
Jermain Defoe isn’t happy playing second fiddle to Roberto Soldado, and judging by his five goals in two games, he has every right to feel aggrieved.
Andre Villas-Boas’ men cruised to a comfortable 3-0 home win against a toothless Tromso side that was severely devoid of attacking ideas.
Here’s how the players ranked on the night.
A virtual spectator in the game, which begs the question why Brad Friedel wasn’t given the start? Nevertheless, the small amount of work Lloris was asked to do was without fault.
Another good start for Naughton, who continues to impress despite a lack of recent opportunities. Didn’t get too involved in the attacking side but kept his shape well throughout. Nice layoff for Christian Eriksen’s stunner.
Great to see Kaboul back in the team. The minutes will have done the centre-back the world of good although he did leave the field just before the final whistle. The French international may have an important role to play in the next few weeks, especially if Jan Vertonghen moves to left-back in light of Danny Rose’s injury.
Captained the side well in what was essentially a training game. Dawson has fought his way back from oblivion to become one of the most reliable players in the squad. His positioning was excellent and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet at the end of the first half.
Brilliant first-half effort before picking up a worrying foot injury. Rose was constantly up and down the left side supporting almost every attack. But with Benoit Assou-Ekotto on loan at QPR, Spurs will hope the injury is not too serious.
Almost the forgotten man of the team, Sandro settled into his usual role ahead of the defence and squashed any kind of attack Tromso threatened. Distributed the ball well while forming a lovely triangle with Dembele and Holtby.
Enjoyed a more forward role thanks to the inclusion of Sandro. Busy throughout, the Belgium international linked up play beautifully with a series of exquisite passes. Will not always make the headlines, but an indispensable member of the team. Injured midway through the second half after a heavy challenge by Lars Gunnar Johnsen, although it didn’t look too serious.
Sigurdsson has enjoyed a lovely if somewhat unexpected run in the team despite the volume of new signings. Had one of his quieter nights but was still efficient.
Arguably his best performance to date. Holby covered an incredible amount of ground in the centre of the park and thrived with the space Tromso gave him. Beautiful pass to set up Defoe’s second.
Stunning display and a threat throughout the game. Dictated the pace expertly and linked up with Defoe on more than one occasion. Beautifully weighted through ball for the first goal and was unlucky not to grab one himself.
Despite falling down the pecking order in the league, the 30-year-old put in another superb European performance. Lively throughout, his two effortless chips from Lamela’s and Holtby’s through balls were a pleasure to watch. Quieter in the second half, but the damage had been done.
Rating: 9/10 (Man of the Match)
Jan Vertonghen (for Rose)
Andre Villas-Boas wouldn’t have wanted to use his imposing defender, but an injury to Rose meant some useful time at left-back. If Rose does miss time, the Belgian international will almost certainly be used in the same position, especially with the addition of centre-back Vlad Chiriches.
Christian Eriksen (for Dembele)
He may only be 21, but this wonderkid could be the signing of the summer. Capped an easy win with the goal of the night. Eriksen controlled the ball on the edge of the box, moving the ball from left to right before unleashing a thunderbolt into the top corner. This kid is the real deal.
Paulinho (for Holtby)
Paulinho hasn’t hit the ground running, but it will take time for certain signings to gel, especially ones from South America. The Brazilian looked comfortable and made a couple of nice passes. Will be interesting to see if he starts at Cardiff this weekend.
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