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Tottenham vs QPR: Player ratings

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Mauricio Pochettino's home debut could not have played out any better as his Tottenham side dominated ex-Spurs manager Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.

Not since the days of Redknapp have the White Hart Lane crowd watched their side play with such attacking verve and passion, as goals from Nacer Chadli (2), Eric Dier and Emmanuel Adebayor sealed a comfortable win to send the north London club top, for a day at least.

Here are our player ratings:

Hugo Lloris - 6.5

This was one of the Frenchman's more relaxing days as Spurs followed Pochettino's game plan of high pressing. Matt Phillips should have tested the home goalie when he ran through in the first half, but ultimately Lloris was able to stand and watch as his team mates tormented Rangers across the park.

Eric Dier - 8.0

Two goals in two games for the England U21 international. Playing at right-back due to Kyle Naughton's suspension, Dier showed plenty of ambition on the overlap and certainly did not look out of place. At £4 million, the buy from Sporting Lisbon is looking like a bargain.

Danny Rose - 7.5

Starting the season impressively to show why he has been selected ahead of summer signing Ben Davies. Very much an attacking full-back, Rose suits Pochettino's system and greater tests come next weekend when Liverpool are the opponents. A nice assist for the final goal was a fine reward for the left-back.

Jan Vertonghen - 7.5

Looking like the classy central defender he was when he first joined Spurs, Vertonghen was strong in the tackle and good on the ball, as always. Very much a mood player, in so much as when times are good so are his performances, but when results and morale is on the slide the Belgium is among the first to switch off. With confidence growing, Vertonghen is leading the defence.

Younes Kaboul - 6.5

Still not the player he was before suffering a terrible knee, Kaboul's performance gave reason for Pochettino's continued search for an additional centre-back. Caught out by a long ball that led to QPR's only chance of the first half, when Phillips ran through on goal, Kaboul did get back to put in a challenge, albeit a limp one. Still more to come from the big French international.

Etienne Capoue - 8.0

A big French international who had a big game. Capoue had an impressive game in the centre of Tottenham's midfield, breaking up any QPR attack and covering for the marauding full-backs.

Nabil Bentaleb - 7.5

Another solid display from the Algerian youngster. A reliable and efficient presence in the middle of Pochettino's midfield, allowing others to flourish around him.

Christian Eriksen - 7.5

Formed a midfield attacking trio that hunted down the visitors players. The Dane went agonisingly close with a 25-yard free kick which smacked the underside of the bar. Although not directly involved the goals, there will be times when he is the shining light.

Erik Lamela - 9.0

The Argentine has arrived. For the first time in his Spurs career, Lamela ran a Premier League game. It was from his corner that Eric Dier scored Tottenham's second, his cross that set up the third, and it will be only a matter of time before he has his first English league goal. Finally, the £30 million price tag is looking realistic.

Nacer Chadli - 9.5

Two goals, a delightful through pass that led to the fourth, and rightfully Man of the Match. There were question marks over the tall, lean Belgium - just what exactly was he? Winger? Number 10? Striker? Jack of all trades, master of none?

Given license to get beyond the striker, Chadli showed great composure to chest and finish Emmanuel Adebayor's cross for the crucial opening goal. His clinical header put the game beyond doubt, and his pass to release Rose for the final goal gives hope that Chadli could be a key part of Tottenham's push for success.

Emmanuel Adebayor - 8.5

On days like this the Togolese front man is unplayable. He caused so much panic amongst the three Rangers' centre backs that Harry Redknapp had to switch to a conventional back four. An assist and a goal to wrap up the win were just rewards for the lone striker.

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