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Tottenham 1-1 Besiktas: Player ratings

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Tottenham drew with Besiktas in their Europa League tie at White Hart Lane after conceding a late Demba Ba penalty. The timing of the equaliser may have grated but it was no less than the Turkish team deserved as Mauricio Pochettino oversaw a mixed Spurs performance.

While some players showed their class and made a claim to start Sunday's tie with the Argentine's former employers Southampton, several others demonstrated why they should take a seat not just in the league but in the cups too.

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Here are the player ratings, praise and criticism in equal measure...

Hugo Lloris - 8.5

Let's start with the praise. The French stopper was once again in excellent form, making numerous crucial saves as his defence evaporated in front of him. Some excellent reflexes and reactions, plus a commanding presence in the air as Spurs were outplayed on plenty of occassions. Only blot was some of his distribution, which put his team mates under unnecessary pressure.

Eric Dier - 6.0

After an impressive start to the seaosn the England U21 defender is suffering in the right back role. Often caught out of position, he was not helped by the centre back on his side but Dier was also a contributor to Tottenham's defensiveness uneasiness.

Ben Davies - 6.5

Still fitting into the squad, Davies has not yet displaced Danny Rose from the left back position and Thursday's performance was not enough to change that. Besiktas got in behind Davies a couple of times in the first half, while offensively Davies struggled to form a productive connection with either Andros Townsend or Paulinho ahead of him. One of a number of players who will do better when the team as a whole has a better shape.

Federico Fazio - 7.0

Perhaps the shambles alongside him made Fazio look better than he was, but the tall Argentine won several crucial headers, looked strong and put in some good tackles.

Vlad Chiriches - 4.0

His evening started badly when a stray Demba Ba elbow caused a bloody nose, and it would not be the last time the striker hurt the Romanian centre back. Dallied in possession, gave the ball away with passing that was trying to do too much, all over the place positionally, and then the penalty. Made a terrible error when failing to deal with a standard long ball, then so unco-ordinated that the handball was almost inevitable. Very much fourth, maybe even fifth choice now.

Benjamin Stambouli - 6.5

Slowly improving. Was a good physical presence and showed some nice touches to get himself out of trouble, however passing was at times limited and added pressure onto team mates. Needs to show better vision to help Spurs build the play better.

Nabil Bentaleb - 6.5

In the initial stages, Bentaleb showed a desire to get on the ball and show some of his passing ability, however was too lightweight in the middle of the park and still needs to find some form and a role if he wants to establish his Premiership career.

Andros Townsend - 7.0

Credit to Townsend, he kept on going. Where he was going, I'm not sure even he knew, but he was the second best outfield player for Spurs (almost by default). Never stopped wanting the ball, never stopped trying to do something, but the end product is still lacking. Had one good shooting opportunity but unsurprisingly missed the target.

Paulinho - 5.0

Moved to a wider position to accomodate Harry Kane, and the Brazilian World Cup player did little to demonstrate he is higher in the pecking order than the young Englishman. Another weak player, too often dispossessed with ease, nothing other than functional passing, and not an attacking threat.

Harry Kane - 8.0

His goal was the one highlight for Spurs in the first half. He found some space, burst forward than unleashed a precise yet powerful left foot shot into the corner. Came very close to a second but for the visitor's keeper, before tiring.

Roberto Soldado - 6.0

Was nearly completely anonymous in the first half, before showing some much needed passion and aggression in the second half after the German referee did not give Spurs a couple of free kicks. I thought it was a poor decision to sub the Spaniard given that he was starting to build up a head of steam. Any shoots of confidence instantly drained away as he trudged off.

Subs

Aaron Lennon (for Paulinho, 60) - 6.0

No surprise Paulinho came off, but Lennon was again played on the left which fails to make use of his main skills.

Mousa Dembele (for Stambouli, 65) - 6.5

Showed a couple moments of strength and should have won a free kick just outside the Besiktas box after a good run.

Emmanuel Adebayor (for Soldado, 79) - 6.0

The big front man has big question marks over his role in the team after one goal and several lacklustre performances, and barely got on the ball in his short time on the pitch.

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