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Tottenham 0-1 Besiktas: Player ratings

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Tottenham yet again failed in attack and defence as Besiktas produced a betetr second half performance to win 1-0 in Istanbul and leapfrog Spurs into top position in Group C of the Europa League.

This means Mauricio Pochettino's men could face a tougher draw in the knockout stages, however any side would prove a tough test given Spurs and their current form.

Cenk Tosun tapped in from five yards as defensive faults were once again exposed, while Roberto Soldado spurned several decent chances and Tottenham struggled to create enough chances despite dominating possession. It was a similar story for Spurs fans, so let's get on with the ratings...

Player Ratings will upset Spurs fans

Michel Vorm - 6.5

Could do nothing about the goal, and what he could do in the game he did well.

Kyle Walker - 6.0

After nine months out, it was all about getting through the game for the England full back. First he played well, driving forward, showing confidence and assuredness that some of his team mates lacked, and getting into advanced positions. Did not really link with Townsend, but not a bad first 45. After that, however, he tired badly, lost his man in the build up to the goal, stopped getting back into position, but that was to be expected after so long out.

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Danny Rose - 6.0

Like the rest of the Spurs defence, had a good first half but struggled to offer a threat on the overlap despite being given license to go forward as often as he liked. Had one shot that the keeper saved comfortably.

Younes Kaboul - 5.5

Looked a collosus in the first half, headless chicken in the second. As Besiktas upped the tempo and gaps began to open up, so the French defender and Tottenham captain was found wanting. Positioning has never been his strong point, so it makes one wonder why he is not just the leader of the defence but of the team too. Should have reacted quicker as the Besiktas goal unfolded.

Vlad Chiriches - 5.5

Europa League lethargy coupled with a bobbly pitch equals the inevitable. Made some sloppy errors when in possession, but also point in some good tackles. It is hard to workout if he thinks he is better than he is, or if he is not making the most of his ability.

Benjamin Stambouli - 6.0

When Tottenham have an abundance of central midfielders, you wonder why they bothered bringing in Stambouli? He’s an okay player, puts his foot in, can do a bit of everything, but is not the defensive midfield lynchpin Spurs need nor the deep lying playmaker they are crying out for.

Paulinho - 5.5

Functional would be the nicest way of describing the Brazilian’s performance. He was okay with the ball without offering any real quality, ran about a bit without offering any true impact, and looks at best to be an average footballer who has become an international with his country through sheer willpower. If he remains at Spurs beyond January it will be for two reasons - 1. no one wanted him; 2. there are poorer players that need to be removed first.

Mousa Dembele - 6.0

Had a few fleeting moments when he played with something resembling urgency (relatively), bursting past an opponent like we know he can, but second half he retracted right back into his shell. Dallying on the ball is fast becoming his trademark. Another unimpressive display.

Andros Townsend - 6.0

Whereas Townsend and Dembele both produced an uninspiring display, Townsend at least did try to effect the game. However, his poor first touch was exposed on the poor pitch, and his crosses would have had to have been pinpoint to the extreme to pick up the one, occasionally two yellow shirts in the opposition’s box.

Nacer Chadli - 5.5

Another one of the 2014 signings that is looking increasingly average as time goes on. Did not work hard enough, and when he did create half a yard of space he shunned it. When played upfront he offered nothing.

Roberto Soldado - 6.0

Nice build up play, poor finishing. Tottenham did not buy the third highest scorer in La Liga after Messi and Ronaldo to link up the play. Was removed with Spurs needing a goal, which says it all. You can feel that rediscovered confidence quickly disappearing. At least when Soldado was on the pitch Spurs created chances.

Subs:

Erik Lamela (for Soldado, 69) - 5.5

Looks more at home in a central position, but in no form to have a positive impact on the team. A long way behind Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane in the pecking order.

Aaron Lennon (for Paulinho, 69) - 6.0

It’s scary when the diminutive winger comes onto the pitch and looks the most effective passer of the ball for Spurs. One of the few players to have some idea of who is where on the pitch, allowing him to play the ball quickly.

Etienne Capoue (for Walker, 76) - 6.0

Did not exactly do anything wrong, but why he was brought on when Spurs needed a goal only Pochettino will know

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