Tottenham player ratings vs Swansea

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Tottenham overcame a strong Swansea side at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen bookending a game the home side had dominated for large parts.

While the 2-1 victory showed plenty of character, there was a worrying lack of defensive solidity as Swansea, and Wilfried Bony in particular, found holes to play through time and time again. That Spurs remained in the game was a good sign for Mauricio Pochettino, especially given the mental fragility his side have shown at times.

That said, individual consistency is still missing from the Tottenham team. Here are the player ratings...

Hugo Lloris - 7.0

No chance with the goal, was his usual assuredness with everything else he was asked to do.

Kyle Walker - 6.5

An early book for a silly handball threatened to tarnish the England right back's league return, but the ex-Sheffield United right back did not tire despite playing over an hour on Thursday after nine months out. Offered much better balance on the right, and his overlaps pushed Erik Lamela further up the pitch to give Spurs an improved cohesion.

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Ben Davies - 7.0

Picks up an assist for his pass to Eriksen for the winner, while his last ditch tackle on Bony in the first half stopped a certain goal. Pochettino still might want more going forward from the Welshman but he is now first choice left back.

Federico Fazio - 6.0

Good when clearing long balls down the centre of the pitch, but too often lost track of Bony and does not have the pace to recover. Did put in some good blocks and interceptions but not the classiest day at the office.

Jan Vertonghen - 6.5

A great tackle blocked Jonjo Shelvey when he was one on one with Lloris, however Vertonghen was just as guilty as others of losing Bony far too easily. Rest of his game was good, however.

Nabil Bentaleb - 6.5

A little better with the ball but still not the comanding presence in the centre of Tottenham's midfield. Starting to strike up a bit of a partnership with Mason but does not really look a holding midfielder.

Ryan Mason - 6.5

Another who gets marks for effort. Was slightly on the peripheral, and might need a little rest, but always gets stuck in.

Christian Eriksen - 7.5

The sooner Pochettino puts Eriksen in a central position the better. Is simply wasted out wide and should be central to Tottenham's attack. Can score and create, and this was the second late winner from around 18 yards in recent weeks. When others were tiring the Dane was the one to take the game by the scruff of the neck, and he is now the top scoring midfielder in the league for 2014.

Erik Lamela - 6.0

Looked happy with Walker offering an attacking option behind him, but Lamela is still struggling to have an effect on the game. Had an effect on the Swansea players, however, and may have been lucky not to have seen red at some point.

Harry Kane - 7.5

Showed a remarkable leap to score from Eriksen's corner early on, put in a lot of hard yards and it was his pressing that led to Jazz Richard's poor clearance falling to Davies. Also pressed Shelvey into a mistake, running the entire half before seeing his effort well saved. There can be no further questions over his place in the team.

Roberto Soldado - 6.0

Bit of a disappointing day for the Spaniard, as Spurs never really opened up  Swansea save for the first five and last five minutes. While he still has a role in the squad, his position is still not secure.


Mousa Dembele (for Soldado, 56) - 6.5

Being used in a more advanced position by Pochettino, and one pass showed he does have vision, but still not up to full speed.

Benjamin Stambouli (for Mason, 70) - 6.5

Doubled his Premier League minutes, replaced the tiring Mason and filled a similar role, breaking up play, trying to get Spurs going, and putting his body in the way.

Nacer Chadli (for Lamela, 83) - N/A

Not on long enough nor saw enough of the ball to get marked.

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