Leicester 1-2 Tottenham player ratings

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Tottenham made it four wins in a row thanks, yet again, to goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen and a stellar goalkeeping performance from captain Hugo Lloris as they beat Leicester 2-1 on Boxing Day.

However, despite the win, Mauricio Pochettino will be concerned that his team were largely outplayed by bottom of the table Leicester, especially given Manchester United and Chelsea travel to White Hart Lane in Tottenham's next two fixtures.

The positive for the Argentine head coach is that his team continue to win despite not playing well, but such poor individual performances, especially in midfield, will concern the boss. Here are the player ratings...

Hugo Lloris - 8.5

Star man. Assured with his handling, could do nothing with the goal nor Mahrez's free kick, and was a rock when others were folding.

Kyle Walker - 6.0

Enjoyed getting forward early on but as Leicester grew on top he was tested and exposed defensively.

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Danny Rose - 5.0

Recalled, but did not provide proof that he should be first choice. The majority of Leicester's better chances came down Tottenham's left flank as the ex-England U21 international struggled positionally and in one on one situations. As always, Tottenham's full backs were not afforded much cover but it was not the best day in the office for Rose.

Jan Vertonghen - 6.5

Did fairly well in the face of a Leicester onslaught, but lapses in concentration often blight his game. Was fortunate not to give away a penalty when he challenged Vardy in the box, but again was not given much help by those in front of him.

Federico Fazio - 7.0

Outmuscled by Ulloa for Leicester's equaliser, also lost Vardy in the run up to the penalty incident, but won plenty of headers and covered Walker well.

Benjamin Stambouli - 5.5

Struggled to impose himself on his first Premier League start and was replaced at half time. Currently lacks the athleticism to keep up with the high tempo in England, his signing will soon be questioned if performances do not improve.

Nabil Bentaleb - 6.0

Is struggling to impose himself on the play in the last few weeks. Faded badly as Spurs lost grip of the game and Pochettino will need a stronger central midfield display against United and Chelsea.

Erik Lamela - 6.5

Putting in more of a shift as he grows acclimatised to the English game, but still not the best at helping at his full back. Played a good through ball to put Chadli in for the first goal, but like others game crumbled as Leicester pushed on.

Nacer Chadli - 6.5

Picks up another assist but still gives the impression that for large parts he is only in second gear. Defensive work is not good enough and too often on the periphery.

Christian Eriksen - 7.5

Popped up with the winner, yet again, and was central to a lot of Tottenham's better moments. However, given Tottenham were on the back foot a lot it was no surprise his effect was limited.

Harry Kane - 7.0

Another quick goal, plus it was Kane who was fouled for Eriksen's free kick. Apart from that and plenty of running around, there was not enough opportunity or quality for the in form front man.


Ryan Mason (for Stambouli, 45) - 6.0

Despite carrying an ankle knock, Mason was called from the bench for the struggling Stambouli but despite initially bringing some energy to the side he struggled like his team mates.

Roberto Soldado (for Chadli, 63) - 5.5

Brought on as Pochettino tried to change things to wrestle back some control but looked disinterest and did not defend from the front.

Paulinho (for Kane, 84) - n/a

Late sub as Spurs tried to shore up the midfield and hold on to the win.

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