Premier League

Tottenham vs Norwich – Spurs Player Ratings

AVB failed to impress Tottenham fans after his new side drew 1-1 to Norwich after Mousa Dembele’s debut goal was balanced out by Robert Snodgrass’ 83rd minute equaliser.

Brad Friedel – Undoubtedly the man of the match. He prevented Norwich twice before their equaliser and kept Spurs in the game. His performance has even resulted in AVB telling the BBC that he expects Friedel to begin the next game, despite Hugo Lloris being able to compete. (7/10)

Kyle Walker – The right back looked weak and unmotivated in today’s game. His notable runs up the wing were absent and failed to help out Aaron Lennon on the right side of the pitch, making it harder for Tottenham to attack. (4/10)

William Gallas – Although his lack of pace would’ve seen him be out-of-favour with Villas-Boas, Gallas did everything required to see of the dangers of Grant Holt and co. But a misplaced chest pass almost saw him give away a goal, his quick reactions saw any dangers off. (4.5/10)

Jan Vertonghen – The new Tottenham signing looked sharp and quick in today’s game. He counter-acted any aerial threat and his long balls to Lennon and Bale were delivered with perfection, before they miscontrolled the ball to give away a throw-in for Norwich. (5.5/10)

Benoit Assou-Ekotto – He looked calm and collected at the back, sometimes even forgetting that he was supposed to defend. When he was on the ball he looked puzzled as to what he should do with it. (4/10)

Jake Livermore – Struggled to pass to a player in the same shirt colour, didn’t close down the opposition and constantly got pushed off the ball. He is no where near the standard of a top 7 club, let alone a club who are challenging for a top four position. (3/10)

Sandro – Like Livermore he performed badly. Even though he failed to close down the opposition, his passing was miles apart from his team-mates and his runs down the pitch helped to speed up the tempo of the game. (4/10)

Gareth Bale – Every quality he previously owned looked to disappear from the Welshman. His crossing was not on form and his poor attitude saw him gain a yellow card. (3.5/10)

Gylfi Sigurdsson – His short passes helped to create a good feed to Jermain Defoe where the opportunities was wasted. Even though his shots also went astray, Sigurdsson never stopped running when on the pitch giving the team all his effort. (5/10)

Aaron Lennon – Like Bale, he failed to do damage with his crosses and relied heavily on the substitution of Mousa Dembele before making an impact on the pitch. He looked tired whilst playing and did not help the lone striker of Jermain Defoe at all. (4/10)

Jermain Defoe – The striker was doomed to failure when he was placed as the lone-forward for Tottenham. However, Adebayor’s lack of match practice resulted in Defoe starting the game. His shots were constantly off-target but his pass to Dembele helped to see the Belgium international score on his debut. (4/10)

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Emmanuel Adebayor – Ade was faultless in today’s game and did everything required for him. His aerial threat helped to bring down Friedel’s goal kicks but also his dribbling and ball control aided Defoe and Dembele in their creative moves. (5.5/10)

Tom Huddlestone – The defensive midfielder was sent off after going in two-footed for a challenge which although was reckless on his part, the 50/50 challenge saw a very strict consequence. Considering he was only on the pitch for a short time, when he wasn’t getting sent off he closed down the ball well and showed how poor Livermore was in this position. (2.5/10)

Mousa Dembele – Quite frankly he was the creative spark which was absent in the first half. His vision for long balls was excellent, matched by his goal which he squeezed in past Ruddy’s far post. If Dembele performs to the standard which he did in the home draw, his £15 million price tag will look even more of a steal. (6.5/10)

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