Tottenham Hotspur narrowly avoided opening day embarrassment as they came back from 1-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-1, and one player impressed in a rare start.
The ever-impressive Harry Kane scored a brace as he led the North London side’s charge in the dying embers of the game. The England international didn’t give Dean Smith’s defence a moment to rest as he notched up eight shots on goal (via WhoScored), proving a constant attacking threat.
Meanwhile, new signing Tanguy Ndombele recovered from a lacklustre first-half performance to score the equalising goal. The France international also provided good defensive cover, making the joint-most tackles of any Spurs player (3).
Kyle Walker-Peters showed on Saturday with his performance that he can be a long-term replacement for the departed Kieran Trippier.
Somehow, the youngster’s performance managed to go amiss, as he provided a good defensive cover against a strong Aston Villa attack, especially in the first half. The 22-year-old made the joint-most tackles and the most clearances, as he acquired a 7.41 rating from WhoScored.com.
Football London highlighted the Englishman’s good performance, as they gave him a seven out of 10.
They said: “Impressed in his customary start on the opening day following Kieran Trippier’s exit and Juan Foyth’s suspension.”
“Good showing from the youngster as he got forward quite a lot, although his end product was lacking at times. ” (Source: Football London)
The door is open for the England youth international to grab a starring role in Mauricio Pochettino’s side and relieve some of the headaches over who will play at right-back.
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