NUFC player ratings vs Spurs – Three awful 2’s, several 3’s, a few 4’s and two 5’s

Not exactly the kind of performance you wait three weeks for, was it…

A horrific second half display from the boys today, with us completely collapsing after Schar gave us the lead just a few minutes before the break.

I’ll do my best to get through these without any expletives:

Martin Dubravka – 4 – Wasn’t protected at all today, leaving him helpless at times, but did concede from every shot Spurs had on target. Distribution was poor.

Javier Manquillo – 2 – Didn’t get close enough to Son all afternoon, being poor for the South Korean’s goal and switching off for Doherty’s header. Hooked just before the hour. Krafth could be back in the side next Friday after that…

Fabian Schar – 3 – Smart free kick to catch Lloris out for our goal, but it all went downhill after that. Gave the ball away in a poor area just seconds before Tottenham’s second.

Dan Burn – 2 –Didn’t seem composed at all today. Lost his head, getting involved in pointless altercations and picked up a cheap yellow card for a late lunge. Tried to get in a battle with Kane and was constantly caught out, finding himself in no man’s land for Tottenham’s third and fifth goals.

Matt Targett – 2 – Anonymous going forward, which wasn’t like him, but also struggled badly defensively against the bright Kulusevski; who got in behind him too easily for Son’s goal. Beaten in the air by Davies for their equaliser and outmuscled by Emerson for Spurs’ fifth. A day to forget for the usually solid Villa loanee.

Joelinton – 4 – Battled away and put himself about, but needed saving from himself in the end as he was one foul away from a second yellow card before Howe hauled him off.

Jonjo Shelvey – 3 – Given the armband today and failed to compose the team when we lost our shape. Bypassed way too many times when Spurs were in possession, didn’t get on the ball enough and his passing range was way off when he did.

Joe Willock – 5 – Can’t fault his effort and unlucky not to score in the first half after some lovely footwork. Totally overrun in the second half as Spurs ran riot.

Ryan Fraser – 3 – Totally anonymous going forward and barely got a kick. I can’t remember a single moment he had in the final third. Hard to fault his effort, yet Son and Doherty did get plenty of joy down his and Manquillo’s side.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 3 – Tried to take players on and won plenty free-kicks, but lost the ball too often, giving it away cheaply just before Tottenham’s fifth. Didn’t track back enough and gave Kulusevski and Emerson too much space to bomb on.

Chris Wood – 3 – You’d be forgiven if you thought he wasn’t actually playing today. Wins a few headers and works hard, but didn’t offer enough and was largely isolated and ineffective.


Bruno Guimaraes – 5 – Didn’t do a great deal, but offered some of the energy and bite others had been lacking all afternoon. Has to start against Wolves on Friday.

Jacob Murphy – 4 – Didn’t get close enough to Doherty, who beat him twice before setting up Emerson.

Jamaal Lascelles – 4 – Came on to steady the ship at 4-1 down, but stepped up at the wrong time to allow Bergwijn to get in behind and make it five.

2 thoughts on “NUFC player ratings vs Spurs – Three awful 2’s, several 3’s, a few 4’s and two 5’s

  1. Just embarrassing from Howe and the whole team, nothing more to say really, jollies in Dubai = disaster on the pitch?


  2. These ratings are a typical reaction to a result and not a performance.
    We were clearly outclassed in every department, so I agree that 7s and 8s were not on the cards, but 2s and 3s? That’s just childish.

    As for Joelinton being “one foul away from a second yellow card” isn’t that true of every player in the history of football who ever got a yellow card?


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