Tottenham midfield ratings
Running out the same midfield from the Leeds loss was not necessarily awe-inspiring before the match, but in the end, the group did the job well. Dele Alli showed he still has some real craft and is willing to graft. Giovani Lo Celso demonstrated a willingness to push the team forward from deep and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg was superb. It was against a bottom half time but it was a good performance from the trio.
Dele Alli – 7.5
Dele Alli was again in the attacking midfield role that he has been occupying since Ryan Mason has taken over. Dele was more confident on the ball than in any match likely all season. Unlucky not to get an assist, when he played in Kane and the Spurs’ talisman hit the post. Even more unlucky not to score on the follow-up as Dele’ then hit the post for the 23rd time for Spurs this season. Had a couple of nutmegs and even flashed a smile. Provided very good defensive pressing all over the attacking third, while still tracking back.
Giovani Lo Celso – 7
Lo Celso was okay in the first half managing to keep the ball moving. Seemingly always hurried on the ball as he simply plays with just one leg, sometimes to the disadvantage. Like the rest of the team, Lo Celso was more assured in the second half and was unlucky to not get an assist himself, after touching in Sergio Reguilón on a little move. Lo Celso showed a willingness to drive the ball from deep picking up the ball and dribbling at the Wolves defense. Was replaced at 68 minutes by Harry Winks.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg – 9
Played within himself for the first half and things paid off with a nice direct, thorough ball to Harry Kane for the only goal. Then in the second half, it was the Dane taking his chances in the box as he converted the Rui rebound on a Gareth Bale effort as he read the play and put Tottenham up 2-0. If Pierre-Emile Højbjerg can be an incredible difference-maker, as he was Sunday, maybe the future is not as bleak as it often seems.