Emerson Royal 8.5/10
Emerson Royal started the match as one of Spurs’ most lively players. He was strong on the ball, made excellent runs and even better decisions. The work he’s done in the off-season has paid off, as his final ball was markedly better than it was last season. Early, but promising signs.
Royal had trouble staying with Moussa Djenepo on Saints’ lone goal, with the crafty winger dummying multiple times to create space. Royal wasn’t able to get in a decisive tackle, but can’t be held solely culpable for the Ward-Prowse finish.
Ryan Sessegnon 9/10
Ryan Sessegnon had an outstanding first half. He smashed his header home with confidence and had multiple dangerous crosses just miss their intended targets. It was an incredibly promising start for the left back.
Sessegnon missed a sitter in the second half after receiving another exquisite pass from Dejan Kulusevski, but was otherwise on the money throughout.
Pierre Hojbjerg 6.5/10
Pierre Hojbjerg was solid, if not spectacular. The Dane was the most disappointing player of the afternoon and misjudged the flight of Djenepo’s cross on Southampton’s goal. He should have stepped back and gotten closer to Ward-Prowse rather than commit to a header he couldn’t reach.
He calmed down and was solid afterward.
Rodrigo Bentancur 8/10
So calm and poised, Rodrigo Bentancur pulled the strings from midfield like he did so often at the tail end of last season. He made some brilliant passes and was influential throughout.