Tottenham had the same midfield four from the Brentford draw and got the same results.
Rating Spurs Midfield
Ivan Perisic – 5
One player who seemed mentally up for the challenge was Ivan Perisic. However, the Croatian continues to be a shell of the player Spurs thought they signed. Perisic did manage a couple of crosses, with one leading to Kane’s headed attempt. However, Perisic struggled to turn the corner on Ashley Young and flailed terribly on a half-chance in the second half.
Pierre Hojbjerg – 5
Our Danish midfielder got about the field and won Spurs’ possession several times with some solid tackles and decent interceptions. However, Pierre Hojbjerg was rushed or stuck in slow motion on the ball. At no point did Pierre ever look comfortable in possession resulting in predictably poor distribution. Hojbjerg brings a lot to the table; unlocking a parked defense is not one of them.
Yves Bissouma – 4
The player that was supposed to make Tottenham press-proof and add zip to our midfield continued to disappoint. Bissouma loses the ball too often in dangerous positions and most regrettably failed to run with Douglas Luiz into the box on the second Villa goal. Maybe the best moment of the match for Bissouma was his getting a yellow card meaning someone else would have to start in the next game.
Matt Doherty – 5
After shining during the World Cup Tottenham friendlies, the player that was supposed to make the difference for Spurs at wing-back gave us the same old stuff. Doherty had a couple of runs into the box and did have one lovely nutmeg on Tyronne Mings. However, he struggled to put the ball into dangerous positions in the box.