Rating the Tottenham front three
The one area on the pitch without any changes from the weekday win was the Tottenham front three, as injuries continue to limit Conte’s options.
Heung-min Son – 5
It was an up-and-down day for Sonny, who popped several times but is still a step off his usual pace. His cross for Emerson was great, but other opportunities for few and far between as Son had difficulty beating Zak Swanson on the left.
Harry Kane – 7.5
Coasting for much of the first half, Harry Kane came through for Tottenham when the time came. Kane did more to create opportunities for Tottenham in the second half as Portsmouth pushed forward, allowing our talisman to drop deep and distribute the ball. Of course, his real contribution was when he combined with Sessegnon near the edge of the box and curled in the only goal of the game. It was not a classic performance, but it was enough FA Cup magic to put Spurs through and leave Kane just one shy of tying Jimmy Greaves’ all-time club record of 256 goals.
Bryan Gil – 7
Thanks mainly to injuries, Gil was starting for the third consecutive match, and for the second game running, he was a difference-maker. A willing runner defensively, Gil is a pest for the opposition and is slowly building some pressing tendencies again in the squad. Bryan’s willingness to run at players with the ball is one of his other qualities, and he appears to be growing more comfortable doing. Not entirely providing everything Kulusevski was at right-forward, Gil is making the Swede’s absence more bearable for Spurs.