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Tottenham player ratings: Vertonghen impresses but midfield uninspiring as Spurs are held 1-1 by Leicester

Tottenham Hotspur maintained their unbeaten start in this season’s Premier League on Saturday.

However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have now gone four games without scoring from open play in all competitions after Vincent Janssen’s second penalty in a week saw them scrape a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City.

Leicester had lost all four of their Prem away games before today – taking severe beatings at Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea along the way – but they were more than a match for Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Janssen’s spot kick broke the deadlock on 44 minutes, before the Foxes levelled through Ahmed Musa shortly after half time.

Musa’s equaliser roused Leicester, who – despite being second best overall – did occasionally threaten to take all three points.

Check out our Tottenham player ratings below:

GK: Hugo Lloris – 5/10

Beaten by Leicester’s sole shot on target, despite getting his hands to Musa’s close-range effort.

RB: Kyle Walker – 7/10

Burned plenty of calories bombing up and down right flank. Was decent going forward and solid at the back.

CB: Jan Vertonghen – 8/10

Ran the show from the back in the absence of star centre-back Toby Alderweireld. Was calm on the ball, dominant in the air and almost won the game late on when his powerful header rattled Leicester’s crossbar.

CB: Eric Dier – 7/10

Did well at the heart of Tottenham’s defence, which is still the best in the Premier League, with only five goals conceded in 10 games.

LB: Danny Rose – 7/10

Like Walker, Rose was very busy as he put in yet another energetic display. Rose tried his luck with four shots – only Christian Eriksen had more for either side – but Tottenham’s attacking left-back was only on target with one of his attempts.

CM: Mousa Dembele – 5/10

Helped Spurs win the battle for ball possession, but was far from spectacular in any aspect of his performance. Dembele offered nothing in an attacking sense in a game Spurs were crying out for someone to grab by the scruff of the neck.

CM: Victor Wanyama – 5/10

Was at fault for Leicester’s goal as his awful headed back-pass fell nicely for Jamie Vardy to tee-up Musa. Wanyama was booked on 67 minutes and then substituted on 86 for Harry Winks.

AM: Christian Eriksen – 6/10

Tottenham’s creator-in-chief breezed through another 90 minutes without really stamping his authority on the game. Yes, he had five shots, but most were speculative and only one worked the goalkeeper.

AM: Dele Alli – 7/10

Tried hard to make something happen for his team. Alli, who smashed a shot off the crossbar shortly before Janssen’s opener, was hacked to pieces – winning eight free-kicks – before being withdrawn on 82 minutes to give Georges-Kevin Nkoudou a forgettable runout.

AM: Son Heung-Min – 5/10

Has been Tottenham’s star man on multiple occasions this season, but not today. Son was average at best this afternoon.

ST: Vincent Janssen – 7/10

Struggled to implement his physical style of play against Leicester henchman Wes Morgan and Robert Huth early on, until the latter hauled him down for a penalty kick, albeit a debatable one. After hammering home for 12 yards, Janssen’s confidence looked boosted and he did well in the second half, coming close to scoring again – this time with a curling effort from long-range.

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