Player Ratings: Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United


Tottenham headed into this evening's action sitting fifth in the Premier League table, aware that they would move level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal, who play on Monday, with a win vs Newcastle United.

And, when all was said and done in north London, Tottenham were able to come away with a resounding victory.

The Lilywhites dominated proceedings throughout the first half, but it was Newcastle who took the lead 39 minutes in as Fabian Schar smashed in a free-kick.

However, Spurs hit back just a few minutes later when Ben Davies headed in from a Heung-min Son cross.

The Lilywhites were then able to take the lead after Matt Doherty got down low to head in a Harry Kane cross at the back post.

Antonio Conte’s side then all but killed the game off 54 minutes in, when Son turned in a Dejan Kulusevski cross.

Further goals from Emerson Royal and Steven Bergwijn ensured that Tottenham came away with a very comfortable win on the day.

The full-time whistle blew with the scoreline at 5-1, and Tottenham up to 4th, piling the pressure on fellow Champions League-chasers Arsenal, set to play on Monday.

Tottenham player ratings

Hugo Lloris (4) – Awful attempt at a save for Fabian Schar’s free-kick. Had very little to do after that.

Cristiano Romero (8) – A dominant presence at the back, played a key role in keeping Allan Saint-Maximin quiet and was also crucial to starting Spurs’ attacks by bringing the ball out from deep.

Eric Dier (6.5) – A solid if unspectacular outing from Dier.

Ben Davies (6.5) – Another solid showing at centre-back for the Welshman, bringing the ball out from the back confidently and also getting himself on the scoresheet.

Emerson Royal (7) – Did little wrong defensively on the day and scored Tottenham’s 4th.

Rodrigo Bentancur (7.5) – Worked well in his box-to-box role, helping out at both ends of the pitch, including opening up Newcastle’s defence a few times with some clever passing.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (7) – Passing and movement off the ball were crucial to Tottenham dominating play in the first half.

Matt Doherty (8) – Had a very quiet first 45, struggling out of position on the left flank, but he would get a goal early in the second before also setting up Emerson later in the game.

Dejan Kulusevski (7.5) – Showed great pace and crossing ability to set up Tottenham’s third.

Heung-min Son (7.5) – Gave away the free-kick which led to Schar’s goal, but would atone for his error by setting up Davies' equaliser and then scoring Tottenham’s third of the day.

Harry Kane (7.5) – Very underwhelming first half, but produced a brilliant cross moments into the second for Doherty’s goal. Continued to be the focal point of all of Spurs’ attacks from then on.


Lucas Moura (6.5) – Set up Bergwijn for Tottenham’s 5th.

Harry Winks  (5) – Did not do anything wrong in the short period he was on the pitch for.

Steven Bergwijn (7) – Added Spurs’ 5th late on.

Newcastle player ratings

Martin Dubravka (4) – Did not do anything egregiously wrong but still conceded five goals.

Javier Manquillo (4) – Kept Son quiet for much of the first half but his tracking of Doherty for Spurs’ second was poor. Taken off after 59 minutes.

Fabian Schar (5.5) – Scored the opening goal and helped keep Kane's threat to a minimum in the first half, but was overrun in the second 45.

Dan Burn (4) – Didn’t make any major errors but being part of a defence that concedes five goals is not a good look for any centre-back.

Matt Targett (3.5) – Poor marking of Ben Davies for the Tottenham man's goal and was outpaced by Kulusevski in the build-up to Son’s strike.

Joe Willock (3) – Like his midfield partners, Willock struggled to have any impact on the game at either end of the pitch.

Jonjo Shelvey (3) – Defensively lacking on the day and didn’t offer much going forward either.

Joelinton (3) – Poor marking for the Ben Davies equaliser and could have closed Kane down quicker in the build-up to Tottenham’s second. Off after 58 minutes.

Ryan Fraser (3.5) – A very uninspiring outing that saw his threat neutralised by Doherty and Davies.

Allan Saint-Maximin (3.5) – Not the Frenchman’s best display, as he really struggled to deal with Cristian Romero, who was superb.

Chris Wood (3) – Was isolated up front on his own for much of the game and taken off with 20 minutes left.


Bruno Guimaraes (3.5) – Brought on to try to provide Newcastle with some much-needed control in midfield, which he did not do.

Jacob Murphy (2) – Should have closed Doherty down to better effect in the build-up to Emerson's goal.

Jamaal Lascelles (2) – Brought on with the match at 4-1 and Eddie Howe looking to prevent the scoreline from getting any more embarrassing, but Spurs nevertheless added another after his introduction.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.

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