TOTTENHAM struggled big time during their 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle as Steve Bruce’s men picked up their first points of the season.
The atmosphere inside the ground was flat after Joelinton’s 27th minute goal and few Spurs players did anything to give their fans much to shout about.
Christian Eriksen was left out because he was not in the right frame of mind with a potential move away looming.
And Tottenham missed him.
The Dane did come on towards the end but it was too little too late.
Here’s what Paul Jiggins thought of the defeated Tottenham team today.
HUGO LLORIS 7
THE skipper pulled off a stunning save to deny Sean Longstaff before he was let down by those in front of him for the Newcastle’s goal. Still waiting for his first clean sheet of campaign.
KYLE WALKER-PETERS 6
THE academy product is looking more assured with each appearance as he bids to make first-team slot his own. Will be hoping injury is not too serious after limping off in second half.
TOBY ALDERWEIRELD 5
FOR how good a central defender the Belgian is, he never looks as commanding without Jan Vertonghen alongside him.
Time to get the pair back together, Poch.
DAVINSON SANCHEZ 4
THE Colombian was given a tough time by Joelinton and caught woefully on his heels for the Toon striker’s opener.
DANNY ROSE 5
THE left-back did not do much wrong in defence but was hardly his usual effective self going forward either.
When he did get into promising positions he was let down by either his cross or his team-mates’ lack of movement in box.
MOUSSA SISSOKO 6
CONSTANTLY jeered by the travelling fans, the former Newcastle man was again one of Tottenham’s better performers – although he too could not penetrate a resolute Toon defence.
HARRY WINKS 5
WAS forced to walk a disciplinary tightrope after his foolish 10th minute yellow card for hauling back Isaac Hayden.
Winks also needs to add a bit more guile to his passing game.
LUCAS MOURA 4
THE Brazilian looked a shadow of the player who scored that historic hat-trick in the Champions League semi-final second leg at Ajax as he capped a poor display by missing a late sitter.
ERIK LAMELA 4
WE keep waiting for the Argentinian to fulfil his potential and show he was worth £30million. But he is 27 now and time is running out.
SON HEUNG-MIN 4
A DISAPPOINTING return to action from the South Korean in his first appearance of the season after completing a three-match ban.
HARRY KANE 4
THE Toon Army taunted the England captain with chants of “You’re just a s**t Alan Shearer.”
But to be honest Kane was not even that good as he endured a rare off-day.
CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN 5
THE Dane could not pull a rabbit out of the hat this time. Spurs missed his creativity.
GIOVANI LO CELSO 5
HIS 62nd minute introduction alongside Eriksen was too little too late.
BEN DAVIES 5
HIS late cameo almost led to a goal but his return after injury was one of few positives for Poch.
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