Following Tottenham’s humiliating FA Cup fourth round defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road, here are the player ratings. If you are a Spurs fan you may want to look away now.
The Spurs ‘keeper didn’t exactly cover himself in glory today. He wasn’t particularly at fault for either goal but possibly could have done a touch better with the first.
The Tottenham full back was hoping to force himself into contention for a starting place, but on this form won’t be troubling Kyle Walker. He defended reasonably well but will have to settle for a space on the bench in the coming weeks.
The returning left-back was steady at the back and provided limited assistance to the rampaging Gareth Bale. But his game was also riddled with nervy moments.
Following Assou-Ekotto’s return to the first team, Vertonghen moved back into the centre of the defence. He and fellow centre-back Stephen Caulker looked thoroughly uncomfortable throughout, troubled by the busy El Hadji-Diouf.
Simply not at the races. His communication with Vertonghen was not there and was he was generally poor. He’s a much better player than on this showing and should bounce back.
Efficient in front of the back four, he had one opportunity that was blocked by a hardworking Leeds defence. Replaced after an hour.
Scott Parker was his usual all-action display and had a running battle with fellow ancient hatchet man Michael Brown. Tidy but not spectacular. I think Spurs missed Sandro.
Lennon had a decent match on the wing without making too much of an impact. He set up a couple of chances and ran well at the defence but probably would have liked to have done more against his former team.
As per usual, Bale was Spurs’ main dangerman. Brilliantly shackled by Byram, he still ran and probed and tried to make things happen. He provided the assist for Dempsey’s goal.
This was Sigurdsson’s chance to prove himself in the supporting attacker’s role but he didn’t take it. One chance headed over, he didn’t provide the support needed by lone striker Dempsey. Substituted after an hour.
The American played the lone frontman role and scored a goal but should have had a few more. Not fully comfortable in that position, he’ll look forward to playing a touch further back next week.
Usually so assured and calm, Dembele didn’t make much of an impact when introduced on the hour mark. Put Vertonghen in danger with a misplaced pass.
The young Tottenham striker had his chance to shine and worked hard but couldn’t come up with the vital goal. Showed promise though.
Came on for Kyle Naughton and immediately brought some power and verve to the Tottenham right side, showing the Spurs fans exactly what they were missing.