There’s a buzz around Tottenham Hotspur once again after what has been a decidedly mixed and messy season for the north London club.
The arrival of Antonio Conte following the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo has shaken up the players, the fans and the club as a whole.
The basic numbers in the Premier League show a team that has won five games, lost five games and drawn one. That draw was Conte’s first league match in charge at Everton on Sunday.
In Europe as well the performances have been mixed, while Tottenham are through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, where they will face West Ham.
The mixed nature of the season so far is reflected in our player ratings for the campaign so far and it’s worth noting that the ratings are to do with those players expectations due to the previous standards set and their current performances, rather than being a tool to compare them with other team-mates. Each mark is an individual thing.
For some of the younger players who only got a small amount of game time in the European matches, we’ve not rated them but instead spoken about their performance and prospects.
Let’s start from the back.
It’s been a strange start to the season for the Frenchman. In some games he hasn’t had too much to do, particularly early in the season, and there’s been little he could do about the goals that were conceded. He’s pulled off some excellent saves in some games and it’s tough to criticise the captain, who won the Nations League with France, too much for the team’s struggles in front of him. 7.5
Still finding his feet and Tottenham and despite some iffy moments with those feet, he hasn’t really been tested much so it’s tough to form too much of an opinion. 5.5
It took the Brazilian a couple of weeks to settle in but he’s now putting in some consistent performances. The move to wing-back under Conte will test his attacking credentials. 7
One of the stars of the start to the season with a man of the match display against Manchester City, but he hasn’t been selected in a Premier League game since September. Could get more chances in the back three under the new boss. 6
Finally got his first Premier League minutes of the season on Sunday after four starts in Europe. Didn’t catch the eye but he’ll be hoping that a return to wing-back revitalises him. 4
An impressive start to the season which earned him a Premier League Player of the Month nomination. There have been mistakes here and there since but this has been his best campaign for a while as he’s tried to lead an often changing defence. 7
The Colombian had a great start to the season but that isolation following the international break disrupted his rhythm and despite a couple of good performances in the cups, he’s not got back into contention in the Premier League. 6.5
Like Emerson, he’s starting to settle in now his knee injury is behind him and his quality is clear to see. There have been a couple of rash moments, not least the red card against Vitesse, but with his ability on the ball and his aggressive defending, he’s only going to get better. His isolation after his Argentina call-up did nobody any favours but he’s going to be the long-term future of this Tottenham defence. 7.5
It’s been a tough time for the Welshman, hampered by an injury early in the season and thrown into the chaotic Premier League game at Crystal Palace. Rodon hasn’t done much wrong in the five games he’s played in and he will be hoping for more chances in Conte’s back three. 6
Just the one performance from Carter-Vickers before he headed off to Celtic on loan. He had a tough day at the office in Portugal with some nervy moments on the deck and in the air before injuring his ankle late on. He’s now making a real impact for the Glaswegian side. N/A
The 18-year-old Estonia international made his competitive debut for Spurs in the final minutes at Pacos, replacing Carter-Vickers. Big moment for him. N/A
A mixed start to the season from the Spaniard, who looked better in his defending early in the season but has struggled to impress since. Now he admits he has to learn how to play as a wing-back and his work with Conte during this international break will be crucial. 6
Never one who will be a favourite with sections of the fanbase, but he’s got 10 games under his belt already this season and Conte immediately put him into his side on the left side of the back three. It’s his role for Wales and he looked better there for Spurs than in his left-back showings. 5.5
Two European appearances for the young wide man, in a wing-back role in Portugal and then a winger one in the return leg. There were glimpses of what he can do, with some good link-up play with Gil, but not enough and then the hamstring problem returned. He’s closing in on his return and the wing-back role will suit him perfectly, but he needs to get past these injury issues. 4
At first the Dane picked up where he left off at the Euros with some excellent all-round performances for Spurs in the engine room in the early games. He’s made more successful tackles than anyone else in the Premier League this season and he’s got two goals and one assist to his name, but his recent performances, often his passing, have been less consistent than his usual high standards – something he is not alone in – and that’s why his mark is lower than normal. 7
Back from winning the Championship title with Norwich and straight into Nuno Espirito Santo’s starting line-up. The 20-year-old has had a breakthrough season in a Spurs shirt and his absence was notable in the run of defeats to Chelsea and Arsenal, following his one poor showing against Palace. Other than that he’s really pushed his claims and Conte already loves him. That his mark is higher than others is in relation to what he and most would have hoped for this season and he’s probably exceeded that. 8
The 25-year-old was given a new role by Espirito Santo in the midfield three and he worked hard to try to impress, scoring twice with one assist, but his performances dipped and he has not started a Premier League game since being taken off at half-time at the Emirates in September. Conte has said the door is open for Alli to impress and get opportunities but where he fits into the Italian’s system is another thing. 5.5
Another player who finds himself in the same position as he was last season and he’s mixed a couple of good European performances with some iffy ones. Winks admitted that he may have to consider his future in January. That was before Conte came in and he was good from the bench against Vitesse in the Italian’s first game but he’s started just one Premier League match this season. He’s behind both Hojbjerg and Skipp in the pecking order. It’s been another tough one for Winks. 5
The young midfielder got 45 minutes before leaving the action in Portugal. We’re not going to judge him on so little pitch time just yet but he’ll get more minutes this season. N/A
Wanted to leave in the summer and didn’t appear on the pitch until September. He refocused and showed some flashes of what he can do, scoring good goals against both Wolves and Newcastle, but he’s yet to find the consistency he was showing at points in the middle of last season. How Conte uses him will be key. He’s capable of so much more. 5.5
Giovani Lo Celso
The Argentine hasn’t found his rhythm yet, not helped by that isolation period after the first international break. Like Ndombele, where Conte chooses to use him, in a deeper role or as a number ten, could prove to be crucial. He needs to contribute more in the final third. He’s got the ability to. 5
The summer signing from Sevilla is yet to really settle in and show what he can do. He’s been bright in moments and grabbed his first assist for the club with a pass to Kane for the opening goal against Pacos at home. His tactical awareness and positioning still needs to be developed and his recent injury slowed his progress. 5.5
The Brazilian is such a difficult player to judge. On one hand he never stops trying for the team, he’s had some eye-catching games and his ability to run with the ball creates chances out of nothing. However, his decision making in the final third often lets him down and he’s got no goals or assists in the Premier League from his 10 appearances this season. Once again it’s been the cups where he’s contributed in that sense with two goals and one assist. 6.5
Just nine minutes to his name but a big moment for the young winger when he came off the bench in Portugal. He’s now at Crewe Alexandra on loan and the experience will have served him well. N/A
Made his debut in the away game at Vitesse in the Europa Conference League, creating history as the first ever British Asian – as well as the first player of Indian descent – to play in a competitive game for Spurs’ men’s first team. He’s been superb for the development squad in the past 12 months and more than deserved the opportunity. N/A
It was a familiar story for Bergwijn early in the season with excellent performances on the whole that were just missing that final shot past the goalkeeper in the box. He grabbed an assist for Son against City, set up chances for others at Wolves, including that incredible moment of skill down the touchline. However, an ankle injury on international duty interrupted his season and rhythm and now he’s trying to get it back. 5.5
The former Leeds winger got 45 minutes to his name after coming off the bench for the second half in Portugal. He’s got a battle on his hands to get noticed ahead of the numbers of wingers Spurs have. N/A
When Tottenham need Son Heung-min, he’ll often be there. He seemed to enjoy being the main attraction in Kane’s absence and in the wake of his new four-year deal. He’s got five goals to his name and two assists but what will scare opposition defences is that he hasn’t been anywhere near his best yet. He drifted out of some games but he’s still contributed more than most in front of goal. 7
The 17-year-old has got a few appearances under his belt in Europe but it’s too difficult to judge him with the service into him being almost non-existent. N/A
It’s been a mess of a season for Kane, yet somehow he’s still the team’s top scorer with seven goals and with two assists as well. However, after the summer saga and his off the pace performances at times in the Premier League, with just one goal in the competition, it’s difficult to see the positives from the campaign so far for him. His mark might seem harsh compared to others as he does have those goals in the cup competitions, but in terms of meeting his own standards he’s so far below them and that’s what the mark represents. Conte loves him so hopefully that will soon change. 5.5
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