Spurs dodged a bullet on Zaha… on this form he’s not worth 80m lira

first_imgWHO says Tottenham always struggle against top-four opposition?Their 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace – who started the day fourth in the Premier League table – would have been a great relief to all those with Lilywhite blood running through their veins following their shaky start to the season.2 Wilfried Zaha had a shocker against Spurs after being linked with a moveJust one win and two draws was no cure for their Champions League Final hangover.With all the transfer windows now shut, Mauricio Pochettino told his Spurs stars in a one-hour meeting on their return from international duty on Thursday that their campaign started now – and boy was the manager right.They looked like a totally different team as they put this game to bed long before half-time with arguably their best top-flight performance of 2019.That is because unlike most previous Prem matches this year they started on the front foot, with pace from the very first whistle.Any Tottenham fan will tell you their team are at their best when their tempo is high.SPURS RATINGSHUGO LLORIS 7THE Tottenham keeper was a virtual spectator and did not have a serious save to make until the 43rd minute.His biggest challenge was staying awake.SERGE AURIER 8THE right-back was excellent going forward as he had a hand in the second and third goals. One of his best displays for Spurs.TOBY ALDERWEIRELD 9LOOKED far more assured with his pal Jan Vertonghen beside him, and hit some lovely passes, including the assist for the opener.JAN VERTONGHEN 7ENJOYED a very comfortable afternoon as Palace offered little in attack, which meant he could play the ball out at the back with ease.DANNY ROSE 7WITH not much to concern him in defence, the England left-back supported his team-mates well in attack, but was not as effectiveAurier on the other flank.HARRY WINKS 7LINKED defence and attack well and turned the ball over the quickly to ensure his side remained on the front foot throughout.MOUSSA SISSOKO 7FOR once the Frenchman was not the one who had to provide ALL of the energy for Spurs as it was shared around. But he still contributed.SON HEUNG-MIN 9THE South Korean just loves playing against Palace. After scoring the stadium’s first-ever goal against them last season, he struck another two here – including a stunning volley.ERIK LAMELA 6HE may have got on the scoresheet but it was another average display from the Argentine who must start showing he is a senior player soon.CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN 6THE Danish playmaker looks as though his contract situation is getting to him.He is a shadow of his former self – as was shown by hisstoppage time free-kick, which sailed yards over the bar.HARRY KANE 7THERE cannot be many games when Tottenham have scored this many and he has not been on the scoresheet.But he was still a threat and provided the cross for Lamela to net the fourth.SUBSTANGUY NDOMBELE (for Winks 67) 5.THE record signing only had to keep Spurs ticking over as the game was already won.BEN DAVIES (for Rose 76) 5THE Welsh defender must be closing in on a return as Rose is looking like he could do with a breather.LUCAS MOURA (for Kane 85) 5THE Brazilian had little time to make an impact in his brief cameo up front.SUBS NOT USED: Gazzaniga, Wanyama, Dier, Alli.Too many times in recent weeks and months their sluggish start has set the tone for the rest of the game.But they came haring out of the traps against the Eagles, who were admittedly awful all over the park.And there cannot be many occasions when Tottenham have routed a team without Harry Kane getting on the scoresheet.But it was Son Heung-min who took centre stage in attack as he scored twice – including a stunning volley for his second.Equally pleasing for boss Poch, his players and fans would have been their first clean sheet of the season.And an added bonus was the performance of Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham on several occasions in the past.2THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itOn this evidence, Spurs dodged a bullet there.The Palace playmaker has been ludicrously over-valued by his club and representatives at £80m.The way he performed here, he would not even be worth 80million Lira!ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big onelast_img

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