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Son's remarkable numbers, Romero rise - Tottenham players and Postecoglou rated for the season

Tottenham Hotspur's first season under Ange Postecoglou has come to a close and it's time to rate the players and the head coach himself for what they did.

Spurs lost Harry Kane on the eve of the season and then battled through an injury and suspension list, not to mention international absences, that was often in double figures during the campaign, yet ended up fifth in their first year of Postecoglou's tenure, which brought with it highs and lows.

Now, it's time to look back over the entire campaign and rate all of the players who got first team minutes under the Australian. As always, our ratings are based on the expectation for each player - ours and theirs - rather than to be used as a tool to compare them against each other. For those who have played less than 90 minutes, we've simply spoken about them rather than rated them. We have also rated Postecoglou's first season in charge at the end of it all.

Let's start with the goalkeepers.

Guglielmo Vicario

A very strong first season for the club when you take everything into account. The Italian came from a very different league, where he also wasn't called upon to use his feet for too much short passing and he had to fill the gloves of a goalkeeper in Hugo Lloris who had been in place for 11 years. Yet Vicario played every minute of every single Premier League match this season, becoming only the 12 Spurs player to do that. He was assured with his hands and feet, making spectacular saves which saw him nominated most months for the Premier League Save of the Month award. There was a little period in the new year when teams began targeting him at set pieces with a blocker but a combination of him adapting, his team-mates protecting him and referees spotting the fouls on him mostly ended that. The Italian deserved more than the seven clean sheets he got but that's more about what happened in front of him. You couldn't ask for a much better first season from an assured goalkeeper in a new and very different league. 9

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Fraser Forster

Just one appearance for Spurs this season in the Carabao Cup exit at Fulham. He couldn't do much about Van de Ven's own goal but produced a fine one-handed save to stop Muniz's header and also denied the striker at his near post, before making a good save late on to stop Wilson from scoring a winner. He couldn't get anywhere near any of Fulham's penalties though as Spurs exited the cup. The 35-year-old was handed a new two-year contract in December but then suffered a fractured foot that ended his campaign early. Brandon Austin's new five-year contract suggests he might have competition for the back-up spot to Vicario. 5

Pedro Porro

A much, much better season for the Spaniard as the Postecoglou system suited him down to the ground. He managed 11 goal involvements in 37 matches - four goals including a couple of rockets and seven assists. There's been the odd wobble at the back in a couple of games although his defending has been vastly improved, while the assists dried up completely from January onwards, but on whole the 24-year-old was a major positive this season. With 3,272 minutes he played more than any other outfield player across the campaign. 8

Emerson Royal

The Brazilian scored in the opening match at Brentford with a fine low drive but struggled for starts for much of the rest of the season, other than showing his versatility by filling in as a centre-back for six matches and he did a sterling job in an unnatural position. He played 24 games for Spurs and was there when they've needed him even if the inverted full-back role did not suit him. 6

Cristian Romero

The Argentine's best season so far for the club and his most consistent, with 34 appearances and five goals to his name as he became a real force at the other end of the pitch. The decision by Postecoglou to make the 26-year-old a vice-captain was a masterstroke. Yes, there was that daft red card at Chelsea but his discipline vastly improved and Romero only missed two Premier League games due to injury. The defence still needs work within this new system but Romero was a big positive and a leader this season and he loves the Postecoglou system which gives him licence to pass and roam. 8.5

Micky van de Ven

The 23-year-old Dutchman was one of the young stars of this Premier League season and you can't help but wonder where Spurs would have finished had Van de Ven not missed two-and-a-half months with a hamstring injury. He fitted in seamlessly to the pace and physicality of the Premier League and soon became the fastest recorded player in the competition's history. His pace makes the Postecoglou high line work as he can mop up behind it. He netted three goals with some lovely finishes and had a spell at left-back in the final games of the campaign. He night have got full marks if he hadn't missed 10 Premier League games this season through injury, even if that wasn't exactly his fault. 9

Radu Dragusin

The 22-year-old Romanian ended up making nine appearances for the club and looked more and more assured with each passing game. The only game where he had a tougher time of it was at Fulham, but with a defence and midfield that was all over the place around him on his full debut. A promising end to the season with plenty to look forward to. 7

Davinson Sanchez

The Colombian left for Galatasaray in a £12.8million deal back in September but he played well before that when he was thrown in for Romero early on at Brentford. He did have a tough first half in the Carabao Cup at Fulham before improving in the second period only for his night to end with that saved penalty in the shoot-out which he was brave enough to step up and take but unfortunately ended up being his final moment as a Spurs player. 5

Eric Dier

Dier has now said his farewell to Tottenham and will become a Bayern Munich player this summer after making just four appearances this season for Spurs, getting only 198 minutes of football. Postecoglou's high line just did not suit him and his time at Tottenham came to an end before a decade of service was up. He's settled in well in Germany and has restarted his career there. 5

Destiny Udogie

The 21-year-old was shortlisted for the Premier League's Young Player of the Season award. He had a terrific introduction to Premier League life after, like Vicario, coming from a very different league in which he played a very different role for Udinese. Udogie contributed two goals and three assists while raiding up and down the left flank and learning to play centrally in the inverted role Postecoglou demands. That red card against Chelsea and then the fifth yellow card and subsequent second suspension of the season were the main blots on his copybook and he is still learning as a young player. He earned a bumper new deal this season before the quadriceps injury that ended his season and there is so much more to come from him. 8.5

Ben Davies

Reduced to a supporting role due to the displays of Udogie, but he stepped up superbly as a makeshift centre-back when Romero and Van de Ven were both out, playing in a cobbled together backline that had lost its two key men. He played in 10 straight games in the role, garnering praise aplenty, not least from Postecoglou, before succumbing to a hamstring injury just as Romero and Van de Ven returned when his work for the time being was done. Like Emerson, the inverted role might not suit him but he was there when the team needed him. 7

Ryan Sessegnon

Back for seven minutes against Burnley after 11 months out of the game before another injury for the 24-year-old for the U21s ended his season and he will now leave the club as a free agent this summer after Spurs declined to take up the option to extend his contract by another year. N/A

Yves Bissouma

A season of two halves for the Mali international. Bissouma was superb to begin with as Postecoglou seemed to get the very best out of him. Then came that red card at Kenilworth Road. After that day in October, he struggled to rediscover that early season form consistently and discipline became an issue with two red cards and eight yellows in total although only seven officially counted which meant three periods of suspension and six games missed, not including those he missed while at the Africa Cup of Nations. It was still a better season for him than last time around but it could have been so much more. 7

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had a key role to play in Tottenham's 3-2 win over Brentford
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had a key role to play in Tottenham's 3-2 win over Brentford -Credit:Nigel French/Sportsphoto/Allstar via Getty Images

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Reduced to a supporting role, both on and off the pitch, the Dane still made 39 appearances this season. Hojbjerg contributed with experience whenever he came off the bench in the Premier League, including playing in defence in that chaotic clash against Chelsea. The Postecoglou system doesn't completely suit him and made him look awkward at times but he gave his all and helped secure a number of positive results. 7

Rodrigo Bentancur

The Uruguayan returned earlier than expected from his cruciate ligament injury and then in his first start was on the end of a poor Matty Cash tackle that damaged his ankle ligaments. Again Bentancur volunteered to come back early to help the team. He only played 25 times this season and only started to regain his sharpness after so long out towards the end of the campaign, but he contributed, most notably with his goalscoring display at Old Trafford. By his own standards he's nowhere near where he was, but he'll get there soon enough with the warrior-like effort that got him back from those injuries. 6.5

James Maddison

Maddison was the signing of the summer in the Premier League until his ankle injury in November and had been a breath of fresh air for Spurs with his attitude, leadership and his ability, so much so that Postecoglou named him as one of the team's vice-captains. He ended the season with nine assists and four goals but there was a big drop off in his performances after returning from injury until the final couple of matches as he struggled to find his stride again. The midfielder will be looking for a more consistent and injury-free campaign next time around. 7.5

Pape Matar Sarr

Like Udogie, it's remarkable that Sarr is only 21-years-old, such has been his adaptation to the Premier League and the Postecoglou way with his movement, energy and reading of the game. He got three goals and three assists in the Premier League but was involved in the build-up to plenty more goals. He earned a big, long-term new contract with Spurs and overall it's been a fantastic season for him with only the odd dip expected from such a young player. The young Senegal international is only going to get better and better. 8

Oliver Skipp

It's been a difficult season for the 23-year-old who has mostly had to settle for minutes here and there from the bench and even a brief foray as a left-back late in the campaign. Naturally a number six, Skipp has never really had the chance to play there, instead having to adapt to being a number eight. He was excellent in the draw at Manchester United despite having been ill in that week but he's had little to work with this season and desperately needs a loan and regular football to continue his development. 5.5

Giovani Lo Celso

The Argentine got his season up and running in November after a hamstring injury and scored in back-to-back games against Villa and Manchester City and then got two assists against Bournemouth. He put in some good performances during that spell but it's ultimately been another season fragmented by a lack of chances and injury and he didn't get many minutes in the second half of the campaign. Like Skipp, he made 24 appearances, but he only started four Premier League games across the entire season. 5.5

Dejan Kulusevski

An odd season for the Swede. Kulusevski was Spurs' third top scorer with eight goals but only laid on three assists in his 39 games, which is low for a player who provided so many after arriving at the club. He has been involved in many more goals, creating more chances than anyone else at Spurs, yet it doesn't feel like he's been near his best for much of the campaign. He's still only 24 and nobody can question his work rate and desire to progress. If he can make himself even more unpredictable to defenders and find his consistency again, then he will improve and reach new levels. 7

Manor Solomon

The 24-year-old did not play a minute after that knee operation in September, which required two follow-up surgeries to fix further issues. The Israel international had a bright first Premier League start for Spurs at Burnley with two assists for Son after struggling to make an impact in the Carabao Cup match at Fulham. He was positive and hard-working from the bench in the next three games but in all it's been a really disappointing campaign for the injured winger. 4.5

Brennan Johnson

With 15 goal involvements from his first 35 Premier League games for the club - 10 assists and five goals - it's been a decent return for the 23-year-old in his debut campaign at a new club with high levels of expectancy after a hamstring injury fragmented his start to life at the club. There's plenty to work on with his inconsistent finishing and decision-making but Postecoglou really likes him and you can see why as the system should bring out the best of the young Wales international as he continues to learn and develop. 7.5

Bryan Gil

Gil missed the start of the season under Postecoglou and made 12 appearances, including two starts. The 23-year-old never grabbed his opportunity and you have to wonder why he didn't take the chance to get more game time on loan at Brighton after they came in for him in January. 5

Ivan Perisic

Now at Hajduk Split and set to join them permanently, it's a shame Postecoglou was robbed of Perisic's services because the Croatian brought his experience to the pitch late in matches from the bench early on and contributed an assist at Fulham for Richarlison's goal and also unofficially one that led to the second goal against United before finding Richarlison again in added time against Sheffield United. 6

Jamie Donley

A fantastic double trophy-winning season for the U21s with assists and goals aplenty, Donley was rewarded with three assured Premier League appearances and one in the FA Cup, all from the bench. There's a lot more to come from the teenager, although he may need a loan move first to open that door. N/A

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Timo Werner

The German provided six goal involvements, including forcing Murillo's own goal in the game against Forest, in his 12 Premier League matches before a hamstring injury ended his season early. There have been some horrendous misses, notably against Crystal Palace and Fulham, but on the whole Werner fitted the Postecoglou system well with his direct play, ability to beat his man and get low crosses into that six-yard box and he will now return for another season at the club on loan. 6.5

Dane Scarlett

The 20-year-old striker ended up making seven appearances for Tottenham following a disappointing loan at Ipswich. Another season of learning for the young forward but only 69 minutes in all to his name for Spurs across the campaign. N/A

Richarlison

After a mixed start to the season Richarlison spoke bravely about his issues off the pitch and had an operation on his pubic bone which he had been suffering with for a while. From then on, free from pain, he began to hit his stride for Spurs with 12 goals and four assists from his 31 Premier League matches across the season. His defensive work, particularly from set pieces, also often goes under the radar. By his own standards, it's been a better season but he's still missed too many games through injury, particularly during the business end of the season since the start of March. 7.5

Alejo Veliz

The young Argentine got 41 minutes across eight appearances and did grab his first goal for the club in the defeat at Brighton. Veliz suffered a knee injury against Bournemouth which kept him out before a loan move to Sevilla, which proved a disaster with almost half the minutes he got at Spurs. N/A

Son Heung-min

Son managed 27 goal involvements in 36 matches for Spurs across the season and wasn't even at his best for periods. He took to the captaincy with aplomb and was a real leader for the club on and off the pitch. You can add another nine goals and three assists for South Korea if you want in a season which has therefore brought 39 goal involvements in all for club and country when used in a couple of different positions. Not his best season by a long stretch and he's looked tired and overplayed at times around the Asian Cup but he's still contributed so much in the final third. 8

Mikey Moore

Just 16-years-old and he's already come off the bench twice in the Premier League. It's very, very early days for him but an exciting future hopefully lies ahead for the teenager if he keeps working hard. N/A

And the manager

Ange Postecoglou

There's been undoubted progress under Ange Postecoglou. He inherited a mess, lost the club's talismanic best player and record goalscorer on the eve of the season and suffered key injuries galore from November onwards, yet finished the campaign with more points than last season, more goals scored, fewer conceded and finished three places higher up the table in a fifth spot that most fans would have grabbed at the start of the season if offered and he brought European football back to the club.

The Australian was the first person to win the Premier League Manager of the Month award in all three of their first months in the competition and the recruitment he spearheaded - particularly in the summer without a director of football - and again in January has been some of the most logical and effective the club has had in years.

The style of football has been far better than the eyesores served up last season, even with the odd game in recent months when they've completely gone off the boil and struggled to create, something that will happen with a team adapting to a very different system.

There have been disappointments as you would expect in the first year of a complete rebuild. The cup runs were short and not so sweet and the form after that disastrous Chelsea game in November has never really matched what came before it, although injuries and suspensions played their part in ruining that rhythm. The tactics have occasionally looked one dimensional and the end of the season was also very poor as Tottenham ran out of steam despite a term with just one more than the minimum number of games possible.

However, with everything Postecoglou has had to tackle and rebuild from within, trying to change the mentality inside and outside the beleaguered club, he's already achieved plenty to build the foundations for what he expects to be a big season next time around.

Despite what people might think, the Australian will continue to adapt himself and his system to the heightened demands of the Premier League and even with the disappointing elements of this season, there has been plenty of growth at a broken club that had lost its way. 8

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