Tottenham player ratings vs Forest: Kane has eyes on the World Cup while Spence raises real question

Tottenham were knocked out of the Carabao Cup in meek fashion  (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)
Tottenham were knocked out of the Carabao Cup in meek fashion (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

Tottenham slipped out of the Carabao Cup with a miserable 2-0 third-round defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Harry Kane at least avoided injury with England’s World Cup in mind, but this was a forgettable Spurs showing.

Nick Purewal was at the City Ground to rate the Spurs players:

Fraser Forster 8

Kept Spurs in the contest in the first-half with a string of fine saves.

Matt Doherty 4

Endured a wretched night with his error leading directly to Forest’s first goal.

Davinson Sanchez 5

Failed to impose himself in a defensive line devoid of leadership or direction.

Eric Dier 4

Looked off the pace, tentative and was caught upfield for Forest’s second goal.

Clement Lenglet 4

Part of a miserable defensive showing from Spurs.

Ryan Sessegnon 5

Always an outlet with his pace but failed to make that count.

Oliver Skipp 4

Not nearly busy enough, especially in terms of movement off the ball.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 5

Spurs’ midfield was way too flat and square, with Hojbjerg as culpable as anyone else.

Yves Bissouma 7

The pick of a poor bunch, probing on the ball, pressing off it.

Ivan Perisic 5

A very quiet night from an experienced stager who surely knows better

Harry Kane (capt) 5

Had his eyes quite clearly on the World Cup. Perhaps the only man who could be excused given his usual quality.

Harry Kane made a surprise start at the City Ground (Getty Images)
Harry Kane made a surprise start at the City Ground (Getty Images)

Substitutes:

Rodrigo Bentancur (Hojbjerg 45) 6

Tried to inject energy and inspiration but could not spark Spurs.

Richarlison (Kane 59) 5

Looked rusty as he steps up return after injury.

Bryan Gil (Skipp 59) 5

Sent in to add pace and dynamism but failed to drag Spurs back into proceedings.

Dejan Kulusevski (Perisic 59) 5

Another to struggle to hit the pace of the night as Forest dominated.

Djed Spence (Doherty 65) 6

Kept himself busy and did enough to raise the genuine question of why he did not start.

Subs not used: Lloris, Emerson Royal, Japhet Tanganga, Pape Sarr.