Tottenham player ratings vs NS Mura: Kane saves day, Lo Celso grabs chance but Scarlett out of depth

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Harry Kane scored a hat-trick from the bench to ensure Tottenham thrashed NS Mura 5-1 in the Europa Conference League, easing the pressure on Nuno Espirito Santo.

Kane was introduced along with Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura on the hour – underlining Nuno’s fragile confidence – and they both assisted the England captain, who wrapped up a comfortable victory after Mura had halved Spurs’ lead.

The hosts were 2-0 up within eight minutes through Dele Alli’s penalty and Giovani Lo Celso but Ziga Kous pulled one back with a brilliant volley at the start of the second half to spur Nuno into action.

Dan Kilpatrick was at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to rate the Spurs players…

Pierluigi Gollini 6

Powerless to stop Kous’ second-half beauty and otherwise relatively untested on a skiddy, rain-soaked pitch.

Matt Doherty 6

Made a chance for Dele with a back post cross and was involved in Kane’s goal. Occasionally untidy in possession.

Cristian Romero 7

Oozes quality but far bigger tests await as he continues to adapt to his new surroundings.

Joe Rodon 7

Looks comfortable with the ball at his feet, which cannot be said for all Spurs’ centre-backs. You wonder if he will get a chance in the League soon.

Sergio Reguilon 6

Burst forward well on a couple of occasions but wasn’t able to make a meaningful impact in the final third.

Harry Winks 7

Made Lo Celso’s goal with fine forward pass and had plenty of possession as Spurs tried to build attacks through the midfield, rather than bypassing it. Given the quality of the opposition, he might have been more adventurous.

Oliver Skipp 7

Displayed plenty of energy and bite in the middle of the park, and may well have been subbed to save his legs for Aston Villa on Sunday.

Giovani Lo Celso 8

Took his goal superbly with a surge into the box and nice, angled finish but is not a winger. Looked more comfortable when he moved back to the midfield after the introductions of Kane, Son and Lucas, and set-up Kane’s third goal with a fine pass.

Dele Alli 7

Looked happier back at No.10 in a 4-2-3-1 and won the penalty with a trademark burst into the box. He was a little erratic but still looked Spurs’ biggest goal-threat by some distance before he was replaced.

Bryan Gil 6

Lively and looked to take on his man at every opportunity but occasion overrun the ball or headed down blind alleys. A prospect but a work in progress.

Dane Scarlett 5

Showed plenty of nice touches, including a nutmeg and clever dummy but still looks two or three years away from being able to compete at this level physically. And offered next to no goal threat.

Substitutes

Harry Kane (Scarlett 59’) 9

Saved the day with three well-taken goals from the bench. A Champions League player who is way above this level, obviously.

Heung-min Son (Dele 59’) 8

Raced clear of his man to set up Kane’s second goal and wrap up the win.

Lucas Moura (Gil 59’) 8

Made the difference with a defence-splitting pass for Kane’s first goal and added energy and directness to Spurs’ attack.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Skipp 68’) 6

Kept it simple and screened the defence to ensure Mura could not spring a shock.

Emerson Royal (Reguilon 80’) 6

Spared Reguilon’s legs for the final 10 minutes as Spurs saw out the game.

Not used: Austin, Sanchez, Dier, Tanganga, Ndombele, White, Omole.

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