Tottenham player ratings vs Sheffield United: Ndombele shines, Rodon and returning Bergwijn impress

Dan Kilpatrick
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(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Tanguy Ndombele’s brilliant goal helped Spurs to a 3-1 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

The Frenhman’s flick restored the visitors’ two-goal lead shortly after David McGoldrick had pulled one back for the Premier League’s basement club.

Goals from Serge Aurier and Harry Kane had put Spurs in command at the interval, as Jose Mourinho’s side returned to winning ways in the Premier League.

Dan Kilpatrick was at Bramall Lane to assess the Tottenham players…

Hugo Lloris 7

Powerless to prevent McGoldrick’s goal and otherwise solid. His distribution was unusually good and he started counter-attacks with early balls for Aurier and Bergwijn.

Joe Rodon 8

Making his second Premier League start, the Welshman was very impressive, making a vital clearing challenge on McGoldrick at 1-0.

Eric Dier 6

Made two vital blocks from McGoldrick but should he have done better for the Blades’ goal? Probably, although the forward was Davies’ man.

Ben Davies 6

Always looks comfortable in a back three but beaten in the air by McGoldrick, which might have proved costly were it not for Ndombele.

Serge Aurier 7

Did not have as much freedom to get forward as Reguilon on the left but made the most of his time in the penalty box with a rare headed goal. His crossing, which was so good against Fulham, was inconsistent.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 8

Won the ball high up the pitch and fed Kane for the all-important second goal. Kept the visitors ticking over and was as tenacious as always.

Sergio Reguilon 8

With the shackles off, he was great to watch haring up the left flank and put in some important challenges at the back.

Tanguy Ndombele 9

Settled Spurs’ nerves with an outrageous third goal, which will be hard to top this season. It wasn’t the only sublime moment of skill from the Frenchman, who the Blades struggled to pick up.

Steven Bergwijn 8

The returning Dutchman played a big part in the first and third goals and worked his socks off. Spurs just look better when he’s in the side.

Heung-min Son 7

Put in the corner for Aurier’s goal but squandered a chance 1v1 with Aaron Ramsdale soon after. Put in a couple of really dangerous crosses for Kane in the first half.

Harry Kane 8

Made his goal look easy but it really wasn’t. Not at his very sharpest in the final third, firing over late on, but there’s an eight-day rest until Wycombe next Monday.

Substitutes

Lucas Moura (Bergwijn 87’) N/A

Spared Bergwijn’s legs for the final few minutes as Spurs saw out the win.

Carlos Vinicius (Son 90’) N/A

Very short cameo.

Davinson Sanchez (Reguilon 90’) N/A

Even shorter cameo.

Subs not used: Hart, Alderweireld, Gedson, Sissoko, Lamela, Bale.