Tottenham player ratings vs West Ham: Excellent Emerson Royal justifies Antonio Conte’s faith

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Tottenham moved into the top four with a 2-0 win over rivals West Ham, sealed by second-half goals from Emerson Royal and substitute Heung-min Son.

After a dour opening 45 minutes, in which the two sides cancelled each other out, Emerson finished coolly from a pass from fellow wing-back Ben Davies.

Son, who scored a hat-trick against Leicester the last time he was a substitute in the Premier League, made the game safe with a trademark burst and finish.

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

Fraser Forster 7

Made a sharp stop to deny Bowen shortly after Emerson’s goal but otherwise untested.

Cristian Romero 7

His trademark crunching challenges were better timed this weekend.

Eric Dier 7

Dealt well with Michail Antonio’s physicality and was composed on the ball.

Clement Lenglet 5

Not particularly assured defensively and gave away a couple of silly fouls in dangerous positions.

Emerson Royal 8

Opened the scoring with a cool finish in another standout display. He is beginning to justify Conte’s faith and has responded superbly to the signing of Pedro Porro.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 8

Unlocked West Ham with an excellent pass to Davies for Emerson’s goal.

Oliver Skipp 7

Combative and energetic, and grew into the game.

Ben Davies 7

Plainly unsuited to being an attacking wing-back but set up the winner with a great run and simple pass to Emerson.

Dejan Kulusevski 7

Much improved in the second half and his pressing created good chances for Richarlison and Kane.

Richarlison 7

Shot too close to Fabianski either side of half-time but was a threat on the half-turn and when running in behind.

Harry Kane 6

Unusually off the pace for most of the game but still produced a moment of class with a fine assist for Son.


Heung-min Son (Richarlison 67’) 8

Doubled Spurs’ lead with a well-taken finish in another super-sub appearance.

Ivan Perisic (Lenglet 78) 7

Got up and down well.

Lucas Moura (Kulusevski) N/A

Made a welcome return from injury.

Pape Matar Sarr (Skipp 90) N/A

Subs not used: Austin, Sanchez, Danjuma, Porro, Tanganga, Lucas, Sarr.