For the record, this rating has nothing to do with his injury. Of course, I, like everyone else, wish him a quick and full recovery. Unfortunately, I have to call his performance in the match as poor as it was.
It was the worst I’ve seen the English midfielder play all season. He looked entirely out of his depth against a pretty average Burnley midfield. Almost every touch was loose and he gave the ball away repeatedly. It was an awful performance for Winks and his horrible injury made it even worse.
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In fairness to Winks, it wasn’t as if his Kenyan counterpart was tearing it up out there. Wanyama wasn’t having his best match prior to his injury either.
Unlike Winks, Wanyama was showing real signs of growing into the game as time went on. He had just started to assert his will in the midfield before he went down with a back injury. Wanyama’s performance was on the ascent before he reluctantly left the pitch.
I kept waiting for Sissoko to really kick on, but it never happened. The Tottenham attack regularly looked promising down the right flank until he touched the ball. It’s as if his first touch has lost him since moving to Tottenham.
On the flip side, Sissoko did show the willingness to run down the flank. That isn’t enough for a player of his talent and reputation, but it’s better than nothing.
The Belgian defender was sensational during the second half. His introduction into the match drastically changed the way Spurs were able to play. He simply did what he always does. He showed an incredible ability to carry the ball through traffic and shielded his defenders with equal flair.