Tottenham player ratings at Huddersfield: Son dazzles for Spurs

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur beats goalkeeper Jonas Loessl of Huddersfield Town as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium on March 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur beats goalkeeper Jonas Loessl of Huddersfield Town as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium on March 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) /
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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 03: Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur and Philip Billing of Huddersfield Town battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium on March 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 03: Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur and Philip Billing of Huddersfield Town battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium on March 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) /

Eric Dier-6.5

Dier was average during this match, but didn’t really do anything to stand out. As I mentioned in the open, Spurs were a little overrun in the midfield during the match’s opening minutes. Dier’s inability to grab a real foothold was problematic for Pochettino.

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His play did improve as the match went on. Still, he tried to do too much to influence his team’s attack. Dier sprayed several long balls out of play that were never likely to find their target. He needs to play the simple pass and let more creative players like Eriksen try to hit the long diagonals.

Mousa Dembele-7

Dembele started the match slowly as well, but he caught up to the pace rather quickly. His physical play in the midfield was a real problem for Huddersfield’s smaller attacking midfielders.

You wouldn’t call this one of Dembele’s best matches, but an average day from him is plenty good enough to overcome a mediocre Premier League side. Pochettino will want more out of him against the likes of Juventus, but he was good enough to get the needed three points today.