Tottenham player ratings: Bale ineffective; Son lost without Kane


ottenham fell to a 1-0 defeat to Brighton at the Amex Stadium to leave major questions over the direction of their season and Jose Mourinho’s management.

Leandro Trossard’s first-half strike was enough to give Brighton a first home win of the season and deepen Spurs’ worries, particularly while Harry Kane remains sidelined.

Dan Kilpatrick was at the Amex to run the rule over Spurs…

Made a smart save to claw Ben White’s deflected effort off the line as Brighton looked for a second. Powerless to stop Trossard’s goal.

Brighton’s goal came down his side, although Davies was directly responsible. Pushed and pulled out of position but hard not to feel for him at the moment.

Denied Brighton a certain second goal with a brilliant goal-line block from Aaron Connolly. Also made an important challenge on Alexis Mac Allister but was uncharacteristically sloppy on the ball.

The half-time fall guy, replaced by Vinicius as Mourinho ripped up his system at the break for the second game running. Played his part in a haphazard opening 45 minutes.

Completely ineffectual as a wing-back and and effort was unusually lacking on occasion. Spurs missed him in the middle, though.

Overrun in the midfield, particularly after Ndombele went off, but too often allowed Mac Allister to get shots off from outside the box.

Created Spurs’ only opportunity of the first half with a brilliant wriggle past three players but was frequently outnumbered and had too much to do.

Caught the wrong side of both Pascal Gross and the goalscorer Trossard for Brighton’s opener. Another costly individual error. Did not offer any thrust as a wing-back.

A few bright moments in the early stages aside, the superstar was ineffective and off the pace again.

Often an important cog but offered no threat to Brighton’s defence. Shunted around the pitch as Mourinho made changes in the second half.

Looked lost without Harry Kane and barely posed a threat in the final third. Hard to fault his effort but frequently lost possession.

Carlos Vinicius (Sanchez 45’) 7

Added a focal point to Spurs’ attack and went closest to an equaliser, forcing Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez into a fine save at full stretch. Have to wonder why he didn’t start.

Lucas Moura (Bale 61’) 6

Added some pace and urgency down the right flank but too often ran into blind alleys.

Erik Lamela (Ndombele 74’) 5

Tried his luck with a free-kick from distance but his biggest contribution was a crunching challenge on the edge of his own penalty area.

Subs not used: Doherty, Winks, Hart, Dier, Tanganga, Devine.

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