Tottenham player ratings: Lo Celso stars as Kane joins 200 Club


ottenham put last week’s Europa League defeat to Royal Antwerp behind them with a comfortable 3-1 win over Ludogorets in Bulgaria.

Harry Kane scored his 200th Spurs goal on his 300th appearance for the club and set up Lucas Moura before being replaced at half-time.  

Giovani Lo Celso restored the visitors’ two-goal lead in the second half after Claudiu Keseru halved the deficit for the hosts. 

Dan Kilpatrick delivers his verdict on how the players performed. 

Could have set up a deck chair in the first half but was rooted to the spot as the ball dropped to Keseru and was powerless to stop the volley. Produced a special pass for Bergwijn in the second half. 

Added urgency on the right and forced a save from the goalkeeper. Untested defensively, save for a smart clearing header at the back post. 

Looked uncomfortable at one point when he was forced to backtrack by Dominik Yankov. But so much more assured with and without the ball than Davinson Sanchez. 


Bizarrely started appealing for offside before Kerusu had struck the ball for Ludogorets’ goal. Did not look in command as Ludogorets enjoyed chances after the break.

Sloppy. Dived in for the Ludogorets goal and was wasteful in the final third.

Giovani Lo Celso 8 | Star Man

At the heart of everything but just appeared to be lacking sharpness in the final third before wrapping up the win with the third goal. Getting back to last season’s levels.

Surprisingly sprayed a number of Hollywood balls around the midfield and was as busy as ever. Replaced at half-time to save him for West Brom, underlining his importance to Mourinho. 

Blew hot and cold. Set up Kane with super pass in the second minute and was more positive and urgent than in recent weeks. But still looked jittery at times. 

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Made Kane’s opening goal and scored a tap in from the striker’s cross. Perhaps it’s unfair but looks to have found his level in the Europa League and is hugely effective in this competition. 

Growing sharper and more confident with every game. His pre-assist for Lucas’ goal was particularly tasty and was involved in a lot of quick passing moves. 

Reached 200 Spurs goals on his 300th appearance and bagged his 10th assist of the season for Lucas. Could and should have increased both tallies before being hooked at half-time, his job done. 


Carlos Vinicius (Kane 45′) 5 

Should really have scored within minutes of his introduction but blazed over the bar from Lo Celso’s cross. Looks short of confidence already but it will come. 

Pierre-Emile Hojberg (Sissoko 45′) 7 

A typically committed performance after replacing Sissoko at the interval and was effective at both ends of the pitch. Drove forward for Lo Celso’s goal. 

Heung-min Son (Lucas 62′) 7 

Took just 17 seconds to register an assist, squaring for Lo Celso with his first touch. Also unselfish in trying to nod into the path of Vinicius afterwards. 

Steven Bergwijn (Bale 65′) 7 

Threatened to better Son by scoring with his first touch but dragged his effort just wide. Looked eager to impress after being hooked at half-time in Belgium and was involved in plenty.

Tanguy Ndombele (Lo Celso 72′) 6 

Played the final 20 minutes as Spurs wound down the clock in Bulgaria.

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