Tottenham player ratings vs Wolfsberger: Bale’s still got it


ottenham have one foot in the Europa League last-16 after a 4-1 win over Austrian side Wolfsberger in Bupadest.

Son Heung-min, Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura gave Spurs a commanding lead at half-time but Wolfsberger pulled a goal back from the penalty spot.

Half-time substitute Carlos Vinicius made the came safe late on, leaving Spurs with a simple task at home in next week’s second leg.

Here is how we rated the Spurs players…

Showed his class after a difficult week with a superb one-handed save in the first half. Powerless to prevent the penalty.

A potentially confidence-boosting performance with the ball and played a key part in the opening goal, proving the pass for Bale.

Enjoyed Wolfsberger’s high press in the first half, which allowed him to send raking balls over the top towards Son and Dele. Occasionally shaky at the back.

Went largely unnoticed, surely a sign he did his job well. The most vocal defender again.

Wasteful in possession but has played practically every minute while Sergio Reguilon has been sidelined, so perhaps deserves to be cut some slack.

Let himself down with a clumsy foul to concede the penalty, allowing Wolfsberger a lifeline when Spurs were cruising.

Neat and tidy, and occasionally decisive with the ball. Like Bale and Dele, felt like he needed to take his chance to impress.

Assisted Son’s opener with a fine cross and offered a reminder of his enduring quality with a brilliant turn and goal. Now important he builds rhythm against West Ham on Sunday.

An encouraging return to the XI for the first time since January 10. Looked like he was enjoying his football again, particularly with a cheeky nutmeg in the first half, and was a threat in the box throughout.

Beat three defenders to score a wonderful solo goal.

Scored an early goal to set Spurs on the way to victory and potentially turn around his own stuttering form. Hooked at half-time to save him for West Ham.

Carlos Vinicius (Son 45’) 7

Did next to month until poking home the fourth goal from close range. Seems to come alive in the six-yard box. That’s what he’s there for!

Steven Bergwijn (Lucas 65’) 6

Lively and might have won a penalty but missed a decent chance as his woes in front of goal continued.

Erik Lamela (Bale 65’) 7

Looked keen to make an impression again and got an assist with a flick header for Vinicius.

Tanguy Ndombele (Dele 78’) 6

Late cameo as Spurs cruised to victory.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Sissoko 78’) 6

Added some control to the midfield for the final 15 minutes.

Subs not used: Sanchez, Hart, Tanganga, Whiteman, Bowden, Scarlett, Lavinier.

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