Spurs player ratings from Toronto win: Lamela shines, Davies solid on debut

Osvaldo Azpilicueta Lamela

Spurs took their side to Canada where two former players are now based, and won a game despite throwing away a two goal lead during the game.

Brad Friedel 6.5/10 - Did well to dash off his line with former Spur Jermain Defoe threatening to receive a through ball, looked very comfortable in the first half but was unable to get anywhere near either of the goals in the second period.

Kyle Naughton 6.5/10 - The former Sheffield United defender enjoyed an easy evening in Toronto, giving him the chance to come forward regularly.

Younes Kaboul 7/10 - Marshalled his defence well and was powerful in the air. Also came forward when given the chance, even finding himself on the right wing on one occasion.

Milos Veljkovic 6.5/10 - The young Serb looked very comfortable and confident both positionally and on the ball. If he keeps performing like this he may find himself given chances should Spurs sell Dawson.

Ben Davies 6.5/10 - Looked good coming forward on his debut, seems to get his head up well to see the best option for crossing rather than just lumping the ball into the box.

Etienne Capoue 7/10 - Tracked back well against Toronto forward Gilberto on one occasion. Little to trouble him from central midfield areas, but seemed much stronger than he did against Seattle.

Ryan Mason 6/10 - Another game for the academy graduate, was solid but did little to seize attention. One wild drive from wide that flew over the bar.

Aaron Lennon 7/10 - Displayed some great skill to set up a shot that sailed wide. Great dummy to leave the ball for Lamela as the Argentine swept home.

Christian Eriksen 6.5/10 - Eriksen’s first game of the pre-season, and he looked a little rustier than his teammates. A couple of shots from distance that failed to hit the target. It seemed he, Lennon and Lamela exchanged positions, which worked well against the weak Toronto defence.

Erik Lamela 8.5/10 MOTM - Played behind Soldado and looked dangerous and energetic. Seemed to be given free range and benefitted from it. Had a good chance that he hit straight at Konopka before he really found his feet. Scored a superb first time finish to open the scoring, and then started and finished a superb move for his second. Whisper it, but when he is confident and on form he has a bit of the young Ronaldo about him. If he can bring the good form into the Premier League he will be an important man for Spurs.

Roberto Soldado 6.5/10 - Link up play was strong initially, but then he drifted from the game somewhat. Came back into the game with a good touch and pass to set up Lamela’s second.

Substitutions: (All made at 46’)

Kyle Walker 6/10 - Made his first appearance since the pelvic injury that ruled him out of the World Cup. Did reasonably well, with one great attacking run.

Michael Dawson 5/10 - Must be lacking confidence as again failed to organise the defence sufficiently once Wiedeman made a dangerous run, leaving the youngster with a simple finish. He and Fryers were ball watching for the second goal.

Zeki Fryers 5.5/10 - The youngster made one super sliding challenge when the Toronto forward was through on goal. But he and Dawson failed to deal with the threat of Wiedeman for Toronto’s goal. Caught behind Hamilton for the young forward’s goal. Proved he is no centre back.

Danny Rose 6/10 - Looked a little nervous once the second half started, which may or may not be related to the fact an expensive competitor has just been brought into the club. Whipped in a great cross for Kane that the forward put just wide.

Tom Carroll 5.5/10 - Some decent passing from his central playmaker position, but failed to provide the defensive protection Capoue did.

Lewis Holtby 7.5/10 - Very determined once he took to the field, full of energy and was chasing down well wherever he was on the pitch. The best of the second half batch. Also laid off the ball to Townsend for the key fifth goal.

Iago Falque 6/10 - One of the more dangerous attacking players for Spurs in the second half, though seemed to tire as the half wore on.

Andros Townsend 6/10 - Again looked a little shy of his normal explosive threat, and made a couple of poor decisions when could have been dangerous. Had a late chance that he put volleyed straight at Roberts, the second half Toronto keeper. Did manage to score a superb winner though from the edge of the box.

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Cristian Ceballos 5.5/10 - Promising going forward, but made a sloppy pass to gift possession to Toronto, with the home side then scoring through Andrew Wiedeman. Also screwed a couple of shots wide.

Harry Kane 6/10 - Showed some composure and a good passing range once he came on. Should have scored from Rose’s excellent left field cross.

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