Tottenham closed their season on a high note, defeating Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday. The win, combined with Liverpool's loss, meant that Spurs ended the season in fifth place, something that few expected only a few weeks ago. It was a solid all-around performance for Tottenham, and several players should be considered worthy of a Man of the Match title, the final one of the season. You choose!
We at Cartilage Free Captain have been clamoring for more Mousa for the past few months. Dembele has been the forgotten midfielder this season, but it seems like of late whenever he makes it onto the field Tottenham's midfield instantly gets better. Paired with Ryan Mason, Dembele showed a good vision and a fantastic press in midfield. Spurs successfully counter-pressed Everton the entire match, and Dembele was a big reason why it was so effective. It was one of his best performances this season, and the only reason he didn't run away with this award was because he was substituted so early in the second half.
We've bemoaned what's happened to our dear Christian lately, as he's seemingly been "off his feed" the past few weeks. Today, he was fantastic. He was actively involved in many of Spurs' chances, was active all over the pitch, and looked like his old self again. Even though Everton seemed to be phoning it in for much of the match, it was clearly Eriksen's best match in a long time, and he was one of the lynchpins in Tottenham's midfield.
Starting Nabil Bentaleb as an emergency left back wasn't a complete surprise – we saw him deputize there a couple of weeks ago after Vlad Chiriches' red card – but what was surprising was just how effective he was there. Nabil unsurprisingly showed a knack for getting forward (he does have that ability as a midfielder) but was also solid defensively. I don't want to see Bentaleb there very often because it means that we're in deep trouble at that position and he's better elsewhere, but it does show that Nabil is one of the most talented and most versatile players we have at the moment. And that's great.
Lamela has continued his renaissance at the end of the season, and this was another fine match in a string of very good performances for the young Argentine. Lamela's work rate has never been in question, and he showed some very good attacking moves as well on Sunday, leading up to a one-on-one with Everton keeper Tim Howard that he probably should've buried. He deserved a goal yesterday, and while he didn't get one it was an impressive show from a player that I'm now convinced should not be sold.
Honorable mention: Eric Dier
That cross. Wow.
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