Tottenham player ratings vs Fulham – Bissouma, Sarr, Maddison and Dragusin struggle in poor loss

By Staff

Tottenham sank to a miserable 3-0 defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

Spurs fell to a penalty shoot-out defeat at Craven Cottage earlier in the season in the Carabao Cup. They were hoping to get a more positive result this time around after Ange Postecoglou’s side pushed their top four destiny into their own hands with a resounding 4-0 victory at Villa Park last weekend.

Postecoglou brought in Radu Dragusin for his first start for Tottenham with Micky van de Ven out with his hamstring injury. Elsewhere the team remained the same, Brennan Johnson remaining ahead of Timo Werner thanks to his recent displays and Dejan Kulusevski involved in three of Tottenham’s four goals at Villa. Rodrigo Bentancur was named on the bench due to the form of Pape Matar Sarr and Yves Bissouma while Richarlison was back and available for selection after returning to training this week.

Fulham took the lead just before half time. A terrific ball from Antonee Robinson picked out Rodrigo Muniz at the back post in space and he took a touch and drilled it across Guglielmo Vicario and into the far corner.

With Spurs open in defence, the hosts doubled their advantage five minutes into the second half when Timothy Castagne’s low cross hit the knee of Sasa Lukic and flew past Vicario.

It got worse for Tottenham when, from a corner, Calvin Bassey’s shot hit the post and then Vicario and the ball rolled across the face of goal where Muniz beat Dragusin to the ball and forced it in. Spurs huffed and puffed but could not find a way back into the game.

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Here are our Tottenham player ratings after the match:

Guglielmo Vicario

Called on a couple of times within the first 15 minutes and did well but couldn’t do much about the Fulham goals, the first a clinical finish, the second a deflection and the third came back off the post against his face before falling for Muniz. Made a late save from Wilson. 6

Pedro Porro

Wasteful in possession, with only Sarr having a worse passing success rate on the pitch. Had a tough time with Willian whenever the Brazilian came into his part of the pitch. 4

Cristian Romero

Made a good early sliding block from Muniz and then stopped another effort 12 minutes in. Wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination but he was still Spurs’ best defender on the day. 6

Radu Dragusin

His first start and although it was a terrific ball from Robinson, the Romanian left Muniz in a lot of space behind him. Tried to come across to bail out Udogie to no avail for the second goal and then was beaten by Muniz to the ball for the third. To his credit he continued to show composure on the ball but his lack of communication and playing time alongside Udogie was clear at times. Hopefully that will come. 4

Destiny Udogie

Made a few driving runs down the right in the first half and set up Maddison for a chance but he was beaten too easily in the build-up to Fulham’s second goal. 4

Pape Matar Sarr

A mixed first half with some good runs and pressing but also some sloppy moments on the ball. He came off in the second half with the lowest passing success rate on the pitch and without making much of an impact. 3

Yves Bissouma

Wasn’t helped much by his wandering fellow midfielders but he struggled to make his presence felt in the game or inspire confidence in those around him. 3

James Maddison

Started slowly and rolled a shot just wide of the left-hand post midway through the first half from Udogie’s cut back and teed up Son for an effort. It didn’t really get any better than that for him in a very quiet performance and the entire ineffective midfield was taken off after the third Fulham goal. 3

Dejan Kulusevski

Worked away to try to find openings but would often beat a man and then run into another. Moved into a deeper role after the triple midfield change and again tried to make things happen. 4

Son Heung-min

Sent a shot over the bar midway through the first half when teed up by Maddison. Huffed and puffed around the pitch but he failed to make any in-roads. 4

Brennan Johnson

Couldn’t match his previous displays, hit one weak shot at the keeper and was poor with the ball although he should have had an assist for a ball across the face of goal that Werner should have tucked into the net. 4


Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Came on and shored up the midfield somewhat but the damage had already been done. 6

Rodrigo Bentancur

Offered more than the midfield trio that were replaced combined. 6

Timo Werner

Missed a big chance at the back post soon after coming on, touching wide Johnson’s ball across the face of goal. A willing runner but that miss was horrendous. 3


Had a couple of efforts at goal but couldn’t find a way through. 5

Giovani Lo Celso

Came on for Son in the final minutes. N/A

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