The World Cup is over, and for the second time in a row a player from Tottenham Hotspur has managed to lift the trophy. Cristian Romero helped Argentina win their third World Cup over Hugo Lloris and France on penalties in one of the most exciting World Cups ever.
This seems like a good opportunity to think about football for a bit – specifically the 12 Tottenham players who went to Qatar. Some had exceptional heroism. Others were frustrated, along with their teams. I decided to break down my impressions of the players’ performance at the World Cup and whether their stock had gone up, down or stuck in neutral when all was said and done.
Christian Romero, Argentina
It is quite clear that Kete was the biggest winner out of all the Tottenham players at the World Cup. Returning home a World Cup champion, he appeared in all but one of Argentina’s matches, putting in a solid performance in almost every match. Kitty was fourth among all players in defensive tackles, fifth in tackles (100% success rate), second in interceptions (behind Jusko Gvardiol), and first in shyness overall, at least in our hearts. Not bad for a man playing his part in regaining fitness after a long-term injury at Tottenham. I hope he can hit the ground running in North London, whenever he comes back.
Ivan Perisic, Croatia
No Tottenham player has had more World Cup minutes than Ivan Perisic. If you had said that to me before the tournament, I would have worried, but Ivan’s Old Man was more than appropriate for the rigors of this competition. Employed in a more advanced role than he plays at Tottenham, he showed his ability with a team-leading three assists for Croatia and a goal against Japan in the round of 16. An absolutely amazing show that should go on in the spring. , assuming his legs don’t fall first.
Hugo Lloris, France
We’ve been talking about how Hugo has been going through something like a slump this season for Tottenham, but he hasn’t really shown it for France. He was, in fact, a stable and solid presence among the sticks for the World Cup runners-up. He gave up three goals in the final (hello, it’s Messi, he’s forgiven) and had a few moments as All Spursie stabbed Hugo in the head, but he now holds the record for most World Cup appearances by any goalkeeper and notably avoided any of the howls that plagued him before. two years in the eurozone. He was unable to lift the trophy again, but Tottenham fans should be encouraged by his performance.
Babi Matar Sarr, Senegal
I don’t think most Tottenham fans expected much from Sarr in this tournament. He’s young, he hasn’t played a single minute for Tottenham this season, and it looked like he would be a perfect player for Senegal as well. But he had a surprisingly good tournament in limited minutes. Against England, where he was a second-half substitute, it looked like he was given the go-ahead to try a few things and he exited the tournament looking like Tottenham hoped to sign him last season. Show some real effectiveness from set pieces and corners too. I can’t see him getting any minutes this spring aside from an injury crisis, so if that’s the case he should be out on loan somewhere in January.
Ritchie’s hamstring injury (and the fact he played 84 minutes on it) is nasty and highlights what was a fine performance in Qatar. Richie could have scored the goal of the tournament with that insane upper half volley and for a while there was an edge over Neymar and the rest of the star-studded Brazil squad. However, the injury means that whatever momentum he may get from this tournament will have faded away by the time he returns to the Premier League stadium. It’s a huge shame too.
Harry Kane, England
Real talk, Harry was the engine that got England to run in this tournament, something that will only be fully recognized later. Kane led the team in assists (3) and was instrumental in setting up his teammates in Qatar, but he himself was somewhat hungry for the serve; He had two goals, just one from open play, and all he did went out the window when the penalty against France went over the bar. It’s hard to say he had a great World Cup, but in fairness he certainly didn’t have a bad game.
Eric Dyer, England
Dyer has only played 33 minutes for England in their campaign, so it is difficult to say whether his stock is going up or down. However, he looked absolutely ruthless in the minutes I saw him play, and the fact that he was back with the team at all should be seen as a win. I don’t know if it will be within the framework of the next Euro, but if you are an England defender, it is better to play for England than not to play for England.
Son Heung-min, South Korea
I hate having to write this, but Sony didn’t have a very good tournament. He had a lot against him – despite miraculous progression out of their group, this wasn’t a particularly strong Korean side, and the opposing defenders marked him well. However, until the final match in the group stage, Sonny was not particularly impressed by Korea’s attack – no goals, one assist (very good), although he led the team in npxG + xA. Was the mask bothering him? Was he tired? Was he simply bearing the burden of an entire nation’s expectations? Perhaps all of the above.
Pierre Emil Hojbjerg, Denmark
Hobby’s World Cup performances were in some ways similar to those he put in for Tottenham – hard, steady work, with plenty of huffing and huffing covering every patch of turf. But that’s all he had to show in the whole industry – Denmark scored only one goal in the entire tournament and were injured in the group stages. Pierre behaved well, but it didn’t make much of an impression. Good thing he got two weeks off.
Rodrigo Bentancur, Uruguay
Lulu almost scored a world goal against Portugal and had a pretty good tournament, right up to the point where he pulled a muscle in his stomach. This, coupled with Uruguay’s dramatic exit from the World Cup on the final day of the group stage, essentially sums up their tournament. He should be back by the new year; Tottenham will need him healthy and strong.
Ben Davies, Wales
It was a very miserable tournament for Wales, and for Davies who was a regular in the Welsh defense three but wasn’t looking his best, was knocked down several times by his forward, and appeared to pick up an injury in the final game. against England.
Joe Rodon, Wales
See above, but reduce his stats slightly. I’m not sure he did anything to convince Antonio Conte to give him a chance at Tottenham next season.
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