Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea couldn’t be faulted for either of Spurs’ goals but leaving his line once in a while might help his rating.
With three at the back, here’s the Premier League’s worst-performing XI of the weekend according to Whoscored ratings…
GK: David De Gea – 5.90
The Manchester United keeper didn’t do much wrong in the win over Spurs. He was beaten by a Harry Kane penalty and a Harry Maguire brain fart, after it was initially thought he would miss out due to a positive ‘rona test. Still seems to have his feet nailed to his goal-line, though…
CB: Jonjoe Kenny – 5.49
The Everton defender, normally a full-back, played as part of a central three and offered one of his more proficient performances but spoiled it with two quick-fire bookings to leave the Toffees a man short. Frank Lampard obviously likes Kenny, having started the 24-year-old in all but one of his Premier League games in charge of Everton, while £16million January signing Nathan Patterson waits for his first minutes.
CB: Nathan Collins – 5.46
The Burnley centre-back, deputising again for Ben Mee, had a tough time against Chelsea last week and though he looked generally more solid at Brentford, Collins’ rating suffers for a late red card when Ivan Toney was hauled down to allow the Bees striker the chance to seal a 2-0 victory from the spot. Collins also lost nine of his 16 duels and gave possession away 19 times, with only one of nine long passes finding a team-mate.
CB: Ben Davies – 5.83
Not the most obvious of three Spurs centre-backs for inclusion in the worst XI, with Eric Dier backing off Cristiano Ronaldo for his first goal and Cristian Romero losing the Man Utd star for his hat-trick clincher. Statistically, Davies made not a tackle, interception, clearance or block at Old Trafford, even if his passing accuracy was the best of any Spurs starter and all three of his long passes found their targets.
RWB: Riccardo Pereira 5.87
The Leicester right-back kept Gabriel Martinelli relatively quiet at the Emirates but Pereira struggled to contribute much to Leicester’s attacking cause in the 61 minutes he was on the pitch before being replaced by James Justin. No dribbles or key passes and his one attempted cross found an Arsenal shirt.
LWB: Dwight McNeil – 5.74
The Burnley winger lost possession 24 times at Brentford while swinging in 12 crosses towards the hosts’ goal, only two of which reached a team-mate. McNeil lost three of his four duels and completed only one of his four attempted dribbles.
CM: Yves Bissouma – 5.83
The Brighton midfielder spent most of the defeat to Liverpool on the back foot and Bissouma, who has struggled for form lately amid a knee injury, battled gamely but his misplaced arm cost the Seagulls a penalty which put the game out of reach and condemned them to a fifth straight defeat.
CM: Sean Longstaff – 5.88
The Newcastle midfielder grafted on his return to the side but struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge, making only one tackle while losing half of his eight duels.
AM: Leondro Trossard – 5.78
The Brighton attacker was superb against Liverpool at Anfield but Trossard struggled on Saturday. His biggest contribution was a gilt-edged miss early in the second half which should have brought the Seagulls level, but he also lost possession 14 times while failing in both dribble attempts and losing all three duels.
FWD: Maxwel Cornet – 5.80
Carried Burnley’s greatest attacking threat at Brentford and should have scored in the second half when clean through on goal. Managed not a dribble or cross on his return to the side, losing nine of his 11 duels.
FWD: Kelechi Iheanacho – 5.94
The Leicester striker was too often isolated at the Emirates and spent most of his 74 minutes on the pitch in a running battle with Gabriel before being replaced by Patson Daka. Managed a single shot from outside the box.