Tottenham’s top 5 players of the season so far as Hugo Lloris leads by example


It hasn’t been a plain sailing season for Tottenham with a rollercoaster of performances, some poor results and already two managers.

Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked after five wins and five losses in the Premier League and the 3-0 Manchester United defeat led to the end of his four-month spell in the capital.

Antonio Conte was officially appointed just a day later, to the delight of fans and the Italian has wasted no time implementing his stamp on his new squad.

The 52-year-old led his side to a victory in the Europa Conference League in his first game in charge, before a league trip to Goddison Park ended in a 0-0 draw.

The Lilywhites currently sit ninth in the league after 11 games and find themselves six points off the top four, but will be hoping Conte can help them climb the table.

With some players struggling to find form but new arrivals already impressing, football.london takes a look at the top 5 players of the season so far.

5. Emerson Royal

Royal was one of Tottenham’s summer signings and he began as a full-back under Espirito Santo, but with the arrival of Conte, he was quickly moved to a wing-back role.

This suits the Brazilian, who has had experience in this new position before, “I’ve played in other positions too. I’ve played as a midfielder and a right winger,” he said.

“I arrived at Sao Paulo as a midfielder and then I became a full-back there.”

It was clear the 22-year-old had moved to a new country and a new league, as it took him a couple of weeks to get settled but he seems to be finding his feet now.

There are still improvements to be made but with a new manager who is tough but a winner, it could be exactly what Royal needs to develop at Spurs.

4. Son Heung-min

A fan favourite and always doing his best for club and country, all eyes have been on Son when Harry Kane has struggled to find form.

The South Korean has scored four Premier League goals this season and registered an assist, as well as netting three goals for his country in their World Cup qualification matches.

The 29-year-old also hasn’t been in his best form this season and in some fixtures he doesn’t have as much of an influence as fans would hope.

However, his new contract signing in the summer shows his commitment to the club and despite not being the Lilywhites striker, has looked more likely than most in front of goal.



Heung-Min Son and Oliver Skipp both put on a mixture of performances so far this season.
Heung-Min Son and Oliver Skipp both put on a mixture of performances so far this season.

3. Oliver Skipp

A player who seems to cause a bit of a debate, Skipp returned from a successful loan spell at Norwich and has walked straight into the Tottenham starting XI.

Creating a shield in front of defence alongside Pierre Emile Hojbjerg, the two have shown some decent displays, despite some criticism about their creativity and attacking flare.

The 21-year-old had a poor game against Crystal Palace but in the London derbies where he didn’t start, his absence was noticed, highlighting that his influence isn’t always recognised.

Conte will be sure to aid his development and the Italian has reportedly already taken a liking to the midfielder.

Coming back from a Championship loan, many supporters may not have expected him to play as much as he has but he is starting to prove some critics wrong and being just 21, he should only get better.

2. Cristian Romero

Another summer arrival who is quickly impressing is Romero, who is another Tottenham player performing well for club and country.

The Argentine has made 13 appearances for Spurs and has most often played alongside Eric Dier in a back four, which has now become a back three, under Conte.

The 23-year-old has shown some solid defensive work, got forward in unlikely attacking runs and shows his aggression – which did end up in a sending off in the Italian’s first fixture in charge, against Vitesse.

The Serie A defender of the year should only get better with age and experience and is likely to become a key part of the Tottenham defence, especially whilst others are still trying to find consistent form.

Give your player ratings for the season so far below.

1. Hugo Lloris

Lloris may have conceded 16 goals so far this season but he couldn’t do much about a number of them and he has also made 31 saves, preventing his side from losing more heavily than they have done in certain games.

The France international leads by example, shown in his honest pre-match press conference ahead of Conte’s first game in charge.

“Honestly he [Conte] is the kind of manager who will help all the players to improve and all the club to improve. His CV talks for itself,” he said.

“Step by step we will try to improve and reach the level that we should.”

The skipper’s contract ends at the end of the season and it remains to be seen whether he will remain in the capital for the final years of his career.

The 34-year-old does make mistakes, as every keeper does, but in a turbulent season where a number of players are struggling to find consistent form, he is still showing why he deserves to be Spurs’ number one shot stopper.

In a season where a number of players are struggling to consistently influence the Lilywhites, a fresh start under Conte will hopefully bring the best out in players.

The Italian has won league titles with Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan and although Spurs are way off a Premier League title, supporters would hope he can end their 13-year trophy drought.





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