Let’s take a look at how each featuring Squad member performed in the gut-wrenching FNF disappointment at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion, as a regrettable performance put Slaven Bilic under huge scrutiny.

Joe Hart: 7/10

A slightly better showing than the scoreline suggested at The London Stadium from the England keeper, but still a thoroughly disappointing evening.

The Shot-stopper saved twice to deny Glenn Murray from close-range, but couldn’t keep out a powerful effort from Jose Izquierdo despite getting a hand to it and could have saved Murray’s penalty.

Pablo Zabaleta: 6/10

An evening to forget for the Argentine and probably his worst performance in Claret & Blue as of yet, after several consecutive superb showings.

The full-back lunged in rashly on Murray in the second period in the box, with Referee Martin Atkinson pointing to the spot instantly, he will be keen to redeem himself against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, should he start.

Jose Fonte: 5/10

Much like Zabaleta, a very poor performance after a number of solid ones for the Portugal International.

The centre-back was regularly outmuscled by the power of Pascal Gross up-front and was slow to react several times when The Seagulls came forward, including the moves for their three goals.

Winston Reid: 5/10

Captaining the side for the second consecutive week after Mark Noble was benched again, the Kiwi was part of a forgettable performance from the back four.

Much like Fonte, he was caught sleeping several times and slow to react to opposition attacks, he will be looking to lead by example more, should the skipper not return at Wembley.

Arthur Masuaku: 6/10

Replacing England International Aaron Cresswell for the first time this season when Cresswell has been fit, he put in a plain performance.

Despite getting into some promising attacking positions down the left side, he couldn’t find the end product and looked shoddy defensively again, one would feel that he hasn’t done enough to keep his place.

Michail Antonio: 6/10

Featuring in the right-wing position, the England man struggled to have the effect that he usually has on defences like Brighton’s.

He had a few promising runs but like most of the wingers, couldn’t find the right end product, an extremely disappointing night from Antonio’s perspective after last weekend’s Man of the Match performance at Turf Moor.

Pedro Obiang: 6/10

Replacing the suspended Andy Carroll for a rare start in this campaign, Obiang was consistent but failed to protect the back four enough and lacked full fitness.


The midfielder’s only attacking contribution came in the first period, when his low strike was saved by Matt Ryan, but he is expected to keep his place in The Carabao Cup.

Cheikhou Kouyate: 6/10

A typically commanding showing from the Senegal skipper in the centre of the park, but he just couldn’t pick out a final pass and was sacrificed at the break.

Kouyate was also lacking slightly in the defensive department much like his partner, but is expected to grow in confidence as the season goes on after missing the early part through injury.

Marko Arnautovic: 7/10

Earning the title of our best outfield performer on Friday night, the Austrian hardly put a foot wrong over the course of the 90 minutes.

Unlike other wide men, his quality of delivery was admirable and did the cause the visitors’ defence a few issues, but this kind of play was rare and he lacked any real support.

Manuel Lanzini: 6/10

On only his second full game back from injury, the Argentine was lively and exchanged passes well but looks like he needs a bit of time to adapt to an out and out No10 role.

Lanzini also did not have his shooting boots on and launched various wayward efforts, however, he came come close with two, a free-kick that glanced the wall and flew wide and a deflected volley, not close enough though.

Javier Hernandez: 6/10

It was to be another tough afternoon for Mexico’s all-time leading goal-scorer as he was starved of service and just couldn’t impact the game enough, apart from one shot that flashed just wide.

Despite this, Chicharito was believed to be carrying a slight hamstring injury heading into the clash which can be blamed, although he did manage to complete the full 90 minutes.

Andre Ayew: 5/10

Being substituted on at half-time for Kouyate, the Ghanaian struggled to have the impact on the game that Bilic had hoped he would.

Ayew was flat and rarely showed his trademark bursts of pace, however, he did also suffer from a lack of service. But, still, wouldn’t have done himself any favours when it comes to trying to break back into the starting Xl.

Edimilson Fernandes: 6/10

The Swiss International came in on replacement of Arnautovic in the 74th minute for his first appearance since an injury concern following an impressive performance for The U23s last Sunday.

However, the race had well and truly been ran with Chris Hughton’s men three to the good by the time that he was introduced, Fernandes would have little impact on the game aside from a few good passes and jinks.

So, with every player’s performance from one of the worst team showings of the campaign so far now analysed, will we see a reaction from our Claret & Blue stars on Wednesday night? When Spurs will be The Carabao Cup opposition at Wembley.

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