After an extremely positive result against Fulham at Wembley, we take a look at the five thing we learned from the 3-1 victory.
Lucas is settling in
This was our first real taste of Lucas Moura at full flow since his move from PSG in January. Since his arrival the Brazilian has played a bit part role, and went missing in large parts of Spurs’ opening game away to Newcastle. However, today was a different story for the tricky winger, as he scored the crucial opening goal, and impressed us with his general game play. With Son away at the Asia Games for the foreseeable future, Lucas has a real chance to hold down that forward position behind Kane, and today went a long way towards doing this.
Alderweireld is focused and staying put
It was a real statement of intent from Pochettino today, to play the supposedly wantaway Belgian. Whether the transfer rumours and stories of unrest are true or not, it appears that Alderweireld is fully committed to keeping his head down and doing his all for Tottenham this season. With Man United lurking, and an upcoming £25m release clause this summer, it could well be the centre-back’s last campaign with the Lilywhites, but that doesn’t mean it has to be condemned as a bad one. Toby tweeted his desire to win a trophy at our new stadium after the Newcastle win, and today’s performance echoes those sentiments. Solid defending, perfect passing and a downright splendid game from the world class defender.
Eriksen’s freekick career may be over
Every Spurs fan was hoping and praying that Kieran Trippier could carry his superb England form into the new season for Spurs, but I don’t think anyone expected such an impact so early on. After Kane was brought down in the 73rd minute, Trippier and regular free kick taker Eriksen stepped up to the mark. However, eagle-eyed viewers would have seen Trippier immediately pluck the ball off the turf and grasp it confidently towards his chest. No one else was taking this set piece away from him. And with shades of England v Croatia, he picked his spot in the top left corner and whipped it there with aplomb. That’s two goals from his last two free kicks for the right-back, so will Eriksen ever be able to get the ball back off him?
Winksy is back!
This huge surprise happened before a single ball had been kicked this afternoon. The team sheets were released an hour before kick off as usual, but what seemed rather unusual was the inclusion of young Harry Winks. Training photos during the week had revealed the midfielder’s return to first team training after a long injury absence that include ankle surgery, but all reports indicated that the England man was still a while away from full fitness. But there he was, Harry Winks, sporting his new number 8 shirt on the bench, back and ready to do his part this campaign. And what’s more, he even managed to play a few minutes at the end of the game, much to the rapturous applause of the Tottenham faithful.
And finally, the big one… KANE CAN SCORE IN AUGUST!
Yes, that’s right! He did it! At the 15th time of asking, Tottenham’s main man managed to find the back of the net in his cursed month of August. It wasn’t the most fluid or clinical that we’ve seen the World Cup Golden Boot winner, but his hold up play, passing, and the technique behind his goal was world class. A few other decent opportunities came and went for Kane, but he won’t care one bit as his least favourite stat is finally wiped from history.
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