Opinion: Five key takeaways from the win against LASK

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
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Vinicius looks like the perfect Kane back up

Carlos Vinicius had the perfect game yesterday, with his performance just missing a goal. The 25-year-old who is currently on loan from Benfica with an option to buy slotted in seamlessly to a Spurs team who featured six of their seven new summer signings against LASK in the Europa League. Vinicius managed to create 7 chances throughout the match and provided two assists before coming off in the 85th minute. The Brazilian looked right at home after slotting through Lucas Moura first the first goal of the game after good control and carried on the rest of the game in the same manner holding up the ball and letting his team-mates run off him in behind LASK’s high line. Jose Mourinho even hinted at possibly Kane partnering Vinicius later in the season further adding to Spurs’ firepower up top.

Bale still has work to do

Gareth Bale’s comeback to Tottenham albeit on loan extremely excited Spurs fans who are still waiting on his first goals but his performance last night against LASK and after coming off the bench against West Ham show he still has work to do before he gets back to full fitness. There were positive signs from the Welsh international however making a few runs in behind the defence as fans are accustomed to seeing him as well as providing the cross which Andrade turned into his own net do but he needs his match sharpness back in order to reach his best potential. He admitted in his post-match interview that he was almost using his first few games as a pre-season and to regain fitness/sharpness after being left in the cold by Zidane and Real Madrid for so long, but the positive signs are there he just needs time.

Davies slots in perfectly at centre-back

Ben Davies played alongside Davinson Sanchez as a centre back on Thursday and is able to give Jose another option where Spurs are lacking the most on the pitch. Currently Spurs don’t have an out and out left footed centre back and Davies perfectly fits the criteria, having played there for Wales alongside new signing Joe Rodon for the national team could that possibly be Jose’s first choice pairing moving forward after the arrival of Sergio Reguillon pushes Davies back to second choice left-back. Spurs currently use Dier as a left sided centre-half but after a pretty much flawless performance against LASK Davies may have an argument to claim that left sided centre-back spot especially being a naturally left-footed player.

Højbjerg may be the bargain of the summer window

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg has been Tottenham’s unsung hero since the start of the season, always breaking up opposition attacks and looking to always move the ball forward once he regains possession. Having signed from Southampton for effectively £3m plus Kyle Walker-Peters and how urgently Spurs needed a defensive midfielder he could very well be the smartest buy of Spurs’ transfer window by Levy. He is that tough ball-winning midfielder that every good team need, always seeming up for the challenge and not even getting a cut above his eye which poured blood stopping him from moving with the ball forward. He is looking like a brilliant signing so far this season and hopefully for Spurs he is the key missing part that they need in their team in order to finally win some silverware.

Tottenham have amazing squad depth

Jose Mourinho made eight changes from the draw against West Ham on Sunday and the quality of the starting eleven shows how good Spurs’ squad is this year. The starting line-up still featured the likes of Lucas, Bale, Vinicius etc. allowing many players to be rested ahead of Monday’s game against Burnley. Most importantly Mourinho managed to rest two of his key players in Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele which is vital is Spurs wanted to do well in the league, Son only coming on for half an hour in order to keep his match fitness/sharpness after coming back from an injury just before the international break. If Spurs can comfortably win throughout the group stage whilst rotating at least eight players every game will hopefully correlate to good form in the league with key players being rested ahead of weekend fixtures.

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