Opinion: Five things we learned from Spurs’ 4-0 win over Sheffield United

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Ryan Mason
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Tottenham Hotspur followed up their Carabao Cup Final defeat with an impressive 4-0 demolition of Sheffield United this evening.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned:

Lo Celso deep role – In my opinion, Giovani Lo Celso is a deep-lying creator rather than a number ten. He is at his best when the play is in front of him and he can drive up the pitch before popping it off to a Kane or a Son. For me, when he plays the number ten role or off the right, he just gets completely lost.

Bale is back… please – In my opinion, Gareth Bale needs to come back next season. Spurs need to make that happen. His returns when he was in and out of the side under Mourinho were impressive, think of what he could do with more regular football under a progressive manager. Look at that hat-trick as an example of his quality. Let’s make it happen.

Dele back in the XI – Just his third start of the Premier League season, Ryan Mason handed Dele a rare chance to impress. The midfielder certainly showed glimpses of his old self but these bursts came between moments of sloppiness. Of course, this is to be expected due to the lack of football of late. He needs to simplify his game while he gets up to speed but hopefully, we can see a sharp Dele by the end of the season.

Champions League – The chances of a top-four finish grow slimmer by the week but Spurs need to try their best to finish the season with nothing but wins. A perfect final month or so and you never know what could happen. You have to at least ask the question.

Attacking without Kane – I think one of the most impressive things tonight was seeing Spurs scoring goals without Harry Kane. The main man didn’t score or assist any and wasn’t involved too much in the build-up. It shows that Spurs, if they keep Bale, have the quality to match Kane up top.

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