Tottenham Hotspur were held to a 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient in their first pre-season friendly this afternoon, but there were plenty of positives to take from the match.
Let’s take a look at the five things we learned:
Scarlett rated highly – It is clear that those within Tottenham rate Dane Scarlett highly, giving him the nod to start up front over Troy Parrott and even the likes of Lucas Moura or Steven Bergwijn. He certainly repaid that faith with a brilliantly taken goal. This could be a huge season for the 17-year-old.
Attacking full-backs – It appeared as if the starting Tottenham full-backs were given license to attack and add width, particularly on the left. Kallum Cesay spent most of his time pushed up to a left-wing role, while Maksim Paskotsi was a little more traditional on the right. This could be a subtle hint of things to come for Spurs.
Carter-Vickers solid – Cameron Carter-Vickers was back for another pre-season and looked really solid today. The sad thing is that the USA international seems to improve by the year, yet will likely be sold this summer before getting a real chance in the first-team. I was very impressed with him today.
Deep midfielders – Perhaps another hint of things to come, Nuno played with some deep creative midfielders today. Harry Winks did very well as a deep-lying creator with some really impressive passes through the lines. Even Dele Alli was playing more on the halfway line than the opposition third. The likes of Harvey White continued this trend after coming on, perhaps hinting that Nuno is going to play with two or three holders this season.
Notable absentees – Despite some players being back in pre-season training this week, there were some absentees from the friendly. Tanguy Ndombele, Sergio Reguilon, Erik Lamela, Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp and Ryan Sessegnon were all missing.
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