Opinion: Five things we learned from the Spurs win against Southampton in the FA Cup

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Tottenham Hotspur are into the fifth round of the FA Cup this season after beating Southampton at home in a replay tonight.

Spurs scored two in a late flurry to take the score from 2-1 down to 3-2 up, despite the Saints being the better side over the 90 minutes.

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

Spurs are through- 

The FA Cup run is still on for Spurs. They did not deserve to win the game by any means, but they managed to limp their way over the finish line. Southampton looked as if they would likely run away with it at 2-1, but a late Spurs flurry with goals from Moura and Son gave them a win against the run of play.

Vertonghen is done – 

You could see his reaction after being subbed off before the hour mark. I think the penny has dropped for the Belgian. After a long and incredible career with Spurs, it doesn’t look as if he still has it in his legs to perform at this level. He deserves nothing but respect though.

Lo Celso irreplaceable –

With Eriksen now gone, Lo Celso is Tottenham’s sole creative spark in that first-team. Without him tonight, the lack of a spark really showed. This is a scary prospect for the Lilywhites, as who knows what the club will do if he picks up a long-term injury.

A long old season without a striker – 

Kane adds a focal point for Spurs up front and demands the ball from the likes of Moura and Son. Without him, it’s a complete mess up top. No one knows who the lead forward is. No one passes to each other. And no one looks even capable of filling one of Kane’s boots, let alone both.

Rebuild has just begun – 

The January transfer window was a great start to the Tottenham rebuild, but I would argue that is isn’t even halfway there. A new left-back, a defensive midfielder, a right-back, and a striker needed… at the very least.

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