Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Brentford

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Antonio Conte
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Tottenham Hotspur recorded another Premier League win under Antonio Conte last night, seeing off Brentford by two goals to nil. 

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

Much more creative – It really does look as though Tottenham are getting better by the game under Conte. The players are getting used to his training methods and adapting to the new formation, finding more effective patterns of play on the pitch. Yesterday, we saw a far more fluid Tottenham, creating more chances than almost any game this season.

Sergio Reguilon – Reguilon also looks to be improving on a personal level with each passing game. It seems clear to me that the Spaniard is going to thrive in the wing-back role under Conte. He already had an eye for an assist at left-back, and that will only improve as he gets into more and more attacking situations.

Harry Kane’s drought – Honestly, I don’t really care where the goals are coming from as long as Tottenham are scoring, winning and everyone is playing well. I was impressed by Kane’s all-around play last night, especially in the build-up to the second goal. He was handed one golden chance himself that he would normally tuck away, but the drought continued. I’m sure it is only a matter of time before the back of the net starts to ripple for him again though.

Joe Rodon’s struggles – Rodon travelled with the squad to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but seemingly as the spare man. The Welshman was not included in the starting XI or on the bench, continuing his lack of chances to impress this season. Even after his first start under Conte against NS Mura, Rodon was replaced before the hour mark. It is looking increasingly like he made need a loan move to get regular football.

Bergwijn is back – It’s good to finally see Bergwijn back on the pitch. The Dutchman has been in and out with injuries this season, despite impressing for the Netherlands during the last international break. Last night was his first cameo under Conte and I expect to see a lot more of him over the festive period, perhaps even deputising for Kane as a number 9.

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