Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat Leeds United 4-3 in North London this evening, sending the Lilywhites off to the World Cup on a high.

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

He’s the reason! – He arrived at Tottenham with barely any career goals, yet has already netted four this season alone. Bentancur offers so much to this Spurs side. His non-stop pressing without a single regard for the World Cup in a week. His nerveless passing that keeps Spurs ticking over. His progressive balls between the lines to kickstart attacks. And now his goals too! What an absolute bargain and Juventus must surely be kicking themselves.

The return of Kulusevski – Had Bentancur not obviously been Man of the Match, then Kulusevski would have won it by a long way. It’s incredible how the winger was out for so long, but has instantly hit the ground running again, just like he did when he first arrived in January. An assist off the bench against Liverpool, another assist today, and he absolutely ran the show for Tottenham’s attack. Copy and paste – Juventus must be kicking themselves.

Problems at the back – You get the feeling that Antonio Conte doesn’t have too many defenders he feels like he can count on week-in week-out. I really expect that to be an area of focus over the next two transfer windows. When the same people are making the same mistakes, it’s nothing personal but investment must be made to reduce errors.

Emerson vs Doherty – I have said this time and time again, but Emerson just does not look like a wing-back, and his defensive performances have also fallen off. I like the guy, but I struggle to see what unique traits he brings to the table. Even an out-of-form Matt Doherty seems a much better option, as evidenced by their recent performances placed side-by-side.

Top four at Christmas – Tottenham are now guaranteed to be in the top four at Christmas, just a few points behind Man City (and a few more behind Arsenal). When you think about how poorly Tottenham have played across the season as a whole really, you can’t be disappointed with that position.

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