Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s Carabao Cup win over Stoke City

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur recorded a comfortable 3-1 win over Championship side Stoke City in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals this evening, ending a run of three without a win.

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

Spurs are through – Most importantly, Tottenham are through to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, putting themselves in a great spot to challenge for silverware this season.

The new Bale – Gareth Bale was back on the scoresheet again tonight and, like the Brighton match, it was another header. It certainly begs the question, should Spurs be using Bale as more of a fox in the box these days? I certainly think that his experience in goalscoring, height, and reduced pace lend to such a role.

Winks doing himself no harm – Harry Winks put in a lovely display against Stoke this evening. A great assist for the Bale goal. Looked after the ball well. Positioned himself well throughout. Pressed high and forced Stoke to lose the ball for the Kane goal. A great all-round performance from Winks.

The good, the bad, and the Dele – Dele Alli actually played very nicely for the hour he was on the pitch, getting into some lovely areas and having shots on goal. The only thing that was missing was the goal itself. He beat the Stoke defenders for fun but perhaps dampened his performance with a silly flick in the second half that eventually led to a conceded goal.

Lamela is back – Erik Lamela was back tonight after missing months of action for Tottenham through injury. The Argentine will provide that added bite to the Spurs midfield, which he instantly showed after coming on tonight. A welcome addition considering Lo Celso’s recent injury.

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