Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s FA Cup exit against Everton

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur were defeated in a, quite frankly, ridiculous affair at Goodison Park last night in the FA Cup that finished 5-4 to the hosts.

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

Spurs are out – In a season that looks set to be defined by whether or not Spurs win a trophy, they were knocked out of the FA Cup despite scoring four goals on the night. It looks as though all eyes will be on the Europa League and Carabao Cup for Tottenham now this season.

Defence proving Mourinho right – Many Spurs fans, myself included, have been begging for more expansive and ambitious football. However, time and time again, Tottenham have shown that when they attack, the defence simply cannot hold up. It seems as though Mourinho views park the bus football as a better route to victory than shipping goal after goal when attacking.

Dele back on the pitch – Dele Alli made his return from injury against Everton tonight, hopefully marking a second chance for the England midfielder. Spurs are crying out for a goalscoring midfielder with the burden too heavy on Kane and Son, and Dele Alli has proven he can be that in the past. Happy to see him being worked back into the side.

Worst case scenario – Going to extra-time and still losing was the worst-case scenario for Spurs this evening. Not only were they knocked out, but they also now have 120 minutes in the legs going into the Man City match. Will Kane be able to start again so soon after his return?

Kane and Son – Heung-min Son recorded three assists on the night. Harry Kane had to come off the bench and haul Spurs towards extra-time when he made it 4-4. Tottenham are simply too reliant on these two men playing together in order to find success. Imagine if they hadn’t been there and five goals were conceded. A huge defensive rebuild job is needed come the summer.

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