Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s FA Cup win over Marine FC

Tottenham Hotspur eased past Marine FC in the FA Cup this evening, as many would have expected, but it was a great match for all involved.

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

In the pot – Tottenham are in the pot for the fourth and fifth-round draw of the FA Cup on Monday, which will be a unique double draw. The result was never really in doubt against non-league Marine, but the important thing is that the job is done.

Gedson Fernandes return – To say that Gedson Fernandes’ Tottenham starts have been few and far between is an understatement. The Portuguese youngster came in from the cold for a rare run out today and actually looked pretty bright. I don’t see any way in which he is a Spurs player this time next season, but it would be nice for him to be used a little more often.

Vini hattie – Let’s start by saying this, Carlos Vinicius was not brought in to be Tottenham’s new goal-scoring star man. He was brought in to give Harry Kane a rest, rotate into the XI for less troublesome games, while still providing a good number of goals. He is doing exactly that in the Europa League and cup competitions. Hopefully, Mourinho will give him a start in the Premier League soon.

Dele Alli needs to stay – The performance was against Marine, yes, but it was also relative to every other Spurs player out there. The simple fact is that Dele Alli is more talented than the vast majority of Spurs players, the thing that Mourinho dislikes is likely his style/work rate. I believe that to give up on Alli now would be a huge mistake for the Lilywhites, especially when they are lacking a third scorer/creator behind Kane and Son.

Alfie Devine – A brief word about the 16-year-old today. He looks to have bags of confidence in his own ability. Really positive on the ball, as shown by his cut inside and near-post shot. The fact that he is already getting chances in the first-team definitely seems exciting. Well done, Alfie!

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