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

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur looked as though they were heading to extra-time against Wycombe in the FA Cup this evening until they turned on the magic for the final ten minutes, scoring three late goals.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the 4-1 win:

Through to face Everton – Tottenham Hotspur are now through to the fifth round of the FA Cup where they will play fellow Premier League side, Everton, at Goodison Park.

The good and bad of Gareth Bale – In terms of the positions he got into, his time on the ball and the chances he created, this was arguably Bale’s most promising performance yet. However, a few loose touches here and there, along with his countless misses in the first half, were a reminder of how far the Welshman still has to go. I did like seeing Spurs play him more central tonight though.

Long way back for Toby and Sanchez – I have a feeling that Jose Mourinho may opt for a central defensive duo of Eric Dier and Joe Rodon for the time being. Neither Toby Alderweireld or Davinson Sanchez are looking too impressive right now and I would understand if Mourinho wanted to desperately bring in a new world-class centre-back in the summer.

Spurs need to be more clinical – The sheer number of chances that Spurs missed in that game was incredible, to the point that it almost went to extra time. The whole reason that Spurs are so heavily reliant on Kane and Son is that they are the only consistently clinical players. Others, like Tanguy Ndombele off the bench, have to step up.

It’s Tanguy time – What a player we have on our hands here. Off the bench, some silky touches all over the pitch, two goals and he barely broke a sweat. If Spurs can keep this man fit and find a system that works for him, he could be a generational talent.

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