Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s win over Sheffield United

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur may have suffered a brief nervy moment at 2-1 today but they eventually carved out a comfortable win away to Sheffield United.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the stylish 3-1 victory:

The fabled land of 2-0 – Tottenham have done it! After many years of waiting, Spurs fans were treated to… two-nil? Am I saying it right? The Lilywhites scored a goal early on, then got another before half time without reply. It seemed to work far better than what we have been doing of late.

Back in the top four – Come the final whistle, Spurs were back in the top four. In this kind of strange season, any team can thrust themselves into the title race with three or four wins on the bounce. That simply has to be the aim for Tottenham now, especially with Liverpool coming up. Time to look up the table, not down.

The Aurier argument – It is safe to say that Serge Aurier has bounced back from his mistake against Leicester. I thought that Mourinho might give up on him after that, but I’m glad he did not. If the Special One can stick with Aurier and stamp out the defensive self-destruct moments, he has the attributes to become an incredible full-back.

No yellow for Hojbjerg – Beyond the win, it was important that Hojbjerg avoided a booking today as such a caution would have kept him out of the Liverpool game (Football London). The same can be said of Winks who was not included in the squad today.

Balling like Ndombele – In my opinion, this is the position that Spurs bought Ndombele to play. However, it does rely heavily on his work rate off the ball in bigger games during which Tottenham come under more pressure than today. If he can replicate the game today week in week out, Spurs can drop him back and invest in a proper number ten playmaker. What a goal, by the way!

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