Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s win over West Brom

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are back to winning ways today after defeating West Brom 2-0 in North London, putting those three straight Premier League defeats behind them.

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

The return of Kane – Spurs fans everywhere would have been overjoyed to see Kane not only back in the squad, but the starting line-up too today. Harry took the match by the scruff of the neck and dictated play against West Brom. Could have had a hat-trick on another day but just seems to be at the heart of everything good that Spurs do.

Hojbjerg underrated as ever – Everyone knows by now that Hojbjerg is a very effective defensive midfielder, breaking up the play and passing it off. However, the Dane is far more than that. His quality of positive, forward passing is arguably better than any other Spurs holding midfielder, as proved by his assist today for Harry Kane. Such a well-rounded player and incredibly important for Tottenham.

Aurier injury – Hopefully, the injury isn’t too bad for Aurier because he was impressive again against West Brom. Not only is it a case of losing the first-choice right-back, but also a lack of back-up options with the out of form Doherty. Fingers crossed he can be back for Man City and/or Everton.

Mixing things up – Jose Mourinho decided to shuffle the pack and try something new today, with both Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura coming into the side. For these kinds of games, where possession is the game plan, these two are some of Tottenham’s best dribbles. They certainly showed that today, with the South Americans being two of Spurs’ stand out stars on the day. Lamela, in particular, put his name in the hat for a consistent role again.

Top four race – Spurs are now four points behind Liverpool in fourth with ground needed to be made up in the weeks to follow. There are so many teams around fighting for that same last spot, it is anyone’s race. Spurs just have to remain in the conversation. At the very least, they need to get some good form going in preparation for the domestic cups and Europa League.

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  1. I thought Moura did very well on the second goal. It has been a while since we had counter attacks like that against any opposition. Lamela, you could see the effort, but between his final ball and shooting, he was very disappointing for me. Amazed Bale got no minutes again. We used two subs, third was the young kid with a minute left. Why not give someone 10 mins. A win was needed. Again, Kane and Son. Hope for goals from elsewhere sometime. Wednesday will show where we are. We have had a good record there in recent years.


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