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

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Dele Alli
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Tottenham Hotspur saw off their Austrian opponents with ease this evening in the Europa League thanks to goals from Vinicius, Dele, and Bale.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the 4-0 win:

Into the next round – Spurs are now officially into the Europa League Round of 16 and one step closer towards that potential trophy. The Tottenham fans will be hoping for a favourable draw with some big names now lurking around the competition.

Bale on the bench – After his superb performances against Wolfsberger last week and West Ham at the weekend, Bale seemed to be a certain starter this evening. However, Jose Mourinho named him on the bench from the start. We believe that this indicates the Welshman will start against Burnley in the Premier League at the weekend. Positive signs, especially with his goal off the bench today.

The academy shines – Mourinho named Scarlett, Lavinier, Markanday, and John on the bench against Wolfsberger, giving the youngsters a great taste of first-team involvement. All apart from Markanday were given time on the pitch too! Great to see.

Dele Alli renaissance – We could look back in a few months and mark this as the night that really sparked a Dele Alli comeback at Tottenham. Not only was it good for him to get on the scoresheet, but the nature of the goal will surely fill him with confidence. He seems to be understanding when/where Mourinho is happy for him to try things on the ball and when/where he is not.

Lamela performance – Aside from Dele Alli, Erik Lamela’s performance really stood out in a Tottenham shirt. The Argentine demanded the ball and drove Spurs up the pitch with his positive dribbling time and time again. The thing he improved upon tonight was releasing the ball at the right moment too, as he is often guilty of hanging onto it and killing attacks. Spurs need this kind of creator at the moment with Lo Celso out.

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