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


Tottenham Hotspur got the job done this evening against Austrian side, Wolfsberger, defeating their Europa League opponents 4-1.

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

No start for Vinicius – It is feeling more and more likely that Tottenham will not trigger the clause to purchase Vinicius at the end of the season. If Mourinho doesn’t even trust him to start against Wolfsberger in the Europa League, let alone the Premier League, the writing is very much on the wall. Perhaps they already have their eye on another striker.

Rested players – It was certainly a bonus for Harry Kane to be rested this evening, and for Spurs to get the job done. Heung-min Son was also taken off at half-time, while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele only came on late. Some much-needed time off for some of them.

Dele and Bale – Both very much in the same boat these days, looking to impress Mourinho during their few and far between minutes on the pitch. However, both were fantastic this evening against Wolfsberger, full of attacking intent and creativity throughout. Positive signs from them, perhaps putting their names in the hat for Premier League minutes against West Ham.

Another penalty conceded – Moussa Sissoko made it three penalties conceded in three games for Spurs. Pierre-Emile Honbjerg gave away spot-kicks against Everton and Man City last week, while Sissoko tripped a Wolfsberger attacker this evening. Not a good trait to be developing for Tottenham.

Lloris performance – Hugo needed a big performance this evening as his critics begin to circle like sharks. Fortunately, the Frenchman pulled off a couple of nice stops, as well as a superb reaction save from a first-half header. Time to put his poor form behind him.

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