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

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Nuno Espirito Santo
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Tottenham made it two wins from two this afternoon as they beat Wolves 1-0, although the home side were the better team for the vast majority of the encounter.

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

Dele’s new role – It appears that Nuno wants to turn Dele into a 90-minute engine who can press and win the ball in deep positions, dictate play, and get forward when Spurs are dominating possession. This is far from his days of playing just behind Kane. However, he does seem to be growing into the role and that penalty will give him confidence.

Tanganga and Sanchez nightmare – While there is no shame in having troubles against Adama Traore, it happens to a lot of defenders, Japhet and Davinson really struggled today. They didn’t know whether to get tight, stand off, foul him, or run away. Most decisions ended in the Wolves winger bursting past them into our box. It really should have been a case of Tanganga marking him and Skipp/Hojbjerg tracking back to double up.

Isolated Son – If Son is going to play as a lone striker, he is going to have to get used to games like these. He was isolated and barely saw the ball for large parts of the game. Unfortunately, he just can’t win headers and out-muscle centre-backs like a big centre-forward could. I really think he is best wide left or alongside a big strike partner. He may have been carrying something today though, to be fair.

The return of Kane – Is he back? Are Spurs just sending a message? Is he still going to City. We really don’t know. However, for now, the Tottenham squad is stronger with him in it, no matter how you feel. Even in his first 20 minutes of the season, Kane just calmed the game down for Spurs and held the ball so well.

Captain 300 – Hugo Lloris broke Tottenham’s Premier League appearance record today, having been at the club for ten seasons. How Darren ‘Sick Note’ Anderton held the record at 299 before, I have no idea, but what an achievement from our captain. At one point or another, he could have left for a bigger club but stayed loyal and his service should be applauded. A true Tottenham legend. What a way to celebrate with a match-winning 1v1 save against Traore.

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