It wasn’t straight forward. It wasn’t pretty. But Spurs now have three points on the board after their first game by defeating Aston Villa 3-1 at the new stadium.
So, let’s take a look at the five things we learned:
With Foyth out for the foreseeable future and Aurier benched due to his lack of pre-season football, Kyle Walker-Peters now essentially has a short trial period to show his worth. After game one, so far so good. The youngster looked a little unsure of himself when getting forward in the first half, but grew into the game and actually defended very well, even when Villa targeted him with long balls. Promising signs
It happens time and time again, but I’m always surprised. Harry Kane barely had a touch all game against an impressive Villa defence, but somehow bagged two goals late on. The big man usually only needs a sniff for a goal, and after missing a decent chance earlier in the match, he certainly didn’t repeat his mistake.
I was expecting the reception to Eriksen to be a little frosty considering his desire to leave the club. However, there was a mixture of excitement, relief, and celebration when he was subbed on with half an hour to go. The great Dane was the game changer, and Spurs were in the driving seat from that moment on.
Shop window Nkoudou
I cannot believe that Pochettino is still subbing this guy on for any other reason than to put him in the shop window. There are still three weeks left of the France transfer window and it looks as if Spurs want to remind Ligue 1 clubs that Nkoudou does still exist.
Is was an unimpressive debut for Ndombele up until the final portion of the game. When the ball was laid back to him on the edge of the box, the new signing made no mistake, picking out the bottom corner. From that moment on, it was like a switch had been flicked. All the tricks and driving runs exploded from the ex-Lyon man. Exciting times ahead!
It doesn’t matter to Danny Rose. Whether he wants to leave or Spurs try to force him out the door to Watford. It doesn’t matter if it’s Doncaster away or the Champions League Final. Rose always gives it his all and the left-back certainly gave 110% today. Vitally important that Spurs kept this man.
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