Tottenham Hotspur fan Charlie Copping gives his assessment of their opening win over Crystal Palace.
While only a narrow 1-0 win aided by a penalty decision, there are many positives Tottenham can take out of Sunday's win at Crystal Palace.
Firstly, they recorded a victory without the presence of talisman, Gareth Bale. Bale earned Tottenham 24 points on his own last season, and if Tottenham want to improve, then they need to feel confident and show they can win games without him.
Another positive to take from the game is the impact of Paulinho. The Brazilian put in a Man of the Match display as he showed glimpses of what he can do. A tenacious midfielder, complete with Brazilian flair, he showed on his debut he could be the key to Spurs this season.
They have previously lacked a goalscoring midfielder in recent seasons and he could be the answer to that, powerful in the air also. But the biggest advantage that he will bring to Spurs will be his influence on Moussa Dembele. Dembele was restricted last season when selected alongside Scott Parker, as he could not get forward as much as he would like, but with Paulinho to protect the back four, it is now possible for Dembele to go and express himself.
In Hugo Lloris, Tottenham now truly have a world class goalkeeper. The French number one had little do for 80 minutes, but when called upon, he did what was required of him. That is the sign of a top goalkeeper, when he has little to do, but maintains his focus and concentration to make saves that win games.
Although there are many positives that can be taken from the game, there are still some areas that Spurs can improve on throughout the season.
Many will feel that Kyle Walker and Danny Rose will have to improve, despite getting involved heavily in the opening win. Spurs are rumoured to be interested in signing Real Madrid left-back, Fabio Coentrao. The capture of the Portuguese full back would highlight Tottenham's ambition to not just crack the top four, but challenge for the league. Walker and Rose are fantastic going forward, with pace to burn, however they must improve defensively. When they come up against top class forwards, they will not get away with silly mistakes.
I believe think that Spurs still lack a creative midfielder. The possible change in position for Dembele could alter that. The possible capture of Willian or Christian Eriksen would also be fantastic for Spurs. They need a no. 10, someone able to play in the hole behind Soldado. If they can find that player, the Spanish international will easily bag 20-30 goals.
If Spurs sort out these minor issues, they could really be outside contenders for this years Premier League.
Do you agree? What else do Spurs need to sort out if they are to break into the top three?
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