Five things we learned about Tottenham in the Capital One Cup

The north London side progressed to the quarter-finals on Wednesday night, beating Hull on penalties after a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham beat Hull for the second time in four days on Wednesday night, with the north Londoners progressing to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup as a result.

It took Andre Villas-Boas’ men 120 minutes and penalties to claim victory, with the game locked at 2-2 after extra-time.

Here are five things that were evident in Spurs’ midweek victory.

Vertonghen’s best position is centre-back

Jan Vertonghen looked a lot more comfortable playing centrally than he has done of late at left-back. The Belgian is certainly Spurs’ best defender, and adds composure to the back four when playing at centre-back.

For Tottenham to be a more-rounded defensive unit, the purchase of a quality left-back is needed. This will allow Vertognhen to remain at centre-half, and Spurs will be more solid as a result.

Sigurdsson holds his hand up once more

Gylfi Sigurdsson has lost his place in the Tottenham starting XI of late, with Aaron Lennon restored on the left wing. However, the Icelandic midfielder gave Villas-Boas and the home faithful a reminder of his considerable abilities here.

Another goal for the former Swansea loanee should also be of interest. In a team that is struggling to score goals this term, Sigurdsson’s ability to hit the back of the net is a real bonus for Tottenham.

Kaboul returning to fitness

Younes Kaboul has had long-term absences from action due to injury, but the France international captained the side on Wednesday and played the full 120 minutes.

The centre-back looked back to near his best, and his return to action will give Villas-Boas another option at the heart of his defence.

Don't write off Lamela just yet

Tottenham’s record transfer fee holder Erik Lamela is still to start a Premier League game for the club, with the Argentine being introduced to English football cautiously. As such, some impatient Spurs fans have questioned his purchase.

However, the former Roma attacker showed glimpses of his ability against Hull and looked determined to prove a point. Always available to receive the ball, Lamela should see his amount of game time increase as the season progresses.

The youth system a valuable asset

Andros Townsend has been the home-grown hero this term, progressing to the Tottenham first team and breaking his way into the England set-up as a result.

Another youth graduate, Harry Kane, showed glimpses of brilliance when called upon last night. The attacker came off the bench to get a goal and was unlucky not to win the game for Spurs in the final minute of added time.

His strong showing is an indicator that products of the youth product should be given their chance also, despite the influx of foreign stars.

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