Five things we learned about Tottenham from Swansea win

Tottenham moved level on points with Liverpool in fourth spot after an Emmanuel Adebayor masterclass saw them beat Swansea 3-1.

Below are five lessons learned from the game:

Christian Eriksen is growing into one of Tottenham's most important players

The Dane had possibly his best game for Spurs since joining from Ajax, displaying outstanding passing and dribbling to pull the strings against Swansea. Has been an impressive goalscorer in recent weeks, but has been astute enough to see that his general performances could be more influential over the course of 90 minutes when he thinks of others. This was the exact kind of performance he would be happy with, an all round display that oozed class, notably his cross for Adebayor's first.  

Once Jan Vertonghen is back, Chiriches has to be the defender that partners him

Though he is liable to make the odd mistake, the former Steaua Bucharest man has tended to outperform club captain Michael Dawson in most of the games they've played together. With Jan Vertonghen the undisputed top defender at the club, Sherwood needs to take the bold decision to choose the young Romanian over Dawson, mainly because Chiriches is only likely to improve as his Premier League career continues, whereas Dawson has struggled for much of this season.

Tim Sherwood was right to be given the opportunity to replace AVB

Tim Sherwood has obtained two impressive records in his short spell in management. He is the first Tottenham boss since Bill Nicholson to win five Tottenham away games in a row, and he has the best opening six games of any Spurs boss, taking 16 points from 18. These are promising statistics and, if nothing else, is seemingly proof that it was the right for Sherwood to be given the opportunity to take over from Andre Villas-Boas. 

Adebayor is a talent worth encouraging

Sherwood has demonstrated his ability to bring back a player that was out of the first team picture. Adebayor is a clear example of someone who needed an arm round his shoulder, showing Sherwood's excellent man-management skills. The former Arsenal and Manchester City was outstanding today, looking one of the best strikers in the league with his work rate, hold up play and goal threat. Maybe playing one up front wasn't such a bad idea - with AVB just refusing to play the obvious choice. 

Sherwood be looking to strengthen in the transfer window

The left back position continues to look like it needs attention, with Danny Rose yet to demonstrate that he is likely to be strong enough. Bringing in a player of the level of Fabio Coentrao, for example, would be a real boost to the level of quality in that position.

The other option is adding depth up front, with Defoe on his way out and Soldado continuing to struggle. 

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