Five observations from Spurs' hammering of Newcastle

Hugo Lloris

In arguably one of Tottenham's most impressive games of the season, Emmanuel Adebayor led Tottenham to their 9th away win, the best in the league

Below are five lessons learned from the match

Emmanuel Adebayor is one of the best strikers in the league right now

The stats are clear, since he has come back into the team on December the 22nd 2013, no player has scored more goals than the Tottenham forward. The former Arsenal and Manchester City man, so often the butt of jokes from those that previously worshipped him, has registered a massive 8 goals in 10 games, and looks to have had the last laugh on everyone. Right now he has scored more than Suarez, more than Aguero and more than Eden Hazard - three of the most celebrated players in the Premier League. He is arguably playing the best football of his career, and if nothing else it proves how much of a mistake Andre Villas-Boas made by ostracising him.

Younes Kaboul proved that he and Vertonghen are the future in central defence

It is crazy to think that the last time Kaboul and Vertonghen played together Tottenham lost 6-0 to Manchester City. The difference between that and this game, one of several of course, is that Kaboul partnered Michael Dawson and Vertonghen played at left-back. The match at St James' park was the first Premier League game that Dawson didn't feature, and what was noticeable was just how impressive Kaboul was as he deputised for the England man. The former Portsmouth defender showed excellent pace, power and skill to show just why Spurs fans had been eager to see him partnered alongside their Belgian defender of the year, and if he can stay fit, Kaboul has to be a cert from now on. 

Hugo Lloris proved he is one of the best keepers around

Aside from the heavy defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool, Hugo Lloris has enjoyed a strong season this year that has seen him in particularly impressive form over the last two fixtures. Against Newcastle he was at his very best, dominant off his line and showing superb reflexes on a variety of saves. One late on from his compatriot Mathieu Debuchy was top drawer, and he looked to benefit from the security of having fleet-footed Kaboul ahead of him rather than Michael Dawson. 

With lots of players coming back to fitness, all of a sudden Spurs look like real contenders

Younes Kaboul, an impressive Etienne Kapoue, and cameos from Nacer Chadli and Andros Townsend proved that if Tim Sherwood can get the best out of the undeniable talent within this Spurs squad, they could have ambitions to move forward. Just as Chelsea and Manchester City threatened to run away from the others, they have been reined in just a little, while Tottenham and Liverpool have hit outstanding form. Just seven points off the top and still to play Chelsea, Spurs should dare to dream and really push on from what has been an excellent week for the North Londoners.

Maybe luck does balance out over the season...

It certainly did at St James' Park, much to the chagrin of the Toon Army. Newcastle were famously battered at White Hart Lane in November, only to sneak a goal and win 1-0 mainly because of the heroics of goalkeeper Tim Krul. In the return fixture, everything that did could go wrong for Krul did, as three of the four goals were saved by the Dutchman only to be slotted home by oncoming Spurs players. Though there was no luck about Nacer Chadli's brilliant late strike,Tottenham will still go away with a little satisfaction that they paid Newcastle back so emphatically for the home reverse.

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