Five observations from Tottenham's amazing comeback win over Dnipro

Christian Eriksen and Soldado Spurs

Spurs scored 3 goals in 13 minutes to turn the tie on its head - with Adebayor, Eriksen and Lloris impressing in the 3-1 win.

Below are five observations from Tottenham's Europa League performance: 

Christian Eriksen should be one of the first names on the team sheet

For much of the game there was only one player who looked capable of dragging Spurs into the next round. Christian Eriksen was full of skill and threat for the first 60 minutes for the home side, having several decent efforts from range and dancing towards the box on one occasion only for the Dnipro defence to scramble clear. It was little surprise when the Dane curled a precision free kick past the wall and into the back of the net, having made Boyko work to keep out an earlier effort. Eriksen didn't stop there though, with the former Ajax man crossing for Adebayor to net Tottenham's second. It's hard to imagine Tim Sherwood dropping him after such an impressive showing, and he looks capable both behind the striker and playing off the left.

Soldado alongside Adebayor should be given another go against Cardiff

Sherwood has a decision to make regarding Roberto Soldado. Does he accept that he will not be a success at the club and use him sparingly from now until the end of the season, or does he seek to salvage the top class player he undoubtedly is? If the latter, the Spaniard looks much more likely to improve alongside a bang in-form Emanuel Adebayor, rather than leading the line, and shouldering the attacking burden, alone. There will be few games between now and the end of the season for Spurs to really go for the jugular of their Premier League opponents, but Sunday's match with bottom club Cardiff is one that they should approach with some confidence and genuine attacking intent, and the best way to do this is by starting both strikers up front, and giving Soldado another chance to return to form.

The success of Andros Townsend depends on his ability to vary his play

Townsend was very much on the periphery of the game early on, seeing little of the ball and struggling to make an impact on the few occasions he received it. Later on, as the match opened up he began to look dangerous, and much of his threat came as a result of mixing up his approach.  He proved that he was more than able to cross with his right foot behind the defence with a great ball that found Soldado just a few yards out. Not being afraid to use his right foot is just one of the tactics Townsend should employ, given that it can do such damage, and the fact it will play to the strengths of Soldado would be just another benefit.

Now might be the time to give Bentaleb a rest from the first team

Last time out against Norwich the youngster was singled out for criticism from Spurs fans, with many struggling to understand why he could be in the side ahead of Eriksen. Some perspective is needed with Bentaleb, given his undoubted promise and scarce experience, and as Sherwood's more established midfielders return to fitness and form, it would be good management to take the Algerian out of the starting eleven and give him a chance to recharge.

Would going out have been a blessing in disguise?

Spurs have gone through to the last sixteen of the Europa League where they will meet Portuguese league leaders Benfica. The two matches promise to be particularly tough contests, and it begs the question, would Spurs exiting the competition against Dnipro, and being able to concentrate fully on the race for fourth, be more in line with the club's objectives? Now, Tottenham have the Benfica matches sandwiching a vital North London derby.

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