Hugo Lloris once more proved himself one of the league's best goalkeepers
Earlier in the week, Spurs boss Tim Sherwood claimed only Lloris and striker Emmanuel Adebayor stood out in terms of quality squad members. Of the chosen two, the Frenchman was the clear star performer after making a series of strong saves either side of keeping out Steve Sidwell's penalty. One in particular caught the eye, as the former Lyon man showcased his agility to deny a Hugo Rodallega header. Adebayor on the other hand was a little disappointing, drifting from the forward line and unable to to exert his influence on a poor Fulham defence.
Two more assists moves Christian Eriksen level with Mesut Ozil
In those same comments to the media, Sherwood said he felt Danish star Christian Eriksen was approaching the importance of Lloris and Adebayor, labelling the playmaker undroppable. It's a good job he kept him in the side too, as the former Ajax man's two precision free kicks won the game for Spurs. Dropping the first at the feet of Paulino and the second in front of Kaboul, the two assists saw Erkisen move up to 8 for the season, level with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, a player that cost four times more, and made it clear at least one piece of transfer business has paid off this year
Harry Kane looks like he may be a genuine Premier League quality forward
Still just 20-years-old, Harry Kane is looking like the latest Spurs academy graduate to emerge with some promise. His header against Fulham was his third successive Premier League strike, and he continues to look a player dangerous with the ball at his feet, in the air, and with his movement. Make no mistake, Kane is the best striker to have come through the Tottenham youth teams in decades.
The defence remains a shambles
Despite the positive result, the performance itself wasn't much to write home about, mainly due to another poor defensive display. Youngster Zeki Fryers inadvertently played a one two with Sidwell as the Fulham man pulled his side level within two minutes of Spurs taking the lead. There were plenty more moments where the Tottenham defence were stretched, with Younes Kaboul struggling to lead his back four effectively and the midfield not tracking runners. That Lloris was called into action so often says it all.
Sherwood has failed to get the most out of this group of players
It is fair enough that Sherwood has brought through young players such as Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb and Zeki Fryers, giving them chances in the Premier League and having them impress is commendable. However, Spurs aren't a team that should have to rely on promising young players, especially when they have multi-million pound international players unable to make the starting lineup. For the first half of last season, Sandro and Moussa Dembele were one of the best central midfield partnerships in the league, but now the Brazilian can't get in the match day squad, while other big money signings are branded "much of a muchness." Surely the best thing for the club would be to devise a tactical strategy, utilising effective man-management, that could put together a competitive group. It is clear that this hasn't happened under Sherwood.