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Five observations from Tottenham's win over Toronto FC

Mauricio Pochettino secured his first win as Spurs manager, with the club beating Toronto FC 3-2 chiefly through the skill of Erik Lamela.

Sad but true, Michael Dawson has to go

This season will be Michael Dawson's 10th at White Hart Lane. That's some achievement, especially considering he and Ledley King were teammates for much of that period. The former Nottingham Forest defender has provided the commitment, the words on the pitch, and the passion that has seen Spurs move from perennial underachievers to regular top four contenders. But last season, and already in the two pre-season games he has featured in over the last week, the 30-year-old has proved himself the weak link in the Tottenham side. As captain, and most senior defender, Daws should be helping others make sure they're doing what they need to - instead, he isn't even able to manage his own game. Last night he failed to organise his back four to deal with two MLS rookies, who promptly punished Spurs. He isn't good enough for top four contenders unless he drastically ups his game over the next couple of weeks, and should be sold to make room for a much needed replacement.

Spurs fans should be excited about Erik Lamela

It was so very easy to pick on the young Argentine last season. Anyone that costs that much money should simply adapt easier than someone that costs a fraction of the price many said, but it isn't as clear cut as that. Lamela was just 21-years-old when he signed from Roma for a transfer record fee, speaking no English and with a new culture and style of football to get to grips with. Take into account the club's uncertainty regarding management and the mixed performances generally produced, then all Lamela needed was some lingering injury problems to really ruin his first year in North London. And he ended up getting that too. But last night, despite it only being a friendly against MLS opposition, Tottenham's 22-year-old dazzled at times in a free spot behind the central striker. He looked stronger, more committed, more confident, and of course netted two sweet left footed strikes. If fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino can coax this form into the league season, Spurs may indeed have a superstar on their hands.

Ben Davies looks an improvement on Danny Rose

Tottenham's new signing made his debut just hours after announcing his transfer from Swansea, and did a solid job during his 45 minute stint on the field. Regularly coming forward down the left, it was only a brief hint at what he could do, but Davies showed that he is a different animal to last season's first choice left back Danny Rose. Much more considered and stronger with his passing than the former Leeds man, who in turn is quicker and more explosive especially when coming forward, Davies looks like a strong signing, especially for a side that likes to play possession football.

Attacking reinforcements may be needed

Though Soldado had his moments in the first half, including setting up Lamela's second goal, he hasn't done enough as of yet in pre-season to suggest he will rush into form anytime soon. Likewise, Harry Kane has continued to look promising but is still very much a work in progress, not ready to be a first team regular. With Emmanuel Adebayor the only other forward, and himself a temperamental individual that it is hard to bank on, another forward has to be be the priority alongside a central defender before the season begins. Ideally, it would be someone that is proven in the Premier League.

Lewis Holtby is playing his way in to the Spurs first team

One player that has impressed on the North American tour is Lewis Holtby, who has so far been the best player on the pitch whenever he has been playing. Having scored against Seattle last week, the German was the standout performer second half of Tottenham's game with Toronto, Pochettino having completely changed his outfield players at halftime. Holtby looks perfect as one of a midfield three, fully able to challenge for the ball and offer something going forward. He and Lamela may be the big winners of these games against MLS opposition once the squad return to England.

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