Some of the World Cup players may struggle to get back in the team
Mauricio Pochettino has already got the players he has worked with throughout July performing to an impressive level, and there are plenty of individuals that, having previously looked on the fringes of the first team, now look like having the first team spot to lose. Lewis Holtby and Harry Kane come to mind as two that have really seized their chances in the pre season friendlies, while Erik Lamela's natural skill is now clear for all to see.
Harry Kane is Premier League class
If there were any residing doubts about whether the young Tottenham forward is good enough for the Premier League, he is doing plenty to dispel them. Kane played a deeper role against Celtic than he has done in previous friendly matches, when he has been the lone striker, and had his best game of the summer. Able to dribble with the ball, and with enough strength and pace to damage the opposition from deep, he proved that he is a versatile attacker that can very much fit in with Pochettino's system. His finish from Townsend's cut back was a excellent, and Kane's form may be the reason that Daniel Levy is relaxed when it comes to going shopping for a new striker.
Fans shouldn’t be quick to write off Townsend
It's astonishing to see some of the negativity directed towards Andros Townsend over the last few months, not to mention several other Spurs graduates that are still very much in the early stages of their career. Despite only just turning 23-years-old, many expect the England winger to be an instant world beater - they seem to ignore the fact that he has just 30 Premier League appearances under his belt at the club. Coming back from the injury that ruled him out of the World Cup, Townsend did some real damage with his pace and trickery against the Scottish champs, and for Kane's opening goal, his composure and passing skills showed that he has already begun to grow as a player. That he impressed in a fluid role within the attacking trio, including down his old left wing flank, should give Spurs fans optimism - explosive players of his calibre, capable of winning international matches with a flash of brilliance, don't come along often from the club academy, and it is best to be patient as they mature into experienced pros.
Adebayor continues to look the club’s best striker
Tottenham's big frontman finally got some pre season minutes under his belt after his recent bout of malaria, and though he took a while to get into the game, by the end of it he looked delighted to be back on the pitch. Hitting the post and scoring from the penalty spot, Adebayor seemed to get more energy the longer he was playing, and succeeded in seeing the Bhoys reduced to ten men after giving Efe Ambrose, who was impressive in the World Cup in Brazil for Nigeria, a torrid time. The aerial threat he offers up front is another valuable alternative for Pochettino, and with so much good passing football, utilised by such quick footed players as Lennon, Lamela, and Townsend, a varied approach will really keep defences on their toes.
Pochettino’s system is already impressing
As mentioned above, this was the first full game where the Argentine's tactics really dominated what in truth was a poor Celtic side, who had several youngsters playing. The pressure supplied by the midfield three, wingers and fullbacks, gave the Hoops very little time on the ball, with Etienne Capoue and Lewis Holtby particularly impressive in that respect. Inevitably, as Spurs grew in confidence, and with goals flying in as the match progressed, Celtic dropped further and further back, making the game even easier. Also, the fluidity supplied by the three attacking players, and the most attacking central midfielder, caused huge problems throughout the game. This was something Pochettino encouraged last season at Southampton, left winger, centre forward and right winger all switching with each other to pull the opposition defence apart. It was telling that of the goalscorer, two wingers scored, both centre forwards netted, and the two attacking midfielders also got a goal, while Townsend and Lennon, the two quickest wide men on show, also looked very dangerous.
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