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Five lessons learned from Tottenham's win over Schalke

Spurs' 2-1 win over Schalke neatly set them up for next weekend's game with West Ham, with Mauricio Pochettino having won his last four friendly matches.

There is so much strength in depth in this Spurs side

It wouldn't surprise many if the starting eleven for this game was the team Mauricio Pochettino decided do go with against West Ham next weekend, possibly with the addition of Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker (if fit) and either Etienne Capoue or Sandro in the defensive midfield spot. Then, bearing in mind the players that came in and impressed in the second half like Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado, not to mention the World Cup stars still yet to return to the first team, and it is clear to see that Spurs have genuine strength in depth, with only a couple of positions needing strengthening.

Dier looks an excellent signing

With the new Sporting Lisbon player barely at the club a week, few fans would have expected him to give as commanding a performance as he did against Schalke. What Spurs supporters witnessed was the arrival of a hugely talented defender, who at just 20-years-old, exuded outstanding confidence and decision making when dealing with the opposing team's attacks. Already sporting the stocky physical shape of his partner for the day Younes Kaboul, Dier looked right at home in the Tottenham defence and may find himself playing against West Ham next week unless Jan Vertonghen returns to fitness. Astonishing to think someone with his talent could be snapped up for just £4 million.

Holtby looks better and better with every game

The German looks to have really taken his chances in pre season, and has consistently been one of the best players on the pitch in every game. He assisted another goal today with a super cross, and continues to be a massive attacking threat when he brings the ball forward, as well as possessing an equally valuable ability to disrupt opponents midfield play. It would be a huge surprise if he isn't given a run in the Spurs side at the start of the season proper.

Two much maligned fullbacks look stronger already under Pochettino

Danny Rose and Kyle Naughton were two players that came in for a lot of criticism at Spurs last year, some of it justified, some not. Both players are however already looking much stronger under Pochettino, himself an international defender in his playing career. The Argentine did wonders with the Southampton defence during his time at the club, and any manager that can wring that extra quality out of a player he's responsible for is worth his weight in gold. Ben Davies has been brought in as competition for Rose, who in turn has put in some excellent performances and for my money, deserves to start against West Ham next week. Naughton is a little more up for debate, but with another rumoured signing on the radar in US international DeAndre Yedlin, he too has raised his game somewhat.

The World Cup players may find it hard to get into the team

With the aforementioned strength in depth, it is hard to image the likes of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Mousa Dembele, Paulinho, and Nacer Chadli getting close to this Tottenham team right now. Central midfield has looked well stocked enough in the summer friendlies despite the club's two most expensive signings in that position still to come in, while all the wingers have had their moments, something that will count against Chadli as he tries to make a positive impression on his new manager.

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