Five things learned from Spurs' draw at Sunderland: Eriksen, Lamela and Vertonghen feature

Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 at Sunderland on Saturday but it was a game they should have won. Here are five things we learned...

Time is a healer

At times at the Stadium of Light, Spurs looked unplayable. Their one-touch passing was only outshone by their ability to strike impressively from distance.

In the end, however, Spurs dropped two points they shouldn't have. What that tells you is that Mauricio Pochettino's revolution needs time. The signs are there that the Argentine is getting the north London side to play brilliant, effective football.

But the signs are also there that it will take Tottenham a while to iron out the weaknesses in their game.

The same goes for Lamela

The same can be said of star man Erik Lamela. The 22-year-old was brilliant in flashes for Spurs but lacked an end product and, despite hitting the bar, failed to net when he had ample chance to do so.

His free kick right at the death of the game came as a particular source of frustration to fans as he lobbed the ball high over the crossbar - when he could have made himself a match-winning hero. Patience is thus required if Lamela is to become as good as his £30 million price tag suggests.

Eriksen, however...

Another midfield star already looks the part, however, and is looking just as good as last season - when he was Tottenham's best player.

That man, of course, is Christian Eriksen, who made more accurate passes and completed more final-third passes than any of his team-mates. He also scored to put his side 2-1 up and, if every Spurs player was as good as the Dane, they'd struggle to drop points at all...

The defence needs work

Going forward, though, Tottenham looked very strong against the Black Cats. It was their defensive performance that will have worried supporters. Younes Kaboul had a poor game, while Danny Rose's constant surges forward may impact on his tracking back - eventually if not already.

Pochettino has brought in new personnel at the back recently and he may be forced to used them sooner rather than later.

Vertonghen is a big miss

A crucial reason for Spurs' defensive fragility, however, was the absence of Jan Vertonghen through a minor muscle injury.

That means that, while new defenders are yet to come in, it is a seasoned regular that was Tottenham's biggest miss on the day. The Belgian would likely have brought authority and composure to Spurs' back line and his absence was felt under the circumstances.

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