Lamela gave a timely reminder of his talent
Erik Lamela didn't have a flawless game at all against Asteras. He was guilty of overrunning the ball at times, as well as getting the occasional simple lay off wrong during an attack. But his astonishing Rabona goal from outside the box to give Spurs a 2-0 lead was as good an effort as anyone will see this season, a quite frankly outrageous piece of skill, and should certainly encourage all those that had doubted why Spurs would pay up to £30 million for the 22-year-old. Such is the nature of football, and the fact of course that it is at its best when it gets people off their seat, that the only thing remembered about his performance against Asteras is his stunning first and fine second goal that made up his brace.
The Argentine may be best suited on the left wing
Lamela's performance also proved that he could be a genuine option on the left wing for Mauricio Pochettino's side. With Andros Townsend also providing pace and skill on the right wing, the two widemen were a constant threat to Asteras with their ball carrying ability, while both players were also a threat with their shooting from distance. With Lamela on the left, defenders can't be sure if he will go outside onto his favoured foot or cut inside and lay off the ball, on the right hand side the former Roma man almost always cuts back on to his left.
Maybe it’s time for Kane to start in the Premier League
Harry Kane is now way out in front of his teammates as Tottenham's top scorer. The England Under-21 star has 7 goals in just 10 games, and has proven himself particularly strong in the Europa League where he is one of the top scorers. It is easy to say he isn't Premier League class but the striker only has 44 minutes to his name in this season's league campaign, and managed 3 in 10 games last season. His purple patch should be given a chance in the coming league games, particularly as he is able to play up alongside another centre forward, because who knows how far he can go?
Spurs don’t have enough penalty box threat
Despite the emphatic scoreline and the inevitable positivity sure to surround Lamela and Kane, there was plenty of things that would have concerned Pochettino during the match. For much of the opening half Spurs were reduced to strikes from outside the box, even if they were superbly hit and resulted in a 2-0 lead. Emmanuel Adebayor constantly failed to receive the ball and shoot on goal from within the box. In the second half, goals appeared from inside the penalty area, though not necessarily through intricate passing and forward play but as a result of rebounds and desperate defending gone wrong. Both the Togo star and Roberto Soldado score the majority of their goals in the box, so unless Pochettino mixes up his tactics in the Premier League the club's strikers are unlikely to get much success.
Spurs were caught out too often at the back
If Asteras would have finished as well as Spurs did themselves, the scoreline might have been a fair bit closer. Tottenham continued with their high line against the Greeks, despite getting caught out by the pace of the opposition attackers time and time again. They had to rely on one superb stop from Hugo Lloris to keep the score down, before the Frenchman saw red late on for a clumsy challenge outside of his box. It is no wonder that Spurs' rate of conceded penalties and red cards has gone up considerably in recent years given a reluctance to play a deeper defensive line.