Five things learned as Spurs beat Brighton 2-0 in League Cup

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Tottenham marched into the League Cup quarter finals by beating the Championship side 2-0 - Erik Lamela and Harry Kane scoring the goals.

That Vertonghen keeps getting snubbed as captain is baffling

It was some surprise when Spurs came out on to the field that Aaron Lennon, a player on the fringes at Spurs, was leading the team instead of Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian was heavily favoured as an option for the permanent captain role after Michael Dawson left, a role that eventually went to Younes Kaboul with Hugo Lloris and Emmanuel Adebayor vice-captains. That Lennon, who has very limited experience as skipper, was wearing the captain's armband was strange, and seemed to indicate that something has gone on behind the scenes to warrant such a move. With a lack of any obvious replacements, Vertonghen took the armband from Lennon once the winger went off, but is he really the fourth best option for skipper?

Lennon looked eager while he was on the pitch

Though the first half was a disappointing affair, with minimal decent goalscoring chances and instead, an over dependence on long range shots, a fairly regular Spurs problem, Aaron Lennon looked determined to get in and amongst play. He helped give play a sense of urgency whenever he got on the ball, and is different from other Spurs wingers Lamela and Chadli, and to an extent Townsend, in the sense that he takes the most direct route to danger areas when he can. The former Leeds man had a couple of good moments that didn't come off, but he showed that he still has something to offer for Spurs, who are dangerously short of natural wide options. He is the only player at the club that has played that kind go touchline holding position on the wing with any degree of success.

Kane a long way off the finished article

He scored again, but Kane showed the occasional sloppy pass, poor or absent touch, or positional naivety that can be expected from a 21-year-old. This isn't a criticism but more of a statement that he remains a work in progress, albeit a genuinely talented one. What he did demonstrate though was a top-class work ethic that can certainly help him on to becoming a better player, it was present in his race with the Brighton defender to turn the ball home for the second goal. It's a big question for Pochettino to figure out if the Englishman is the best option to go with up front compared to what Spurs currently have to offer.

Soldado and Lamela work well together

The Spaniard's link up play with Lamela was wonderful for the Argentine's goal, and it isn't the first time that the two big money signings have shown that bit of chemistry that others in the team lack. Soldado had an ok game in general, a couple of chances he may have felt he should do better with, as well as striking the crossbar one time, but one of the major things missing for Spurs in recent months has been attacking chemistry. It might be an idea for Pochettino to risk Lamela playing behind the former Valencia man to bring them closer together in attacking positions.

Pochettino may need to refine his squad rotation

Rotating your squad is all well and good to keep players happy and playing games, but only when there is a clear 'rising to the top' mentality. With a lot of well-paid, international players, every one of them can make a claim for their position, but when no one is continually earning a starting spot on form, there is a problem with consistency. Arguably, only Hugo Lloris has shone in the vast majority of his appearances, while Pochettino has done well by bringing Ryan Mason into the starting eleven in the league. He should do the same whenever a player performs well in the cup in a position a Premier League regular is struggling, particularly in the attacking positions.

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