Five things we learned from Tottenham's 2-1 Europa League win

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We take a look at five things we learnt during Tottenham's 2-1 win over Asteras Tripoli last night in the Europa League.

Kane must start

It has been becoming more and more obvious for weeks now, but Harry Kane simply must be Mauricio Pochettino's go-to-guy up-front.

The academy-product is in scintillating form and looks far more a goal-threat than any other player in Tottenham Hotspur's attacking ranks. 

Kane is now on 10 goals for the season, after scoring Spurs' second of the night with a well-placed header, and Pochettino must put his faith in the 21-year-old.

The England youth-international is yet to start a game in the Premier League and if Pochettino wants to help the side start climbing the table he needs to bring in Kane for Emmanuel Adebayor.

Townsend still offers a threat

Andros Townsend's direct running can still be a threat when he is on the top of his game.

Townsend has come under criticism in recent months because of his predictable play and lack of end product, but he can still be a valuable outlet for the side.

The fleet-footed winger was Spurs' most eye-catching attacking player last night and his goal and assist were fine reward for his display.

Davies struggling

Danny Rose may not be up to the quality required to play regularly for Spurs, but he is unquestionably their best left-back at the moment.

Ben Davies was brought in by Pochettino this summer to provide competition to Rose and many expected him to force his way into the team ahead of the forward-thinking defender.

However, the former Swansea City man has struggled to have any impact on games and he was very poor last night.

Davies' passing was off and he offered little attacking threat throughout a match were Spurs had a considerable amount of possession. 

Pochettino's system still needs work

There is still an imbalanced feel to Tottenham's play, as they get used to Pochettino's system of choice.

The Argentine manager has been famed for playing with a high-pressing approach, which allows attacking players a lot of freedom, but it is still a work in progress with the Lilywhites.

There were times when Spurs looked to be disjointed during the match and the hope is that they will adapt to the new system sooner rather than later. 

Eriksen well off his best

There have been a number of players who have benefitted from Pochettino's management, but Eriksen is one of the players who seems to have regressed under his stewardship.

The Dane was in brilliant form towards the back end of the season, but he has not carried that level of performance into the new season and he needs to start raising his performance levels to even remain in the starting line-up. 

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