Five things learned from Tottenham's Burnley win: Walker, Mason & Lamela feature

Five conclusions from Tottenham Hotspur's 2-1 win over the Clarets at White Hart Lane.

Walker's importance

One thing that was striking about Tottenham's 2-1 win over Burnley on Saturday afternoon was how much Mauricio Pochettino's side concentrated on the right-hand side.

Yes, Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen enjoyed plenty of success down the left - the first goal being no exception - but Erik Lamela and Kyle Walker dominated on the opposite flank. And that goes to show just how important the latter has already become for Pochettino since returning from injury.

Walker brought the best out of Lamela with his presence and offered the north London side so much going forward himself.

... Mason's importance

Even more important, though, was Ryan Mason. During the first half, the 23-year-old was actually rather wasteful. His vision and desire to shoot were admirable - but his final product was rather less so.

When Mason came off, however, Spurs lost all their energy, pace and drive, simply holding on to a one-goal lead in the second half instead of really trying to kill Burnley off. That proved how important Mason's engine and off-the-ball movement is to Pochettino's system. Benjamin Stambouli could not fill the void.

Finally the real Lamela - or yet another false dawn?

Back to Lamela - and what a mysterious player the Tottenham winger is. Against Burnley, he was immense. It may have been his best performance to date for the White Hart Lane outfit and his first ever Premier League goal was absolutely sensational.

How many times have Spurs fans seen glimpses from the Argentine, however, only to be left disappointed with a barren display the following week? If Lamela wants to prove he truly is a £30 million player, today's performance needs to become a regular occurrence.

A shaky defence?

While everything was rosy going forward for Pochettino's men on Saturday, defensive issues still remained. Walker did well going forward, while Ben Davies, Federico Fazio and Jan Vertonghen may have done well on an individual basis.

But, as a unit, the Tottenham defence had real issues. And a better team going forward would probably have capitalised.

The Spurs back line were slow, shaky and clumsy - looking afraid to really press or close the Clarets down. They are certainly a better unit without Younes Kaboul - but a lot of improvement is still needed.

A Merry Christmas

Still, the positives were there in abundance at White Hart Lane today. Tottenham have now won three games in a row in all competitions - two back-to-back at the Lane - and are, temporarily at the very least, back into sixth place.

It could, meanwhile, be a very merry Christmas indeed for Pochettino's team, as they face bottom-side Leicester City on Boxing Day, before hosting Manchester United and Chelsea over the festive period. With Spurs now over their fears at home, there is no reason they can't aim to take points in all three of those fixtures.

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