Two Spurs stars who proved a point v Sunderland, two who disappointed

It was a mixed day for Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday Here are their hits and misses...

Hit - Benjamin Stambouli

For the second time in a week, the Frenchman proved his worth to Mauricio Pochettino.

Benjamin Stambouli was solid in the tackle and let very little past him in midfield. It will be interesting to see, now, whether the 24-year-old becomes Tottenham's first-choice central midfielder when Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason return to the fold.

Miss - Roberto Soldado

Once again, however, Roberto Soldado disappointed for Spurs. There was not quite the comical miss he produced against Burnley during the Sunderland clash - but there was, in fact, nothing at all from the Spaniard.

Soldado can run, press high and work hard. But can he do anything for Tottenham that a striker should be able to?

The emphatic answer since he joined Spurs seems to be no.

Hit - Andros Townsend

Elsewhere, Andros Townsend still has a long way to go for the north London side. He has been woeful for Tottenham this year and let fans down time after time.

Against Sunderland, however, the winger actually delivered. A wide man's job is to surge down the byline and deliver a good cross. Sometimes that wide man can cut inside. All Townsend has ever done is cut inside, though.

Except against the Black Cats. After coming on, the 23-year-old delivered the ball for Christian Eriksen's goal and effectively proved a game changer in the second half. Small steps.

Miss - Emmanuel Adebayor

Yet again, though, Soldado was not the only Tottenham striker to disappoint. Sunderland were there for the taking at White Hart Lane but, on a day when neither Soldado nor Harry Kane looked too threatening, Emmanuel Adebayor looked even more lackadaisical.

Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, it is hard to shine during 30-minute windows. But the Spurs star is only in that position because of his own attitude in north London and those 30-minute windows are all he will get for now.

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