The three Tottenham stars who need to step up against Sheffield United

We take a look at Tottenham Hotspur's players who need to improve considerably against the Blades on Wednesday night.

With Tottenham Hotspur preparing for a crucial second leg tie against Sheffield United in the League Cup, they will know that only a much improved performance will see them through safely through to the final of the competition. 

Spurs are fairly lucky to have a lead to defend, after a below-par first-leg showing against the Blades, but their 1-0 advantage is far from insurmountable. 

Sheffield United have made a habit of beating Premier League sides in cup competitions recently and Spurs will have to be on their guard if they are not to leave Bramall Lane shocked. 

With a raucous home crowd expected, there are a number of Tottenham players who will need to up their game and in this piece we take a look at three Spurs stars who will be important to their chances. 

Emmanuel Adebayor

The striker was basically anonymous in the first leg. Given the captain's armband for the night, the Togolese frontman failed to find his best form and he was barely a threat. Adebayor has struggled to perform recently, but last week's display was arguably his poorest of the season and, if chosen to lead the line again, he will need to have a much bigger impact. 

Christian Eriksen 

As Tottenham's creative fulcrum he will need to step up against Sheffield United. Eriksen was strangely quiet in the first leg, but he is the sort of player who could guarantee success for Spurs. The Blades are simply not used to playing against players who are as talented as Eriksen is and if he is on the top of his game he will be impossible to stop. 

Ryan Mason

The midfielder came back into the Spurs side in the first leg and looked rusty after returning from injury. Mason has now had time to refresh his system and gain match-sharpness, though, and he will be looking to improve. Energetic, but also stylish, he can hurt the Blades from deep and his all-action approach in midfield will be key to Tottenham's chances. 

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