Five things we learned about Tottenham after 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa

Vlad Chiriches

Tottenham lost 1-0 to Aston Villa on Saturday - here are five things we learned about Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Fazio becoming a problem

Signed from Sevilla last summer, Argentine Federico Fazio - standing at 6ft 5in - was expected to add a dominant aerial presence to the Tottenham defence alongside the more finesse-based Jan Vertonghen. Instead, Fazio's crippling lack of pace was exposed by Villa, and he was beaten in the air by Christian Benteke for the winning goal. His display did little to suggest 

Yedlin over Chiriches

The 'Vlad Chiriches at right back' experiment had a great start away at Hull in November - but it now appears to have run its course. The Romanian was deployed there once again on Saturday with Kyle Walker absent, but was given the run around throughout and didn't offer anything offensively. It may be a risk, but with little to play for at this stage of the season, playing DeAndre Yedlin whilst Walker is out will allow the American international to adjust to Premier League football.

Wide areas must be improved

The likes of Nacer Chadli, Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela all featured against Villa, but their performances were indicative of their seasons; not producing enough. Tottenham need to give consistent supply to Harry Kane in attack, with the England international cutting a forlorn figure up front against Villa - and Pochettino needs to find an upgrade in the summer transfer window.

Questions over Pochettino are premature

After the game, many people decided it was time to ask whether manager Mauricio Pochettino was the right man for Tottenham and whether Spurs had really improved under his leadership. It's far too soon to be asking those questions, given that Pochettino has been lumped with the players from the disastrous summer 2013 transfer window. Pochettino has relied heavily on a number of players, and with little quality depth behind them, they've just worn out towards the end of the season. Until Pochettino has had time to mould his own squad, the big question marks may be a little too premature.

Yes, Tottenham were right to sack Sherwood

Another common theme after the game was that Tottenham 'made a mistake' by letting Villa boss Tim Sherwood leave the club last summer. Again, that was just a severe overreaction to Villa's win, and whilst Sherwood is faring well with Villa, his success so far is no indication that he would have done the same at Tottenham had he been kept at White Hart Lane.

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