Five things learned from Tottenham's 2-1 win over Malaysia XI - Kane, Carroll and Townsend feature

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Spurs followed up their fifth place Premier League finish with a victory over a Malaysian Super League All-Star XI in Kuala Lumpur.

Tom Carroll looks more capable coming forward

After a loan spell at Swansea that saw him make 18 appearances this season, Carroll has returned to Spurs looking to have a little more to offer than before. The England Under-21 midfielder managed to break forward furthest of any of the central midfielders, and popped up in dangerous positions for both goals. Whether that will end up being his best role remains to be seen, but if he continues to impress Mauricio Pochettino this summer then Carroll may have a future at Spurs, but at 23-years-old, this could be his last chance at White Hart Lane.

Andros Townsend looked eager to prove a point

Whether you saw his influence on the game in the first half as an attacking weapon for Spurs or an inability to supply that final piece of end product that could lead to a goal or an assist, there was no denying that Townsend was involved, and determined to be involved. Like Carroll, Townsend may have one final year to bring his form to a level where he has Spurs fans on his side, rather than debating his contribution.

The youngsters impressed

Several young players were given chances to catch Pochettino's eye. Harry Winks improved after a temperamental first half, Kyle Walker-Peters looked a quick and capable option at left back after replacing Danny Rose, and was eager to get forward and is versatile enough to play on the right flank. Josh Onomah showed some impressive touches and flashes of skill after coming on, as did Grant Ward. All in all it showed that there are plenty of promising individuals on the cusp of coming through at the club.

Defensive mistakes remain the thing to fix in the team

Especially in the first half, several players were guilty of gifting possession to their opponents, leading to threatening breaks that Spurs generally managed to repulse. But mistakes in possession or when playing simple passes were a feature of Tottenham's status as one of the worst defences in the Premier League this season, and are something Pochettino has to address with as much attention as any possible signing.

Harry Kane was the saviour yet again

No matter who Spurs have been playing over the last 12 months, more often than not Kane has bailed them out of trouble, or lead them to a victory, and against the Malaysian XI it was the 21-year-old who was again the match winner. It's great to have a player like that in Tottenham's locker, but in the second half, with Spurs dominating the match, the North Londoners couldn't add to their lead with Kane off the field, leading to that familiar, and risky scoreline of 2-1. Surely one of the major problems to be addressed in the squad this summer is adding an impact striker to back up the England international.

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