Five observations from Spurs' 1-0 win over Sydney FC - featuring Yedlin and Lamela

Jan Vertonghen

A decent performance saw Spurs win the second game of their post-season tour, courtesy of another Harry Kane strike.

Nabil Bentaleb and Benji Stambouli impressed at the back

The two midfielders played in unfamiliar positions in defence for Spurs, but didn't look as if they were playing out of their comfort zone. Bentaleb was only at left back for the first half, but was an attacking threat for the Londoners down the flank, and he was strong enough and composed enough to look defensively sound. Stambouli has featured before in central defence at Montpellier, but looked comfortable there for Spurs, and this versatility could see him get more game time if he is still at White Hart Lane next season.

Rabonas look like becoming Erik Lamela’s signature move

Erik Lamela displayed a lot of classy touches throughout the game, using his body movements to throw players wherever he wanted them to go. But his attempt to chip the Sydney goalkeeper with another Rabona chip midway through the first half drew gasps from the crowd. The Argentine this week won the Europa League goal of the season with his Rabona goal against Asteras, and he was clearly eager to entertain with a move that is fast becoming his signature piece of skill.

DeAndre Yedlin is still a raw talent, but looked good

The US International played his second full match in a row, as Mauricio Pochettino seeks to integrate him into the first team. And for the most part, the 21-year-old impressed, using his pace very well both offensively and defensively, and covering his fellow defenders throughout. However, he also played a sloppy pass from right back across the front of the box, which a Sydney player picked up and was only stopped from scoring by Jan Vertonghen on the line. It was a reminder that the former Seattle Sounders man is a developing talent, rather than an established one.

Jan Vertonghen was superb

Just a day after Spurs announced the signing of another left-footed central defender, Jan Vertonghen put in a throughly accomplished performance in the middle of the back four. It was a reminder of his qualities, especially bringing the ball out of defence, something he did more than once in Sydney. Pochettino will surely hope the Belgian is happy to stay in North London, because if he can find regular form of this ilk, he's one of the best centre backs in the league.

Tom Carroll deserves a first team opportunity next season

After starting in the match against a Malaysia XI earlier in the week, and providing two assists for Harry Kane, Carroll had a shorter opportunity to impress in Australia, only appearing for the second half. But he still managed to catch the eye with some superb passing and link up play in his time on the pitch. One tremendous piece of skill to take the ball past his man into the box was Luka Modric-esque, and a sign that Pochettino should give the 23-year-old an opportunity in the first team next season.

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