Son can be an effective striker
The comments emenating from Spurs about having plenty of options up front after their failure to sign Saido Berahino seemed like desperate attempts to appease the fans. But on last night’s showing, Heung-Min Son can definitely do a job there. While the opposition were not the best, the South Korean showed a willingness to switch between playing on the shoulder and dropping into pockets of space to receive the ball – and most importantly, knows where the goal is.
Alli has it all
Comparisons to Steven Gerrard accompanied Dele Alli’s move to Spurs, and he is beginning to demonstrate the attributes of a complete midfielder. Physically he’s a big presence and is effective at winning the ball back, with an engine that goes all night. Technically, he plays like a tricky winger at times, with one-touch flicks and sharp turns making him a major threat going forward.
Lamela will frustrate but is worth sticking with
The Argentine wasn’t and will never be worth £30 million but Spurs should persevere with him, despite his endless capacity to frustrate. He fails to do the most basic of football requirements at times but more often than not is heavily involved in the attacking play and usually makes a contribution – be that a key pass, chance created or a goal himself.
Trippier not yet ready to usurp Walker
The Burnley man looked sharp in pre-season and looked primed to give Kyle Walker a real run for his money, but on the evidence of last night still looks some way off. He was at fault for the penalty, struggled against his winger for much of the game and failed to offer a great deal going forward.
Spurs can now field two threatening teams
Last night’s performance is proof Tottenham’s summer transfer window was a success. Last season, fans were forced to endure the likes of Soldado, Paulinho and Chiriches in Europa League line ups, but last night - despite making six changes - Spurs remained an exciting, dynamic team. When considering those who are currently out injured (Bentaleb, Eriksen, Dembele) and those still to be fully integrated (N’Jie, Pritchard), the squad looks in very healthy shape indeed.