Five things we learned from Tottenham Hotspur vs Anderlecht

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The Lilywhites left Belgium empty-handed last night after a 2-1 defeat.

Set pieces are becoming an issue

Saturday’s draw over Liverpool brought about it’s fair share of dodgy moments from set pieces and yesterday’s loss was no different.

Anderlecht’s equaliser came from a failure to deal with a corner and the Belgians threatened on several occasions after that.

Mauricio Pochettino has got Spurs looking solid in open play but set pieces must improve.

Clinton N’Jie isn’t a solution up front

The Cameroonian is a gifted player and has the pace to threaten in behind but doesn’t possess the physicality or positional awareness to play as a main striker.

The club’s claims that they had cover for Harry Kane due to the versatility of their forwards is proving to be little more than lip service.

Spurs suffer without Kyle Walker and Danny Rose

Ben Davies has been part of a strong Spurs defence this season, but lost his place to Rose last weekend and doesn’t look like regaining it soon.

Pace from the full-backs is vital in Pochettino’s system and Walker and Rose provide far more threat going forward and surprisingly more security in defence too.

Both are better at defending one-on-one duels than their back-ups, with Davies and Kieran Trippier struggling to deal with pacey wingers.

Andros Townsend doesn’t look like stepping up

The England international failed to make the most of a rare start once again and doesn’t look like forcing his way into the team, even in the absence of Heung-Min Son and Nacer Chadli.

His confidence seems drained and a White Hart Lane exit looks to be on the cards unless he has a drastic turnaround in form.

Even without goals, Harry Kane is vital

Spurs looked disjointed in their attacking play – bar a good opening 15 minutes – without Kane on the pitch and his introduction immediately brought about a change.

His presence alone worried the opposition far more than the nimble but lightweight N’Jie and his powerful run through on goal for Spurs' best chance in the second half summed up his game at present.

The 22-year old showed a good turn of pace and easily out-muscled the towering Kara Mbodji only to find his shot denied by the Anderlecht ‘keeper. He isn’t finding the net but remains Spurs’ most important attacking player.

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