Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 away at Everton this afternoon - here are five things we learned from the game.
Selling Aaron Lennon remains the right decision
Spurs let winger Lennon join Everton on loan almost a year ago, before completing a permanent switch over the summer. Today, the 28-year-old scored an outstanding goal against his former club, prompting some to ask whether it was the right decision to let him leave. Well; yes it was. Lennon wasn't playing how Mauricio Pochettino wanted him to, whereas players like Son Heung-min and Erik Lamela do. Those two players also have time on their side, so despite Lennon's goal, it was certainly the right decision to let him leave permanently.
Tottenham missed Mousa Dembele
The last time Belgian midfielder Dembele missed a game was at home to Newcastle in December - a game which Tottenham lost 2-1. After starting in Tottenham's two wins over Christmas, Dembele was out of this game through injury, and his absence was felt once again. Tottenham often lacked the power and drive that Dembele provides in midfield, and whilst Tom Carroll was neat and tidy, there are few players that can match what Dembele brings to the Spurs side, and Pochettino will want him back as quickly as possible.
There are few Premier League centre backs better than Toby Alderweireld
Alderweireld was impressive on loan at Southampton last season, but he seems to have improved even more this term. The Belgian was committed at the back and showed off his technical ability with an outstanding loan pass to set up Dele Alli's equaliser. The 26-year-old has been one of the signings of the season so far, and it's becoming more and more apparent with each passing game that there are very, very few Premier League centre backs on Alderweireld's level.
Still too many draws, though this was an unlucky one
Tottenham's 1-1 draw at Everton now means that they have drawn nine games in the Premier League this season, the most of any team in the top half of the table. Many have accused Tottenham of lacking the firepower to go and win this type of game, but Pochettino's men were desperately unlucky. Harry Kane and Ben Davies both rattled the woodwork with outstanding long range strikes, and on another day, both of those nestle in the net. In a frenetic game, Spurs arguably deserved more than one point.
Spurs are still in the title picture
The point means that Tottenham sit six points off league leaders Arsenal, and some are already ruling them out of the title race. Given the unpredictable nature of the Premier League this season, Spurs are certainly still in the mix for the title, even if they are labelled as the dark horses. Arsenal still have to visit White Hart Lane this season in a game that Tottenham will be looking to win, and with just two defeats so far, Pochettino has his side difficult to beat, whereas Arsenal and Manchester City have been prone to some bizarre defeats. Spurs are still a candidate for the title, and you should write them off at your peril.