Five things learned as Spurs lose to Juventus in Melbourne

Erik Lamela celebrates with Victor Wanyama after scoring the first goal for Tottenham

The North Londoners were defeated 2-1 in Australia, but the likes of Erik Lamela, Victor Wanyama and Marcus Edwards impressed.

Juventus' Pol Lirola in action with Tottenham's Victor WanyamaJuventus' Pol Lirola in action with Tottenham's Victor Wanyama

Vincent Wanyama looks like a good signing

The powerful Kenyan demonstrated his strength and influence throughout the match as he played 90 minutes against the Italians. As one of the more experienced players in the Spurs side, he was arguably the best performer in a first half where the Londoners were mostly on the back foot.

Some of his passing was off, but Wanyama managed to come forward with the ball at times, while he crucially dispossessed an opponent and then laid the ball off for Erik Lamela to score what would turn out to be little more than a consolation. The former Southampton man looks capable of playing alongside Eric Dier as well, with an encouraging ability to carry the ball.

It was a mixed bag for the youngsters

There were many young players featuring for Spurs, some of whom are yet to make a first team appearance and others who are gradually building up their experience. It was an inexperienced trio who were poor early on, with Cameron Carter-Vickers, Dominic Ball and Will Miller all culpable to varying degrees in the two Juventus goals. As the game went on, Ball continued to struggle, while Carter-Vickers improved and Miller looked much stronger when he pushed forward.

Juventus' Paulo Dybala in action with Tottenham's Cameron Carter VickersJuventus' Paulo Dybala in action with Tottenham's Cameron Carter Vickers

In the second half, Harry Winks and Josh Onomah both improved the side, while Marcus Edwards was particularly eye-catching (more on him later) and Shayon Harrison also looked a livewire. Anton Walkes and Luke Amos, late substitutes, did a reasonable job as Spurs sought an equaliser.

It will be interesting to see who features against Atletico Madrid later this week. 

The first half was a hark back to the Borussia Dortmund tie last season

The young Spurs defence was always set to be vulnerable against a side with several first team players featuring, but the Tottenham midfield were unable to compete with their opponents, and that will have likely disappointed Mauricio Pochettino more. The likes of Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll, Nacer Chadli and Heung-Min Son were all involved in the desperately poor 3-0 loss against Borussia Dortmund in Germany last season, and they were unable to influence again in the opening 45 minutes, which in turn left Vincent Janssen isolated up front. 

With several playing for their futures, they will have to step it up if they are to deserve a spot in the squad this season.

It will be a big season for Erik Lamela

The Argentine helped change the game after coming on at halftime, unsurprisingly looking match fit with his Copa America exploits this summer meaning won't need much football to get back to match fitness. Pochettino will have to be careful about how he uses a player that didn't have a proper summer off, but Lamela was eager to receive the ball, and able to threaten more often than not. He scored one great effort and should have probably netted a second.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela in action with Stoke's Ibrahim AfellayTottenham's Erik Lamela in action with Stoke's Ibrahim Afellay

Lamela's Spurs career has improved with every season, and if he adds a little more consistency and a slightly improved goal ratio, he could become one of the Premier League's best midfielders this season.

Marcus Edwards is a player to get excited about

Spurs starlet Edwards would have certainly caught the eye in front of the TV cameras, arriving in the second half and displaying impressive dribbling skills and attacking threat.

Despite being just 17 and facing one of the most famous clubs in the world, in a stadium on the other side of the world, Edwards demanded the ball at every opportunity, and like Lamela, looked a real threat in what for all intents and purposes was his public debut for the first team.

Plenty of talented youngsters have come through the Spurs academy in recent years, but Edwards might be the most exciting of the lot. 

England's Marcus EdwardsEngland's Marcus Edwards

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