Five things we learned about Tottenham in their game against Everton

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

What did we learn as Tottenham kicked off their Premier League campaign against Everton at Goodison Park?

Tottenham's Erik Lamela scores their first goalTottenham's Erik Lamela scores their first goal

Tottenham got their Premier League campaign off to solid start as they picked up a point against Everton.

With a number of players struggling after a summer of football, what did we learn from Spurs' first game of the new season?

Janssen could prove a perfect partner for Kane

Tottenham's Vincent Janssen                                                                                                                        Tottenham's Vincent Janssen

 Harry Kane has been superb in Tottenham's last two seasons and was their best player as they narrowly missed out on the Premier League title.

The summer followed a slightly different pattern for Kane who, with Tottenham was superb but they failed to win the league, while with England he struggled and was part of the humiliated squad that were knocked out by Iceland.

Kane seems to have brought forward this poor form into the new season as he really struggled to have a telling impact against Everton. The three centre-backs utilised by the Toffees shackled Kane and isolated the forward.

Vincent Janssen was sent on in the second half in place of Dier and looked very good. The Dutch forward scored 27 goals in 34 games at former club AZ Alkmaar and brings a physical presence up-front.

At just under 6 feet tall he is not the biggest player, however, he is very strong, meaning his hold up play is an important part of his game, allowing teammates to make runs beyond him before he plays the ball on. His pace and movement are also important to his game with his ability to be in the right place at the right time vital to his side.

With Kane yesterday, Janssen looked good as the two linked up well. The two only had 45 minutes to try and form a partnership which is not enough time, however, over the course of the season they will have more than enough time to get to know the others game.

Having another recognised striker will also take a lot of pressure off Kane. If the Englishman lost form last season then he would have to try to play himself back into form without a real striker backing him up. With Janssen though, Kane knows that he at last has some cover up front.

Vorm is far too good to stay on the bench

Tottenham's Michel Vorm                                                                                                                          Tottenham's Michel Vorm

Michel Vorm replaced Hugo Lloris after the Frenchman went off with an injury. Tottenham were already a goal down by the time Vorm came on and they could have been further behind had it not been for Vorm's saves.

Most notably, the Dutch goalkeeper spared Danny Rose's blushes as his backpass was picked off by Gerard Deulofeu who would have scored Everton's second had it not been for Vorm spreading himself well at the feet of the forward.

Vorm has been at Tottenham since 2014 and has really struggled to make an impact on the London side with Hugo Lloris preferred in goal. However, at 32, the former Swansea City goalkeeper is running out of time to leave his mark on the Premier League.

Vorm showed in his appearance against Everton that he is a very talented player. The Toffees could have scored more had it not been for the Tottenham goalkeeper. Vorm was unfortunate on Saturday, with Everton's goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg starring in the game and taking the headlines instead of him.

Vorm is a very good goalkeeper, with his reflexes and shot stopping a big part of his game. He is also very good with his feet and adds an extra dimension and player into the Tottenham side with his time at Swansea only improving his ability.

The 32-year-old is unfortunate that Lloris, too, is also very good with his feet. Perhaps it is time for Vorm to seek out new challenges as it does not seem like he will get any appearances for Tottenham unless their captain and goalkeeper, Lloris, is injured.

Wanyama has his faults

Juventus' Mario Lemina in action with Tottenham's Victor Wanyama                                                                     Tottenham's Victor Wanyama

Discipline will be a huge area for Victor Wanyama to improve upon this season. The midfielder is undoubtedly talented and adds a different dimension to the Tottenham team. However, Wanyama has huge problems with his discipline.

Any doubt over this was immediately dispelled as he leaked free-kicks. In fact, one of his first meaningful acts as a Spurs player was giving away the free-kick that lead to Everton's goal.

His move from Southampton had been a long time coming, and he is a player that the London club needed. Very powerful and a force to be reckoned with when he is on the ball, if the Kenyan is able to vastly improve his technical ability, then he could become one of their stand-out players.

Defensively, he will play an important role for Tottenham and his partnership with Eric Dier may be a telling one in this title race. Offensively too, he can be a menace with his strength and powerful running a huge plus for his team.

With this need to improve his passing in particular, he must find a way to limit the number of fouls he makes in a game. Last season he was sent off three times and carried on the vein of fouling for Tottenham, giving away free-kicks in very dangerous positions. 

Spurs still have England players to improve

England's Dele Alli

                                                                                                                                   England's Dele Alli

Tottenham claimed a hard earned point yesterday without some of their key men firing. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier were all isolated in their respective positions with Alli in particular struggling.

It is likely that Tottenham's young England contingent are still suffering from a hangover from the summer. England were embarrassed by Iceland with the three players struggling in France.

Their humiliating defeat seems to have trickled through to their club form too. Kane found things difficult against Everton's three centre-backs, Alli could not get on the ball for long enough to have any sort of influence and Dier looked tired on the ball. Of the three, central-midfielder Eric Dier did look best.

While he was caught on the ball a few times and did not track as enthusiastically as last season, he did a very good job of covering his centre-backs and playing as an auxiliary centre-half.

Kane too, improved in the second half as Tottenham introduced Vincent Janssen. Brining Janssen on meant that Kane was not alone up-front in facing Everton's three centre-backs. The two linked up very well and it seemed to rejuvenate Kane slightly. The England front-man did play a sublime through ball to give Lamela the chance to win the game, but other than that he was quiet.

What Manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with is the fact that, while all three players were poor in their opening game, they will improve. Alli, Dier and Kane were superb in their last campaign which means that once a return to form happens, Tottenham will be back to their best again. 

Lamela a new man

Tottenham's Erik Lamela                                                                                                     Tottenham's Erik Lamela

Erik Lamela has really struggled since his big money move from Roma for around £26 million. In the immediate aftermath of the transfer, the Argentine was unable to justify such a large fee.

He was too weak to play in the league and his temperament was constantly under scrutiny. However, under Pochettino he has become a different player. He still has a lot of improving to do, however, the Tottenham fans are beginning to warm to him.

Last season he recorded nine assists and five goals and has started this season off in the same vein, scoring the goal that earned Tottenham a point in the game.

A few seasons ago, Lamela would not have been in the right position to attack the ball in the box, let alone actually head it. His performances as the season ended will have him starting to become more confident again, which could have a huge effect on Tottenham's season.

What every Tottenham fan will be hoping is that he can strike up a deadly partnership with Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli just behind Kane. Lamela's form seems to be building up to him becoming a very important part of Spurs' season.

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