Tottenham Hotspur finally got their first victory of the new season at the weekend, courtesy of Ryan Mason.
Tottenham Hotspur got their first win of the season when Ryan Mason scored a late goal to secure a 1-0 victory against Sunderland on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side had struggled to break down the Black Cats up to that point but a sublime passing move involving Erik Lamela, Harry Kane and Mason resulted in the latter slotting past Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.
With time to reflect on the match, here are five things we learned about Tottenham at the weekend:
Alli is more than just a goal-scorer
Dele Alli made his full debut for Tottenham at the weekend and he looked a class act.
The 19-year-old may not have been able to provide the breakthrough but he was composed throughout and regularly recovered the ball or won duels against opponents.
Alli has the fighting spirit to be a future Spurs great…even when he is not scoring or creating.
Kane desperately needs a club goal
After two goals in two games for England, it seemed the tide had turned for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, but he is still yet to score for his club this season and he desperately needs one to go in off his knee just to turn the corner.
What Kane really needs is supply, and for much of Sunday’s match that was simply non-existent.
Son needs time
Heung-Min Son made his debut after signing for Bayer Leverkusen last month but his contribution was limited and he will know he has much better games to come.
It was always going to take the South Korea international time to settle and fans should not expect too much from him too soon.
N’Jie’s debut cannot come too soon
That said, with Kane not scoring and Tottenham having no other out-and-out striking options at the moment, the return from injury of Clinton N’Jie cannot come soon enough.
If the Cameroon international can hit the ground running he could ease the pressure on those around him and give his new side that injection of excitement they desperately need.
Lamela and Townsend still have big roles to play
Erik Lamela and Andros Townsend both came off the bench and had an impact, with the Argentine international playing Mason through for the match-winning goal.
Lamela in particular was great when he came on, creating four chances in just 23 minutes, but the trick is consistency – something he has so far failed to muster.