Five things we learned about Tottenham following Norwich victory, including Eriksen's form

Tottenham Hotspur beat Norwich City 3-0 on Saturday afternoon - here are five things we learned from the game.


Tom Carroll has a part to play

At the start of the season, few thought that midfielder Tom Carroll would play much of a role after returning from his loan at Swansea City. Mauricio Pochettino has the likes of Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb who can play in the centre of midfield, so Carroll was seen as a sixth choice. Yet, with a goalscoring cameo against Norwich, it seems that Carroll could yet play a part under Pochettino this season, especially with Spurs contending in multiple competitions.

Dele Alli is the perfect modern day midfielder

19-year-old Alli has taken the Premier League by storm since joining up with the Tottenham squad in the summer, and he was once again exceptional against Norwich. Alli can be physical and aggressive when he needs to be, he can glide past players in possession, and he can pick out the right pass in the final third - as seen with the first two goals on Saturday. Tottenham have found themselves the ideal modern day midfielder, who can do it all - and he's still just 19, with his best years ahead of him.

Spurs took advantage when they needed to

Tottenham will have been kicking themselves when they lost to lowly Newcastle earlier this month, but they capitalised this weekend. League leaders Leicester City lost 1-0 away at Liverpool, whilst Arsenal were thrashed 4-0 at Southampton. Spurs' win has closed the gap at the top, and that's just what they needed to do, with such fierce competition at the top of the Premier League table.

It may be time for Eriksen to drop out

Most people know that Christian Eriksen's best role is as a No. 10, but he has played out on the left hand side for most of the campaign so far, with limited returns so far. Against Norwich he was again off the pace, and it's so far unclear whether that's down to his position, just a bad run of form, or because he's tired. Either way, Pochettino should consider handing a start to Son Heung-min or Nacer Chadli on the left against Watford on Monday, just to give Eriksen a break, and show that his place isn't always guaranteed.

Pochettino wants more from the Tottenham fans

White Hart Lane is always an intimidating place to play, and their fans have been exceptional so far this season. Yet, early in to the second half against Norwich, manager Pochettino was seen trying to rally the Spurs fans and roar the team on to get a third goal. The atmosphere during games over Christmas can be hit-and-miss sometimes, but it was clear that Pochettino wanted a little more energy from the supporters on Saturday, who may have felt that the game was over at half time with a 2-0 scoreline.

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