- A game that looked a potential banana skin on paper – a Sam Allardyce team come to Wembley to defend – turned into one of Spurs best performances of the season. The biggest win against Everton since Bill Nicholson’s first game, a 10-4 victory back in 1958. The early goal certainly helped open the game up and Spurs dominated the scoring opportunities, 20 shots to 7 and 2.9 expected goals to 0.5.
- Spurs attack always seems to click around this time of the season. Generally Pochettino’s teams start slowly and look sluggish going forward. They struggle to break down defensive teams and get too many draws. Then around Christmas things start to change. The passing gets quicker, the players seem to be more confident, on the same wavelength. Is this a function of his coaching, the complexity of his tactics? Or is it just one of those things?
- Son has become the missing piece in the jigsaw for the Spurs attack. Pochettino has been looking for a pacy, direct forward. N’Jie and N’Koudou were brought in but underwhelmed. Son has proved he can be that player and can now consider himself a full member of the first team. The combination of Son, Alli, Eriksen and Kane is a truly frightening prospect for opposing defences.
- Dembele has look off the pace in his few appearances this term. Now 30 years old, and after a protracted spell on the sidelines through injury, there was a general feeling the powerful midfielder might be past his best. This match was a return to form. Back was the strength on the ball, back was the ease with which he skipped past defenders (he finished with 5 successful dribbles). Even his passing looked to have improved, with an incisive through ball that led to a chance for Kane. The question now is can he maintain this form?
- Aurier looked full of enthusiasm and gave Tottenham some much needed width – an example was the opening goal. Trippier just doesn’t provide the same attacking threat and that is a problem when faced with a defensive opponent. Davies and Aurier gives a good balance. Aurier gets forward more, while Davies has the ability to tuck in and play almost as a third centre back.
- Dier is a much better central midfielder than centre back and Spurs are a better team with Dier in central midfield. The England midfielder can slot into defence when needed and he is great at shielding the back four. What is less often mentioned is his passing ability, honed in Portugal, which allows him to help start attacks from deep. For this reason, I would play him over even Wanyama.
- Davinson Sanchez is really impressive for a 21 year old straight out of the Dutch League. We have definitely missed Alderweireld but Sanchez has softened the impact of the Belgian’s absence.
- It has to be mentioned that Everton were really poor. As expected they they didn’t offer much going forward but their defence wasn’t great either. Spurs first three goals came from very close range, never a good sign for the opposition.
- It was great to see Aaron Lennon playing again. He was a great servant to Tottenham. My favourite memory of his time at Spurs is sitting in White Hart Lane in the snow watching him tear apart Alex Ferguson’s United.