Harry Kane cannot carry the attack singlehandedly for the rest of the team, Mauricio Pochettino’s team are always competitive and other things we learned from Colchester 1 Tottenham 4
By Editor Wayne Veysey
Kane needs an able deputy
As exclusively revealed by Football Insider on Saturday morning, Tottenham have won the race to sign Moussa Dembele from Fulham. But the 19-year-old striker is expected to return to Craven Cottage on loan for the rest of the season, which still leaves a hole in the squad where a proven goalscorer should be. Harry Kane, who started at Colchester after dropping to the bench for both legs of the FA Cup tie against Leicester earlier this month, has broad shoulders but he cannot carry the attack singlehandedly for the rest of the season. He was replaced by Son Heung-Min at the 65-minute mark but the £22million man does not have the physical attributes to spearhead the attack. Spurs’ need to bring in a striker, either permanently or on loan, is paramount. Their trophy hopes could depend upon it.
Spurs have most bases covered
This was the 33rd match of the season for Tottenham but there is no sign yet of their squad being decimated by the gruelling schedule, as has been the case at Liverpool. Pochettino rang the changes against the League One team, with regulars Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Kyle Walker, Mousa Dembele and Delle Alli dropped to the bench. Despite the odd nervous moment, Spurs still sauntered past this potential banana skin and demonstrated that, bar up front, most bases are covered in their squad. They have the strength in depth to always be competitive.
Dier is more comfortable in midfield
With Jan Vertonghen sidelined with knee ligament damage and Alderweireld rested, Spurs had a new centre-back partnership of Eric Dier and Kevin Wimmer. Naturally enough, the communication at the back was not quite as telepathic as it has been with the brilliant Belgian pairing. At time, Dier was guilty of being overly casual in a John Stones kind of way. The versatile England international was used solely at centre-back by former club Sporting Lisbon but he looks more comfortable anchoring the midfield than the defence.
Chadli puts pressure on Lamela and Eriksen
What managers of all top teams want is competition for places. Pochettino will be delighted that he could be faced with a few selection headaches in the coming weeks. Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen have been the preferred men for the wide attacking roles in recent months but Nacer Chadli gave a reminder of his class with two goals and an assist as Spurs progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup. It has been a stop-start season for the Belgium international, with injury ruling him out for two months, but he has an eye for goal and the ability to beat his opponent. Chadli’s second goal owed something to fortune but his first was an exquisite finish and demonstrated what an asset he could be in the coming months.
Trippier is providing competition for Walker
The former Burnley defender has taken his time to find his feet at Tottenham and has been very much the understudy to established right-back Kyle Walker. But Kieran Trippier has improved markedly in his recent showings and demonstrated against Colchester, particularly with some outstanding deliveries from the flank, that Walker could soon be looking over his shoulder.