22-year-old must be axed: Three things we learned about Tottenham in win against Swansea
By Editor Wayne Veysey
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Tottenham’s 5-0 win against Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday.
Dier should be axed
This was not the kind of taxing assignment that has highlighted the flaws of Eric Dier at centre-back in recent weeks. Swansea were powderpuff in comparison to the dynamic front lines of Monaco and Chelsea, but Dier should still be the man to miss out when Toby Alderweireld regains full fitness. The Belgian was absent for a 10th consecutive match on Saturday after he was deemed not fit enough to make his long-awaited comeback. Nevertheless, Alderweireld, who has been the finest centre-back in the Premier League in the last season-and-a-half, should walk straight back into the starting XI. Dier, 22, is an accident waiting to happen at centre-back and should be axed from the team.
Kane is a brilliant penalty taker
The most clinical finishers have ice in their veins when the pressure is cranked up, and Harry Kane certainly belongs in that category. The Spurs talisman celebrated his mega money, new six-year contract with his seventh and eighth goals of the season, to lift his tally to seven from nine Premier League matches. Kane has also scored six in five games since returning from injury, four of which have come from the penalty spot. The 23-year-old once again demonstrated his prowess from 12 yards after referee controversially pointed to the spot after ex-Spur Kyle Naughton tripped Dele Alli on the edge of the box. Kane’s penalty was slammed low and hard into the corner. It was hit so truly that Lukasz Fabianski would not have saved it even if he had dived the correct way.
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Top four is best Spurs can hope for
This was comfortably Tottenham’s most convincing display of the season, but that does not suddenly make them title challengers. Far from it. Swansea are a poor side who look strong relegation candidates, and this was a great opportunity for Mauricio Pochettino’s men to kickstart their season after consecutive defeats. Nevertheless, the Spurs squad does not appear strong enough to battle for anything other than a top-four place.
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