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24-year-old must be axed: Three things we learned about Tottenham in win v Fulham

COMMENT By Harvey Byrne

Football Insider analyses three talking points from Tottenham’s 3-0 win against Fulham in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Pochettino tactics could prove detrimental in the long run

Tottenham got the victory on Sunday after Mauricio Pochettino named a strong line-up against Fulham. However, the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld all played the 90 minutes on Thursday evening against Gent before being named in the starting line-up against the Championship club. It is no secret that Spurs have a severe lack of depth, but surely the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Kevin Wimmer, Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou would have been expected to do a job against a second tier team. Pochettino must start showing some faith in his signings otherwise consistently playing his strongest eleven across three competitions could prove to be more detrimental in the long-term.

Son must be axed

Son Heung-min was very much considered a squad player in the last campaign with a return of eight goals and five assists in 40 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham after joining the club from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2015. However, it had looked like the 24-year-old had a turnaround in form at the start of the season following a return of four goals and two assists in his first four Premier League appearances of the campaign. But, with a return of just three league goals since it is now a reflection on how bad the Spurs depth is. The South Korean international was completely anonymous against Fulham and it is felt that Pochettino should switch back to his wing-back formation, which served so well in January. That would see one of the attacking three miss out from Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son and it is the latter who should be axed.

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FA Cup could be Tottenham’s main focus

It would not be too surprising if Tottenham are eliminated from the Europa League on Thursday evening given the one goal deficit and the poor performances from English clubs in Europe in the past few years. The gap between themselves and Chelsea in the league table is also looking too much with the countdown starting for the season’s end and this means the FA Cup could prove Spurs’ only chance of any silverware this season. With a number of Premier League clubs already dumped out of the competition the north London club certainly have a good chance of lifting the trophy and it is thought that fans would fully embrace the day out.

In other Tottenham news, Vincent Janssen has shared that he could quit the club in the summer.

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