Iago Falque & Andros Townsend Are Ready For The Spurs First Team

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Iago Falque & Andros Townsend Are Ready For The Tottenham Hotspur First Team

Jan Vertonghen continues to grow in stature

Tottenham Hotspur summer signing Jan Vertonghen looked like a teenager playing with children. Granted it was against lower level opposition, but he looked a class apart in an imperious display in his second choice position. This will surprise very few as he's been generally solid in the competitive appearances he's made this season and it's pleasing to see a new signing that has settled into the side this quickly. When he's playing he carries an air of someone who's been part of that back four for years and it was nice to see him the first of what we hope to be many goals for our club.

Tom Huddlestone isn’t ready for Premiership duties...yet

Tom Huddlestone is not match fit and looked well off the pace against the same lower level opposition as Vertonghen. A common murmur amongst the Spurs support was that normally he makes up for a lack of mobility with his range of passing and physical presence, apart from some solid defensive work his passing tended to be below par. Someone who has been a key squad member in the past and is approaching a peak age for a player was carried by those around him - a senior player such as Huddlestone should be supporting the youngsters.

The long ball...worked?

Spurs’ long balls were fairly accurate, particularly from Michael Dawson who has previously been described on the official site as 'providing lofted 50yd through balls'. Too many times in the past, the centre-back has been guilty of over-playing the hoof upfield, particularly when Peter Crouch was at the club. However, Dawson’s long balls worked to great effect, regardless of the level of opposition.

Michael Dawson who has previously been described on the official site as 'providing lofted 50yd through balls'

Ryan Mason deserves a second chance

Ryan Mason did not look suited to central midfield, although this may have been hindered by Huddlestone's performance alongside him. Where and experienced senior squad member should've been guiding the youngster, he was left to his own devices and you have to wonder if Mason may have had a better game if he was being encouraged by Scott Parker instead.

Falque and Townsend can provide adequate back-up

In the first 10 minutes, Iago Falque and Andros Townsend on either wing were our main attacking threat, and kept the opposition fullbacks busy. There was less of a threat for around half an hour in the first half, but for the second half they were back to it and it was particularly pleasing to see how much Townsend wanted the ball whenever he didn't have it.

His goal was well deserved, cutting in from the right wing, passing three opponents and firing in from a central position around 20 yards out. I would hope that he's going to be used more this season as cover for Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon when they need a rest or are injured.

Sigurdsson’s performance will boost his confidence

Gylfi Sigurdsson had a better game, with an assist Vertonghen's opener from a free kick and scoring Spurs’ third with a decent header after Kyle Walker's lofted ball into the area. He had enough time to direct the header where he wanted, time that he wouldn't have had against a Championship or Premier League defence even this late into the game, however this should help his confidence and will hopefully help him as the season progresses.

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