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Erik Lamela has arrived for Tottenham

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The merry-go round of Tottenham Hotspur management may have finally found it's gamekeeper. Indeed, Mauricio Pochettino's second game in charge of the North London club - a 3-2 victory over Ryan Nelson's Toronto FC - provided the sort of formula every Spurs fan hoped for; attacking football, fluid interchange and the re-emergence of a real superstar. 

Here's five talking points to emerge from the game...

1. The real Erik Lamela has arrived (let's hope its not a one off)

His brace oozed of class. The man was lambasted during his debut season in the Premier League and had much to prove under his compatriot and boy did he provide. Unlike previous managers Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood, Pochettino instantly allowed Lamela to roam into the spaces behind frontman Roberto Soldado.

He was constantly looking for the ball, making runs into the channels and linking play between the frontmen. What's more, he made a competent Toronto backline look like school boys as he glided past them for both goals.

Should he stay fit and get a good pre-season under his belt, Lamela will have the sort of season every Spurs fan hoped for when he signed for an unprecedented £30 million last summer. 

2. Time is up for Michael Dawson

Dawson has been a fantastic servant for Tottenham but, in the past year or so, he has struggled to keep up with the ever increasing demands of the Premier League. Against Toronto, when he entered the fray at half-time, Spurs were 2-0 ahead and seemingly cruising. Role on 30 minutes and the score was 2-2. Coincidence? 

If Pochettino is going to play his favoured high line, high-pressure game, then Dawson should probably seek pastures new elsewhere. Steve Bruce's Hull City would appear to be the best option for the former England international and Spurs captain. 

3. Competition central

The signing of Ben Davies from Swansea means that Spurs now have strength and depth at every position on the pitch. The 21-year-old Welsh international looked steady and secure in the left full-back position before being replaced by Danny Rose - a man with much to prove - at half-time.

What's more, the capture of fellow Swansea man Michel Vorm gives Tottenham a fantastic back-up to French captain Hugo Lloris. There'll be no resting on laurels this season with such competition in the squad. 

4. Pochettino has already instilled his philosophy on the Tottenham squad

The Pochettino revolution is underway. Only two games into pre-season and Tottenham look like a completely different outfit. The passing was fluid, the positions interchangeable and the Southampton-esque formation was well and truly implemented.

This 4-2-3-1 formation seemed to compliment the players, particularly the first-half triumvirate of Aaron Lennon, Lamela and Christian Eriksen. It will be interesting to see how Pochettino manages to integrate the returning World Cup stars into this formula. 

5. Still hope for Andros Townsend? 

Townsend's winning goal against Toronto was a moment of sheer brilliance. Cutting in onto his weaker right foot, he bent an unbeatable shot past the statuesque Toronto 'keeper. Yet, goals of such merit are something Spurs fans don't see enough from their homegrown boy. After a whirlwind couple of months at the start of last season, Townsend's career stalled as a series injuries and managerial changes took their toll.

Consistently unable to break into Sherwood's starting eleven, Townsend seemed destined for a move away from the North London side. 

Now fully fit and with a new manager at the helm, Townsend will be hoping to push on and deliver the sort of performances his talent merits. 

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