Two games, two wins, and already plenty for new Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to mull over. The transfer window has only ten days left before it closes until the New Year and some players have impressed, some have not. Let's help Pochettino make a decision of the future of some of his players.
Hotspur - Harry Kane
An assist for the winner at West Ham, and a composed and clinical finish for the winner in the Europa League qualifier in Cyprus, 21-year-old Kane was handed a new five-year contract before the season kicked off and rewarded that decision with some match changing performances.
The England U21 international has continued his form from the end of last season and Pochettino's prefence for the youngster over Roberto Soldado at the weekend shows that Kane is not simply making up the numbers.
Notspur - Roberto Soldado
Despite a classy finish on Thursday night, the Spanish striker continues to struggle in a lilywhite shirt. Signed for £26million, the ex-Valencia and Real Madrid striker has failed to hit the mark since moving to England, with only 12 goals in 37 games for Spurs. While his build up play is better than expected, Soldado does not have the pace, power or technical play to make up for his lack of goals.
The main barrier to an exit from White Hart Lane is Tottenham's need to cover their costs on the Spaniard, and the need for a replacement before the window closes
Hotspur - Eric Dier
Naturally, a summer signing cannot be lined up for the exit door, but 20-year-old England U21 international Dier has hit the ground running and has shown that he is not just a prospect for the future but one for the here and now. Scoring on debut, in a London derby, in his manager's first game at his new club, made quite the impression, and Dier was again in the starting lineup in the Europa League at the expense of more senior players, speaking of which...
Notspur - Michael Dawson
Sad as it is to say, club captain Michael Dawson is simply not up to the required standard. A great backs-to-the-wall centre half, Dawson is woefully exposed by pace and direct running, and with Pochettino continuing with the high line employed by his predecessors it looks like Dawson's time has come to an end.
Close to a move to QPR two years ago before forcing his way back into then head coach Andre Villas-Boas' thinking, Dawson survived mainly as a result of injuries to others. Younes Kaboul is still to fully recover from his knee injury suffered two seasons ago, Jan Vertonghen had to play at left back due to injuries to others, and Vlad Chiriches has also suffered his share of injuries. Linked with a move to Hull this summer, Dawson will always have the fans' respect but simply does not fit into the system Pochettino wants to play.
Hotspur - Andros Townsend
Subject of a reported £10million bid from Southampton and interest from QPR, England international Townsend was one of the players Tottenham could have cashed in on, but having recovered from missing out on the World Cup due to injury the flying winger looks to have rediscovered the directness and simplicity that so impressed in the first half of last season.
Quick, agile, and able to shoot with both feet, Townsend has been working on his shooting and it is starting to show as Andros swaps all-out power for precision. Able to play on both wings, in a 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2, Townsend brings versatility and also fulfills the home-grown criteria, making him both crucial to Spurs and expensive to any suitors.
Notspur - Paulinho
There were some bright sparks in the Brazilian's debut season at Tottenham, some good goals, but ultimately Paulinho underwhelmed. Basic and slow in possession, flimsy in the tackle, and too often anonymous, the former Corinthians midfielder was caught on the ball in the lead up to AEL Limassol's goal on Thursday and was replaced by Moussa Dembele in the second half.
With a lot of competition from midfield rivals at Spurs, and Morgan Schneidrlin constantly linked with a reunion with his old Southampton manager Pochettino, some one has to make way, and there is little sign of Paulinho living up to his £17million price tag. Tottenham do not have the best history with Brazilians and Paulinho looks to be another write off.
Hotspur - Danny Rose
When Ben Davies arrived from Swansea, most thought it spelt the end for Danny Rose at Spurs. However, having signed a new five year contract and started at Upton Park, Rose not only seems set to stay but also appears to be the first choice left back. Davies struggled in the Europa League, while Benoit Assou-Ekotto has fallen so far from favour he is not considered for this list and can leave North London for free, so Rose will start against QPR on sunday.
Notspur - Sandro
Another Brazilian who looks set for an exit, Sandro failed to make the bench for either of the first two games, with Nabil Bentaleb and Etienne Capoue seemingly first choice for the two holding midfield roles.
Sandro is a big fans favourite but knee injuries has affected his game. Unable to string a number of matches together, Sandro's form has dipped and, again, there are simply too many numbers for two positions. It will be sad to see the loveable destroyer leave but his days look numbered.
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