Five things we learned from Tottenham’s masterclass thrashing of West Ham

first_img 5 5 1. The top four is within reach – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more things learned from Tottenham’s 4-1 win against West Ham – Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, said his side have the quality to finish among the Premier League’s top four after the display against West Ham. It would see the club qualify for the Champions League, but Pochettino insists quality alone won’t be enough to see them through. Former captain Jamie Redknapp also thinks the club are on the right path, having watched the team extend their unbeaten record to 12 league games. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has transformed the club since taking over.There were signs of change last season in his first year in charge and now things are clicking, to the joy of the team’s many fans.They were unstoppable against West Ham, thrashing their London rivals 4-1 and here, talkSPORT looks at lessons learned from the White Hart Lane masterclass.PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEKENDClick the yellow arrow above, right, to see more. 5 4. The battle to be England’s right-back at Euro 2016 will be interesting – Kyle Walker has had his critics in the past and like the rest of the Tottenham defenders has been excellent this season. And with Liverpool also playing well, Roy Hodgson may have a selection headache when it comes to the first choice right back. Reds delighted in Nathaniel Clyne’s composed display v Man City and it appears like there is good competition on the international front. 2. Toby Alderweireld is up there with one of the buys of the season – Only Man United have conceded fewer than Tottenham this season, as summer signing Alderweireld has formed a solid partnership with Jan Vertonghen in the heart of defence. At £11.5m, many Spurs fans think the Belgian is the buy of the season. 5 5 3. Dele Alli is still so young – Granted, we haven’t just discovered the Tottenham midfielder is still only 19, but it’s easy to forget. Alli was booked for his minor skirmish with Mark Noble during the win against West Ham, meaning he is suspended for the visit of Chelsea on Sunday. Pochettino was quick to remind people Alli, who started for the first time for England and scored at Wembley, is still developing. “His fight is there, but he needs to be calm and that is an example,” the boss explained, insisting he will learn as he becomes more experienced. 5. Not all of West Ham’s travelling supporters support their team through thick and thin – There were more than 10 minutes left to play when the away section began emptying out at White Hart Lane, as some fans were clearly not happy with how badly their team were being beaten. And when West Ham did finally score, there was very few supporters still there to cheer the goal.last_img read more