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Three things learnt as Tottenham rolled over a helpless Bournemouth

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Tottenham recorded their seventh successive league victory to maintain the pressure on league leaders Chelsea.

It was imperative that Spurs won this weekend as the Blues face a difficult away trip to Manchester United, therefore there is a chance that they will drop points. It remains unlikely that Mauricio Pochettino’s men will win the league, but they are giving themselves the best possible chance.

On the other hand, Bournemouth were terrible on Saturday and offered little throughout the match. Their remaining fixtures are good on paper and they should have enough to stay up, but they will need more investment if they are to avoid another relegation fight next term.

Here are three things that we learnt at White Hart Lane…

Tottenham have consolidated their place as a Champions League team

The club have wanted to become a Champions League team for a long time and they are now finally making strides to consolidate themselves at that level.

Although this is only going to be their second season in the top four, they have been very comfortable on both occasions and it is clear that they are one of the best three teams in this league.

They opted to bring in a young, talented manager and provide him with a squad brimming with potential. Pochettino has improved nearly every player in the squad and has got many of them to gain a greater understanding of the tactical side of the game.

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It is crucial that they keep the Argentine and the core of this team as they have the potential to challenge for major honours.

Tottenham have become a lot more ruthless during the second half of the season and they are now winning every week.

Spurs haven’t dropped points since February and they will be on Chelsea’s tails for the rest of the season. They are the team with the fewest defeats in the league, best defence and joint-best attack.

As we head into the final six matches of the season, Spurs will believe they have an outside chance of lifting the Premier League title as they have a better goal difference than Chelsea.

It is going to go down to the wire, but whatever happens, Spurs can be pleased with what is going to be the club’s best league season to date.

Jack Wilshere hasn’t been good enough at Bournemouth

This would have been a match that the on-loan Arsenal midfielder would have been looking forward to, but he didn’t deliver and was outclassed in the middle of the park by the Tottenham midfielders.

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During the match, he failed to complete a single key pass and didn’t manage to affect the game as he would have hoped. He is the player in the Bournemouth side with the most experience at the highest level, but he hasn’t stood out this season and that begs the question, what is next for the England international?

Although he completed all four of his attempted tackles, this wasn’t an impressive performance from the 25-year-old and it is difficult to see where he goes from here. He will probably get the opportunity to stay at Bournemouth, but he will want to play at a higher level than that.

Manchester City have been linked, but he would struggle to get into their first team.

This was meant to be a rebuilding season for Jack Wilshere as he aimed to put himself back at the forefront of the game in this country. However, he hasn’t managed to do that and Saturday’s performance underlined that he is still lacking in several areas across the pitch.

Son Heung-min is quickly becoming undroppable for Spurs

He has been a good squad player since arriving at the club, but the South Korean is now becoming a mainstay in the first eleven after an extraordinary run of goal-scoring form.

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The 24-year-old scored the second goal of the afternoon with a strong driving run and smart finish past Artur Boruc.

It is clear that the forward is full of confidence at the moment as he is a constant threat with his buzzing movement and willingness to take on shots at goal.

He attempted five on Saturday but wasn’t at all selfish in possession as he also managed to make four key passes in the match.

In the 4-2-3-1 formation, Tottenham have struggled to find the right player to start alongside Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in the three attacking midfield positions, but now Son has made that spot his own.

The front four have an excellent rapport and the interchanging of positions is great to watch, causing the opposition plenty of defensive headaches.

The South Korean international has taken his game to a new level over the second half of this season and he is likely to keep improving at White Hart Lane.

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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