Tottenham managed to get through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after overcoming Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon. It was far from a classic display as Villa dug in and restricted Tottenham’s chances, especially in the first half. However, as the match progressed, the quality difference was clear and Tottenham managed to score two goals to clinch their progression. Pochettino made several changes, but stuck to the 3-4-3 formation and there is a feeling that this could be his favoured set-up for the rest of the season. Here are three things that we learnt from the match:
Tottenham have strength in depth
There have been doubts about the strength in depth at Tottenham, but several of the players that came in today showed their quality and pushed their cases for more involvement over the second half of the season. Only Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier would be considered first team regulars and Tottenham’s dominance showed that there are players within the squad that can step up if required. Harry Winks shone in central midfield, while Cameron Carter-Vickers delivered a man-of-the-match display. The American centre back completed two interceptions, ten clearances and won ten aerial duels. He dealt well with Villa’s attack and will be hoping for more opportunities, especially in this competition and the Europa League.
Although they have a young and hungry squad, that is well covered in most areas, there remain a few positions of concern, namely in attack. There will also be a concern about the left midfield position of the 3-4-3 as Ben Davies didn’t look as comfortable in that role as Kieran Trippier did on the right hand side. Despite his goal on Sunday, Davies is arguably the worst attacker out of Tottenham’s four full backs and he looked much more comfortable after the change to four at the back. That said, there are reasons to be optimistic for the future at White Hart Lane. Their players are improving all the time and they are becoming a force in English football under Pochettino.