Mauricio Pochettino resisted the temptation to throw Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli back in against Manchester City on Monday night.
That was slightly perplexing in Eriksen’s case, as he had performed impressively against PSV in midweek, but it did show a patience that was lacking in Harry Kane’s rushed return from injury last season; which some may say he is still recovering from.
But the playmaking duo were unleashed on West Ham in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night as Spurs breezed past their bitter rivals on their own patch for the second time in a matter of days.
One of the Hammers’ lingering issues is a lack of a top-drawer holding midfielder, and the pair were able to help exploit that on Wednesday.
Tomorrow’s opponents Wolves have a similar issue. Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho are exceptional passers, but neither is a specialist holding player.
The Old Gold backline may be struggling with confidence after a couple of defeats and the Portuguese duo are not the most robust defensive shield.
The artistry of Eriksen and Alli is ideal to get in the space between the backline and the midfield and their return from injury has come at exactly the wrong time for Nuno Santo’s side.