Anderton views, Lewis Holtby, Ben Davies

Former Tottenham and England right wing Darren Anderton felt before last nights game that Tottenham need another striker and the Chicago victory did nothing to dispel that view.
"Soldado struggled last year, which was a shame, as I thought he was great in Spain but he was probably one of the biggest disappointments with his return of goals. 
"Harry Kane did come in at the end of the season and did really well I thought, which probably highlighted how much Soldado struggled. Of course, Adebayor did well too. Nobody doubts his talent and on his day he’s one of the best in the world, but it’s just a question of how much confidence he has to produce and whether he wants it enough. 
"In that sense, I think there’s absolutely no doubt that another striker would certainly be needed in my eyes. Top teams need goals. There are always those games when you’re not playing great but you’ve got that striker who can produce that moment of magic and that’s what they need."

Lewis Holtby is said to be at the centre of a tug o’ war between Leicester, QPR and Crystal Palace. However what I have heard is that Pochettino likes him and wants him to stay, he certainly put in a shift last night for 60 minutes and to my mind if he was looking to offload him he wouldn't have given him that long, he would have taken the opportunity to play someone he is going to keep getting them as fit as possible. He also feels we need plenty of cover in positions.

“The season is very long and we need to stay deep at every position."

Ben Davies has had a couple of halves and is calm down the left whereas Danny Rose again showed his hot-headedness getting himself booked for no reason. If indeed he is unhappy and wants away he will be no loss in the long-term. Short-term that may give us a problem which having Kyle Naughton at the club will help to solve, although I agree that that is not ideal.

“Ben Davies is important for us because he’s good competition for Danny Rose on the left side. He’s a young player, but he has good experience in the Premier League.”

Tottenham is a work in progress, we can't expect everything to be perfect with a new head coach adapting the squad to his requirements. The tour has been a very useful exercise and a chance for us fans to have a look at layers we don't normally see as well as have a look at how we will operate the Pochettino system.

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Clearly we have some promising players coming through and different players impressed in different games. It is always difficult to assess the level of the opposition, Seattle gave us a tough game in the first leg of the tour, while Chicago was a fairly easy game.

We may well see one or two of the youngsters now go out on loan to get regular competitive football, assuming new Under 21 manager Ugo Ehiogu has the same views as his predecessor and utilises the loan system to its fullest.




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