There is an obvious reluctance to draw too strong conclusions from games so early in the season but the gulf in quality between Tottenham and QPR was clear. QPR’s defence looked at sea and Pochettino appears to be getting more out of signings than either Andre Villas-Boas or Tim Sherwood could. Here are the THREE Things We Learned From Tottenham v QPR:
It may be early doors but all the signs point to Lamela having the kind of second season that many expected him to have in his first. The Argentine provided two assists in the Europa League mid-week and continued that form against QPR. Tottenham fans may remain wary, but Lamela now looks the real deal.
Early days yet, but Pochettino appears to have revived those who struggled last year: Lamela and Chadli outstanding so far here, Capoue tidy
— Dominic Fifield (@domfifield) August 24, 2014
Lamela is going to show why they paid £30m for him last year. Incredible talent.
— Michael Fitzgerald (@BornOffside9) August 24, 2014
Some seemed to overlook Lamela's vast potential due to persistent injuries. Will have a splendid season should remain injury free.
— Sergi Domínguez (@FutbolSergi) August 24, 2014
It may be a cliche but these things become cliches for a reason. QPR were all over the place defensively in the first half as the central three of Dunne, Ferdinand and Caulker were consistently split. Perhaps Glenn Hoddle’s coaching will change things, but in the short-term it looks like Redknapp was right to shelve the back three experiment.
So QPR are playing a back 3 with Rio and Dunne in it? Jesus Christ no wonder they're losing. No pace whatsoever, easy to get in behind.
— Luke. (@LukeLessUnited) August 24, 2014
Four at the back now for QPR (3-0 down). I wonder whether that's a tactical retreat on 3-5-2 or an unconditional surrender.
— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) August 24, 2014
Harry Redknapp still inspiring Tottenham's bid to return to the top 4
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) August 24, 2014
Spurs fans may not be particularly excited by the idea of player who became associated with defensive errors in his later years at Arsenal but they certainly wouldn’t say no to a goalscoring centre-back. Eric Dier’s early form would suggest he such a player and even led to a cheeky edit of his wikipedia page: