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:

Time to get excited about Lamela

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.

 

You can’t teach old dogs new tricks

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.

 

 

The new Thomas Vermaelen?

 

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:

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