Although there was a five-minute spell in the final third of the game in which Aston Villa were on top, Spurs ran out comfortable winners against the Midlands side at White Hart Lane. Coming into the game much of the talk was about Remi Garde’s arrival, but as the Frenchman watched on from the stands the Londoners poured cold water on any hopes the travelling supporters may have had for an inspiring showing with a goal within three minutes from Mousa Dembele, which was then followed by a composed Dele Alli effort before half-time.
Jordan Ayew sparked a mini revival with around quarter of an hour to play when his shot deflected in off Jan Vertonghen, however, Harry Kane netted deep into injury time to make it 3-1 and leave Villa rock bottom and ease Spurs to a 10-game unbeaten run.
After all that, here are THREE things we learnt…
Remi Garde would have known that he has a huge task waiting for him at Villa, but the level of work he must put in surely dawned on him as he watched on from the stands at White Hart Lane. His new side barely woke up until the last 15 minutes when a Jordan Ayew shot deflected in, and despite a late rally the problems are clear and plentiful.
Garde will have to inject some confidence into his side while working with a restricted budget and a lack of power in transfer dealings. As well as this, the Villans’ defence looks shaky when under pressure, the midfield appears to lack balance and up front Gabby Agbonlahor seems pretty ineffective – he completed only seven passes (two of which were kick-offs) in the first 45 minutes.
Good luck, Remi.
Dele Alli’s game by numbers: 84% pass accuracy 4 take ons 2 tackles 1 chance created 1 goal Top performance. pic.twitter.com/btacyXEvAc
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 2, 2015
At the start of the season few would have predicted that Eric Dier and Dele Alli would make such a promising double-act in the centre of midfield. Alas, the converted defender and the 19-year-old appear perfectly suited, with the former prepared to sit deep and anchor the engine room, while the latter drives on in more of a box-to-box capacity. Alli netted what proved to be a vital goal this evening against Aston Villa, while Dier is proving to be ‘undroppable’ nowadays. Is there any way back for Ryan Mason or Nabil Bentaleb now?
As the stats show, Rudy Gestede is an absolute monster. We all knew how good the Benin star was in the air from his Blackburn days, and in a less physical Premier League he appears to be almost unbeatable when the ball is lofted into his vacinity. Although Garde may want to play progressive football, it could be worth going back to basics for a while and making full use of Gestede’s physicality. There’s not doubt that the game swung in the Villans’ favour once he was introduced…