Tottenham 2-3 West Ham: Five Things We Learned

Both sides ring in the changes

It’s clear that the Carabao Cup is not a priority for either side and this was illustrated by the amount of changes each side made. Spurs made seven changes while West Ham made nine. Mauricio Pochettino is interested in ‘real trophies’ and that doesn’t include the Carabao Cup while Slaven Bilic is desperately trying to keep his job.

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Adrian should start in the Premier League

Adrian made a great stop to deny Alli’s header at the back post when Spurs were 1-0 up. Joe Hart wouldn’t have made that save. The Spaniard was ruthlessly pushed aside when Joe Hart joined the Hammers on loan in the summer and made his feelings known. With West Ham struggling as much as they are and Bilic’s job on the line, it is high time Adrian goes back to starting Premier League games.

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The ultimate game of two halves

What a comeback from West Ham! While it just papers over the cracks of what has been a very poor season for the Hammers, a win against London rivals is always welcome. Spurs got complacent after they went 2-0 up and West Ham took full advantage. Three goals in 15 minutes was enough to give Slaven Bilic’s men a much needed win. Hopefully they can maintain that confidence when they face Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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100 up for Heung-min Son

It was a milestone for Heung-min Son as he started against West Ham. The South Korean international has now made a century of Spurs appearances. Son caused West Ham problems throughout the first half and provided assists for both Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli with Spurs 2-0 up at half-time. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen get most of the plaudits at Spurs. Heung-min Son is deserving of the same admiration and is quite underrated.

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Andre Ayew makes the difference

With Spurs 2-0 up and West Ham supposedly down and out, Andre Ayew scored twice in five minutes to bring the scores level. Since his debut in Aug 2016, Andre Ayew has been involved in more goals than any other West Ham player (10 goals, 5 assists). It’s a good stat for Ayew but says a lot about West Ham’s attacking options.

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