Post-match analysis: Spurs cruise to easy victory

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Spurs ran rampant in a comfortable FA Cup victory over League One side Colchester United to progress into the 5th Round. Nacer Chadli scored either side of a deflected 35-yard Eric Dier strike, before a Ben Davies own goal and Tom Carroll tap in saw Spurs emerge as 4-1 winners in an entertaining but one-sided duel.

The back four

The Tottenham defence will have been of particular interest to Mauricio Pochettino, following the knee ligament injury suffered by bedrock Jan Vertonghen in last weekend’s fixture against Crystal Palace. With a centre back berth available, Kevin Wimmer put in a composed performance that suggests that he can be trusted to step up to the first team if called upon.

Speaking earlier in the week, Pochettino stated: “He is very calm, he has a very good left foot, he’s very strong, and a very good person”. He added: “He has a lot of good attributes. He is very young, and now he has more possibility to play. He is like Vertonghen – but younger!”

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Set to replace Vertonghen?

Eric Dier accompanied the 22-year-old at the heart of the Spurs defence and could also be a viable option in the absence of Vertonghen, should Wimmer fail to live up to the standing. However, with Tottenham’s incredible defensive record built upon Dier’s effective ability to shield the centre backs, it is unlikely that Pochettino will want to make too many adjustments to a winning formula.

Kieran Trippier put in a vibrant display on the right flank. His regular marauding runs and whipped balls into the box were a constant threat, particularly in the first half. If the fullback can look to bring this level of performance to the club’s Premier League fixtures, there is a significant possibility that he can make the right back position his own on a more permanent basis.

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Nacer Chadli continues to prove a point

The man-hunk Belgian continued his rich vein of form as he netted twice in the fixture, meaning that he has now scored in three games on the trot. There have been calls amongst the Tottenham faithful for an additional goal scorer to be added to the squad to help share the load as Pochettino’s men continue to strive towards the top four (and maybe beyond, he whispers in hushed tones), however, the attacker is continuing to show that he can be a force to reckon with should this fail to happen. Clinical and direct, could Chadli develop into the supporting number nine that Tottenham need?

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Colchester Spirit

A special mention must be made for the spirited way in which Colchester battled in today’s defeat. The team had to deal with losing both centre backs as both Wynter and Eastman suffered significant injuries in a freak collision between the two. The team played valiantly against a far superior team, and their ballsy display was rewarded by a humorous own goal from left back Ben Davies.

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What next?

Spurs’ manic run of fixtures continues with Tuesday’s Premier League match-up against Norwich. The Canaries netted four against a shambolic Liverpool in their last outing, and could be a sturdy test for a Vertonghen-less defence.

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By Joe Thomas

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