Five observations from Tottenham's 2-0 win over Chicago Fire

Lewis Holtby

Spurs completed their tour of North America with a 2-0 win over the Fire courtesy of goals from Harry Kane and Aaron Lennon.

The pressing game will suit some players well

Lewis Holtby being one that is very much comfortable being let off the leash as soon as an opposition player picks up possession. Eager and full of energy to snap at a players heels, he is the midfielder most capable of both rapidly closing a player down and then possessing the passing and attacking quality to launch a quick counter attack. Rapid players with good recovery speed will also suit the system, which should hopefully mean the likes of Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker can benefit from the system once they return to full fitness.

Competition for places is tight in midfield

With Holtby's impressive displays, as well as Lamela's return to some kind of confidence and form, midfield remains a place where there is a lot of quality international players competing for just four or five spots. The fact that both Lennon and Townsend netted goals despite not really impressing on the tour won't make Pochettino's decision on who to go with any easier, and with four World Cup players to return, as well as Sandro to come back, the Argentine has to get his tactics, and selections right. The midfield should be relatively stable throughout the season, barring injuries, with those playing selected consistently on merit, rather than because there is no one else or a teammate has fallen out of form.

Milos Veljkovic has been as good as any other Spurs defender on the tour

I'm not suggesting that he should be thrown in at the deep end against West Ham, but he has proved over three games that he is an option at centre back alongside a more experienced partner. The Serb played the full 90 minutes against Chicago, and positively for his development, enjoyed a tougher game than his two previous outings. There is still hope that Pochettino will bring in another defender, which might result in Veljkovic heading out on loan, but if he doesn't, expect to see the 18-year-old make plenty of appearances throughout the season.

Ryan Mason has proved he may have a future at the club

Another player to earn 90 minutes was Ryan Mason, a youngster long held up as having decent potential at Tottenham but ever out on loan. At 23, he has to expect this to be his last chance to impress at Spurs, and will be delighted to have got so much game time as he has done. That he saved his best game for the match against Chicago will be huge bonus for the former Swindon loanee, and his passing was impressive amidst the pressing and duelling for possession that was much of the midfield battle. Whether he will be able to gatecrash that competitive midfield at White Hart Lane, only time will tell, but he has proved that he may have something to offer.

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Holtby and Lamela are the real winners of the tour

Arguably, no players have benefitted more from this tour than Lewis Holtby and Erik Lamela. Having been seemingly on his way out of the club, the German has come back in to the Tottenham midfield to constantly impress in each of the three games he has played. He scored one and set up two goals, while, as mentioned above, also epitomising what Pochettino would want from a pressing midfielder. Lamela seems to have found his confidence and attacking threat while in North America, scoring two cracking goals against Toronto and again looking dangerous against Chicago.

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