Five things learned as Tottenham beat AEL Limassol 2-1

Erik Lamela

Spurs were close to leaving Cyprus with a loss, before the introduction of Erik Lamela sparked the side into a late turnaround.

Ben Davies may need some time to settle in

When the Welshman was signed by Tottenham there were big hopes that he would immediately come into the starting eleven and provide strength and quality in a position that has been a problem spot for Spurs in recent years. But Davies, still only 20, had only ever played professionally at one club before his switch to London, and that was his hometown side Swansea. Undoubtedly full of promise, the left back struggled a little defensively on his debut, with men getting past him more than once in Cyprus, notably as Adrian Sardinero scored the opener. These first few months may be about bedding in the Wales international.

Paulinho had a poor game

He struggled in his home country's World Cup campaign, and though it is wrong to judge him too harshly on his first game considering he hasn't had a full preseason, there is no denying Paulinho struggled again against AEL. Unable to stamp his authority on proceedings at all, it was his losing possession in midfield that saw Sardinero able to get through on goal and score, and the Brazilian was also rusty with his passing. Spurs improved when Nacer Chadli came on in his place, and the former Corinthians man has it all do to force his way into Mauricio Pochettino's plans.

There was a real lack of attacking threat for much of the game

Sure, AEL sat back for long periods, something they could afford to do after scoring early, but until Lamela came on with 20 minutes to go, Spurs toiled at imposing any real offensive threat on the home side's goal. Soldado missed a couple of decent chances, while Harry Kane seemed far and away the most dangerous player until that late flurry. There was very little support from midfield for the strikers, and Tottenham looked to really miss the eye for a pass Christian Eriksen brings to the team.

Soldado has take his outstanding goal and not look back

For much of the game it looked like being the same old Roberto Soldado on Thursday night. The Spaniard missed an early chance when Karim Fegrouch could only palm out a Harry Kane effort, only to fire wide. He cut a toothless figure up front for three quarters of the game, but his superb goal, the start of much more impressive link up play once Lamela came on, seemed to give him some confidence. Soldado's volley proved that the Spanish international has class, and he, and his manager, have to keep in mind that this is the real player that Spurs spent so much money on, this is what he's capable of - it is not the player that has struggled so much in other parts of his Tottenham career. And to do that, he has to start with the Spaniard against QPR on Sunday.

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Lamela demonstrated his star quality

Arguably, despite Kane's decent showing, the game belonged to Tottenham's record signing. The North London side looked a little short on ideas and belief until the former Roma man came on with less than 20 minutes left. Lamela immediately brought flair and a confidence that he could affect proceedings as he took to the pitch. The Argentine played his part in both Spurs goals, with top passes in each to set up Soldado with a sweeping cross field pass right on to the Spaniard's toe, and then Kane with a pass that tempted the AEL defender to commit, giving the Englishman the space to surge forward. He also managed to fire off two shots that were close to goals of his own, one that went just wide after good work by Chadli, and another that the legs of Fegrouch kept out after Lamela had jinked through the defence to create a shooting opportunity. The next step for the 22-year-old is bringing this kind of influence to the Premier League.

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