Tottenham eased to a comfortable 4-0 win over Ludogorets to move into the qualification spots in Europa League Group J.
A brace from Carlos Vinícius, a goal from Lucas Moura and a 40-yard effort from Harry Winks sealed the win for José Mourinho’s side.
Here our main takeaways from north London …
One of Tottenham’s problems for years has been trying to find an able deputy and credible back-up option for Harry Kane.
The MO for the striker would be to be happy to sit on the bench for the season and come in whenever Kane needed a rest or is injured, and despite the best efforts of Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente, that role has never been filled sufficiently.
Carlos Vinícius is the latest striker to audition for the role and maybe, just maybe, they have finally found their man.
The Brazilian got off the mark for Spurs this evening with a well-taken finish before tapping into an empty net after some selfless work from Dele Alli to complete his brace.
The 25-yard-old was a thorn in the side of the Bulgarian defence all night with his ability to take the ball down his chest and get Spurs moving up the pitch.
Vinícius was active in the game throughout and could consider himself unlucky not to complete his hat-trick.
He’ll never be able to outmuscle Kane for his starting berth in the first-team but perhaps thats not what he’s been brought here to do. More nights like this and Spurs will be delighted with their acquisition, a promising display from their on-loan man.
‘Wonder goal’ or terrible pass?
Harry Winks has been compared to Xabi Alonso in some quarters before, but perhaps without some credibility.
Well, he looked every inch of the former Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder this evening.
63 minutes into the game, the 24-year-old receives the ball near the halfway line and pings a lofted pass aimed in the direction of the on-rushing Bale.
Only instead of landing in to the feet of the Welshman the ball ended up in the back of the net past the helpless Plamen Iliev in goal for the visitors.
We’ve seen phrases like ‘wonder goal’ being branded around Twitter to describe Winks’ effort but we have to make a firm stance here and now.
He did not mean it, sorry.
This was a terrible pass, not a wonderful goal. Xabi can rest easy tonight.
Better from Bale
The return of the messiah to Tottenham Hotspur has yet to result in anything spectacular as Gareth Bale has been working on finding fitness and match sharpness again after being frozen out at Real Madrid.
He only lasted 66 minutes tonight before being brought off but there were little glimpses that the notorious golfer was starting to find his feet again on a different blade of grass.
Bale was involved in the majority of Tottenham’s attacking moves, gliding past players like he used to and producing a number of inviting crosses into the box.
Ok, it was Ludogorets, but this was a promising display that will please José Mourinho.
Spurs have not really had a need for Bale so far this season with the spectacular form of Son Heung-min and Harry Kane.
But if they can get a tune out of Bale to compliment the duo then Mourinho’s side are going to be a fearful proposition this season.