Who benefitted most from first friendly?

by Matthew Harris on July 21, 2014

Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Seattle Sounders brought a predictable set of moans on social media, particularly after Michael Dawson’s involvement in our opponents’ second goal. Meanwhile, there were some interesting pointers but what will Mauricio Pochettino have really taken from this game?

Two of the goal scorers – Lewis Holtby and Yago Falque were very much on the fringe of things at White Hart Lane last season. Both men were loaned out at various stages of the campaign so could their scoring contributions have been significant?

Elsewhere, Andros Townsend returned to action for the first time since injury put paid to his World Cup hopes. The winger put in 45 minutes before being replaced at half time by Erik Lamela.

Pochettino certainly gave as many players a chance as possible: Cristian Ceballos came off the bench while the only men to feature for the whole 90 minutes were Zeki Fryers, Tom Carroll and Brad Friedel.

It would have been an interesting afternoon for the head coach but will Holtby, Falque, Ceballos, Carroll and others have helped their quest to become more regular members of the first team set up?

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