Following the 1-0 victory to Sunderland on the weekend, Mauricio Pochettino made 11 changes to his Spurs side to face Gillingham. In came youth prospects Harry Winks, Josh Onomah and Cameron Carter-Vickers, with Marcus Edwards and Anton Walkes featuring on the bench. Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela returned to the starting line-up having not started against Sunderland, and Vincent Janssen got his first start since Tottenham’s 1-0 win vs Crystal Palace.
Spurs began the game well, playing quick, exciting football. Both Eriksen and Carter-Vickers came close within the opening 15 minutes and Gillingham were on the back foot from the get-go. Harry Winks impressed early on, seemingly controlling the tempo of the game from the midfield. It was a Tottenham side filled with youth and energy, and within the opening quarter of an hour were in complete control of the game.
Vincent Janssen looked eager to impress, yet despite putting wide a clear-cut chance his first Tottenham goal seemed imminent. Following various chances from both Eriksen and Lamela it seemed an inevitability that Spurs would go onto score, and after 31 minutes they did just that.
Christian Eriksen fired home from long distance with a stunning strike that left substitute goalkeeper Stuart Nelson scrambling for the ball, a goal very well deserved. It was a first half dominated by an overly impressive Tottenham side, from which they looked to build on in the 2nd half.
Pochettino opted for the same outfit that had been so dominant during the first half, and it took a mere three minutes before Eriksen found his way in on goal to slot home his second of the game. It didn’t stop there though. In search for a third a late run from Kieran Trippier saw him brought down in the box. Penalty given.
Janssen’s performance was commendable to say the least, and it was only right that he’d step up for the penalty. It was an assured finish into the bottom left-hand corner, a very well-deserved first goal for the Dutchman and a third for the Lilywhites.
On the 60th minute mark Pochettino called upon Georges-Kevin N’Koudou in what would be his Tottenham debut, replacing captain, Christian Eriksen.
Shortly after the deadline day signing’s introduction, Spurs youth product Josh Onomah slotted home his first ever goal for Tottenham, and a much deserved one at that! Spurs were in complete and utter control, and at 4-0 weren’t likely to stop there. Shortly after play restarted, Tottenham found themselves on the attack once more. A neatly placed pass through to Erik Lamela saw him add to the score-line, and having assisted three of the four goals prior, made a fitting contribution to an emphatic night at White Hart Lane. 5-0.
Over the course of the remainder of the game, full debuts were given to both young Marcus Edwards and Anton Walkes in place of Vincent Janssen and Ben Davies. Edwards came very close to scoring late on but was denied by a magnificent save from Stuart Nelson, who otherwise had a night to forget. It finished 5-0 to Tottenham in what was a superb victory over their League One opposition, deservedly earning their place in the next round of the EFL Cup.
Between the sticks –
Michel Vorm: 7/10.
It was a quiet night for Vorm in goal, being tested very little by the Gillingham front-line.
Kieran Trippier: 7/10.
Got up the pitch very well at times, earning the penalty that lead to the third goal. Good return back to first team football for Trippier.
Cameron Carter-Vickers: 8/10.
Impressive debut from Carter-Vickers. Looked assured and comfortable on the ball throughout and played very well.
Kevin Wimmer: 7/10.
First game back in the first team this season for Wimmer. Confident on the ball and played well.
Ben Davies: 7/10.
Following his previous performances, Davies did well. Got forward regularly to offer support but could’ve been more effective.
Harry Winks: 8/10.
Fantastic performance from the youngster. Controlled the midfield early on and found pockets of space within the middle of the park. Assertive.
Tom Carroll: 7/10.
First game back in the starting line-up for Carroll this season and did rather well. Could’ve done more in possession but not a bad performance.
Erik Lamela: 9/10.
Fantastic overall performance from Lamela – three assists and a goal in a single match is beyond impressive by anyone’s standards.
Christian Eriksen: 9/10.
It was a standout performance from Eriksen today, dictated attacking play throughout and got two goals for himself. Superb.
Josh Onomah: 8/10.
Without a doubt his best game in a Tottenham shirt. Showed real quality in the final third and kept great composure to score his goal.
Vincent Janssen: 8/10.
Showed his strength and desire in abundance. Despite missing a few chances early on he scored from the penalty spot to get his first goal for the club.
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou: 6/10.
Looked lively after coming on and showed glimpses of what he has to offer.
Marcus Edwards: 6/10.
Tried to get involved as much as possible and unlucky not to score late on, exciting stuff from the 17 year old.
Anton Walkes: 6/10.
Didn’t get to see all that much of him but looked versatile and assured, promising signs.
Man of The Match:
Christian Eriksen controlled the match and was the driving force in Tottenham’s attack. Both goals indicated a real sign of intent by Tottenham’s most experienced outfield player and in my opinion deserves the Man of the Match award.
Middlesbrough away in the Premier League. Saturday 24th September. Kick off at 15:00.