Tottenham Game Illustrates Strength in Depth

Although we lost to Spurs in the League Cup on Wednesday night, the performance and result, coupled with the fact we made wholesale changes to the starting XI, speaks well of a strength in depth.

For one the youngsters who appeared did well. And bringing on the likes of Oliver Burke and starting Jorge Grant (who of course scored) more than shows than the youngsters coming through could get chances ad look like telling them.

Grant has a chance to push on. With Cohen out for a long spell, and fans wanting loans to cover, could it be we have a youngster who can come in on the bench and cover for the midfield? Its possible. I think in February last year many would have scoffed at the prospect of Ben Osborne coming through so well.

That we can make these many changes, and compete is good news, and I know that Spurs made changes too, but they bought in people like Soldado and Paulinho. These players combined value is much higher than our entire squad. So to suggest it was a poor Spurs team forgets their strength in depth.

So can Osborn and Grant become the fringe midfielders and fill in for Reid and Lansbury if an when needed. Well very possibly. This is Grants first start and previously he played less than 10 mins. But to suddenly call for loan cover forgets we could have perfectly good players coming through.

The defence saw players who have started games this year start, and give players who'd get into most other Championship sides start. Also to give Veldwijk a good run was a good excercise. So it fills me with great optimism that although we lost, the fringe players stepped up and put in good accounts for themselves.