Paulinho isn't putting in displays that resemble a player that transferred for £17m last summer. With Brazil now at the last-16 stage, and up against a Chile side hell bent on pressing teams into submission, Scolari would be wise to drop the Spurs midfielder to the bench and, judging from his cameo against Cameroon, start Fernandinho alongside Gustavo in midfield.
Given the technical ability, youthful vigour and sheer athleticism in Tottenham's squad at present, there is reason to believe their players will be as capable of executing Pochettino's philosophy as effectively as Southampton...
Pochettino favours the high tempo, pressing game and that's something we haven't seen at The Lane for a long time. If he could put out a team week in week out that looks like it's hungry for the ball then I'll be happy.
While Holtby isn't quite the finished package, he's clearly improving with playing time. His utilisation by Magath is allowing him to display his qualities to the watching world and undoubtedly has Spurs fans rubbing their hands with excitement for his return to White Hart Lane once the season reaches its climax.
Before Sunderland travelled to White Hart Lane on Monday, one commenter posed as absurd the fact that the two teams should both have former Tottenham players managing them but Spurs, undoubtedly the better of the two teams, should have the worse of the two.
Perhaps André Villas-Boas' biggest mistake as Tottenham head coach was to not utilise Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese has previously been recognised as a disruptive dressing room influence, yet, under the stewardship of Tim Sherwood, has shown why he deserves a starting spot at White Hart Lane.
Proud Canaries officially launched at half time of the Premier League clash against Tottenham, with representatives going onto the pitch with a new banner. I was not only invited and treated like a queen, but I was asked to be an Honorary Chair, having my Black Heart Label Equality fashion brand's logo on their banner to help fight against discrimination.
A few months ago I wrote a summary of Cardiff City's summer transfer activity. Now all the players brought in have had a chance to show what they can do, I feel a quick progress report is in order...
2014 promises much in the way of sport, and now that the unfathomably elongated Festive period- after which people cease eating all day long and work again - has finally come to an end, we can get on with it.
I'm happy to give Tim Sherwood a chance as Tottenham manager. I'm open to his suggestions and ideas. I'm impressed with the increased creativity and flair that the team are playing with; and, I confess, it is great to see Spurs attacking, getting players forward and scoring again...
I like Andre Villas-Boas because he's just some guy, like me. He isn't your usual model of seasoned ex-pro, having already enjoyed a playing career unobtainable to us footballing incompetent hoi-polloi, then becoming doubly enviable with their next career move upstairs. He is just some guy who managed to become a football manager.
Having been vilified by many Spurs fans in recent day for throwing my weight behind the appointment of Tim Sherwood, I deemed it necessary to write a few words explaining the rationale behind my support.
This past weekend cost two notable Premier League managers their jobs, with Andre Villas Boas's sacking from Spurs being the most high-profile. The Portuguese manager got the axe on Monday morning after his Tottenham side slumped to a thumping 5-0 mauling at the hands of Liverpool in front of their own White Hart Lane faithful on Sunday afternoon.
Andre Villas-Boas and Steve Clarke became the latest casualties of a ubiquitous perversion of Christmas cheer this weekend... But for both men, it is a case of 'goodbye but not farewell'. So clique-infested is the managerial merry-go-round that they will be back before you know it.
We see it year after year. Sides newly promoted to the Barclays Premier League have one goal - safety. Just to survive in their first year seems to be the holy grail and is at the forefront of most teams' minds. The quest to become an established Premier League side is a great one, fraught with danger, but there are several shining examples of how it can be done.
Quoting Malcolm X for a football article could be deemed a little eccentric and bizarre, but I believe this particular quote is definitely suitable when discussing modern global football and a particular incident that occurred over the past couple of weeks...