It is fair to say with Xavi's decline Modric is now ahead of him in the pecking order, and he, Kroos, Cesc Fàbregas and Andrea Pirlo are now arguably the best technical central midfielders on the planet at present, and some might even say that Modric is, or could soon be, leading the pack.
Despite his goal in the last round against Limassol, Paulinho continues to underwhelm in a Spurs shirt...
Young Harry Kane always scores. That's what you found yourself thinking when he came off the bench with Spurs cruising at 2-1 against Sunderland on Saturday. Then he did, in the wrong net, to present Sunderland with one of the most undeserved points in their long history.
Injuries are, unfortunately, a part of the beautiful game, and can influence a team's season far more than fans would like. Some sides know more about this than others, seeing their players fall victim to the dreaded niggle or even worse, a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Transfer windows are enormously entertaining... they sometimes seem much more exciting than the game itself. The best thing is always the apoplectic fury expressed by the fans that think their clubs have failed to spend enough money. And as the whole of football knows, there are no fans more convinced that their club is punching below its weight than Spurs fans.
Sunday's team will presumably be the same one that mauled QPR last week unless Poch sees fit to plunge new boy Fazio in for a debut ahead of Kaboul. If Spurs can achieve the same kind of exciting fluency on display last weekend then they have every chance of avenging the heavy defeats Liverpool inflicted last season...
Managers have been taking risks by signing injured players or those with a lengthy injury history for a while now, as well as being desperately unlucky when they pick one up soon after arriving. Here are five recent signings who, had they stayed fit, could have drastically improved their club's season.
No strangers to false dawns, the Spurs faithful filed out of the Lane to a murmured chorus of 'let's not get carried away'... But, while a much more thorough examination is in store when Liverpool come to visit next Sunday, the fact that Pochettino's plan was so clear and that it worked so comprehensively was as joyous to behold as it was unexpected.
If Pochettino is to match or better Redknapp's achievements, one of the first things he needs is a successful conclusion to this transfer window... But with the squad already full to bursting, others will have to leave first and offloading highly paid, declining professionals with long contracts is difficult
England's top tier is regarded by many as the best in world football, so the chance for any player to ply their trade in the Premier League is often too hard to turn down... adjusting to the rigours of English football is often easier said than done, there were plenty that impressed in the opening round of matches.
He is Tottenham's club-record signing, but his first season at White Hart Lane didn't go to plan for himself or the club... he's yet to get off the mark goalscoring wise in competitive action, he certainly has a point to prove - not only to the fans but maybe even to himself as next season fast approaches.
Each team will sign a player at one stage or another who just simply fails to perform. He may not adapt to the side's style of play, he may not get enough time on the field or he may inexplicably lose all footballing ability, what's known as doing a Torres. Here are five players who can relate to this and need to leave their current clubs as soon as possible if they hope to shine again.
A performance in a pre-season friendly isn't completely meaningless, but it's as close as a football match can get. Even if the games are played at the intensity of a league match (a big 'if', although some of this summer's games got close), there's so much less pressure on the matches that everything must be taken with a pinch of salt.
Spurs may not be throwing the money around like they did last summer, but they are solidifying key areas, while trimming the fat off a squad that needed to be cut down... The north London side have spent wisely so far as the new boss strives to improve them defensively and the players brought in seem to adequately match the needs of the Argentine.
There are still good reasons for Southampton fans to be optimistic that their club has the ingredients in place to remain a force in the Premier League... Saints should rest safe in the knowledge that they have recovered from worse situations previously and will do so this time around, too.
Recent reports suggests Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will follow the quintet out of the St. Mary's exit door, though Saints are adamant both players aren't for sale... but the loss of Schneiderlin would arguably be the bigger blow to the team.