Suddenly the first-choice attackers - particularly Heung-min Son - know they will have to keep playing well to stay in the side. I’d expect Lucas to be on the bench in the game at Crystal Palace, because Spurs are going strongly in the League and Mauricio Pochettino has no reason to change, but it won’t be too long before he gets his chance again in the starting XI.
Watching Lucas at close quarters at Rochdale last weekend, I was most impressed by his awareness.
Clearly he can beat players at speed but he was always keeping an eye on where his team-mates were. The signs are good.
Palace will be cursing their luck with injuries, particularly in the case of Wilfried Zaha. I was quite encouraged, though, by the performance of their new signing Alexander Sorloth in the 3-1 defeat at Everton.
Roy Hodgson will not moan publicly about the injuries. He may play more of a ‘percentage’ game, using the physical presence of Sorloth and Christian Benteke. I’d take Spurs to win but it won’t be easy.