With their top-four race all but run, Tottenham Hotspur’s season is now idling towards its conclusion with little left to play for.
That was evident in the lacklustre display Spurs turned in away at Burnley, with the 0-0 draw at Turf Moor ranking among the Premier League’s worst games this year.
However, Mauricio Pochettino should already be looking ahead to next term, and assessing his current crop of players minutely to ascertain their worth before the summer transfer window.
Spurs’ next match is at home to Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa, a game they are 8/15 to win.
Here’s five things Pochettino should have learned from the Burnley bore draw.
Ryan Mason is better suited to a 4-3-3
The combative midfielder has been charging around the pitch with relish all season, generally to great effect, but his positioning in a two-man midfield is often suspect.
Mason’s impetuousness can leave his back four unguarded, and the deeper role also limits his attacking contribution.
Against Burnley, the presence of another central midfielder in Paulinho freed him up, and he created three chances, the most by anyone on the pitch, while Spurs also looked more solid.
Erik Lamela deserves more playing time
The Argentine still cuts a frustrating figure at White Hart Lane, and hasn’t started a match since February, but it was his introduction in the 63rd minute that saw the Lilywhites produce their best passage of play.
Lamela created two chances within minutes of coming on, and looked far livelier than Nacer Chadli has done in weeks.
Eric Dier should remain first choice next season
The 21-year-old has pushed his way into the starting XI since the start of 2015, and his excellent display in a makeshift back five against Burnley was perhaps his best yet in a Spurs shirt.
Paired in the middle with the haphazard Vlad Chiriches in the first half, and then left-back Ben Davies in the second, Dier led the defence superbly, and looks like one of the Lilywhites’ smartest signings in years.
Paulinho is done
Presumably the Brazilian only made the starting XI as a chance for Pochettino to look at him one more time before the transfer window.
Based on his woeful display at Turf Moor, Spurs should be prepared to take a big loss in flogging the midfielder off this summer.
Michel Vorm is a safe pair of hands
The Dutchman has come in for criticism during his stint in north London, but he looked an assured figure in place of the injured Hugo Lloris against Burnley.
Spurs will be desperate to keep the brilliant Frenchman this summer, but if Lloris does leave, they already have a solid replacement on the books.