Son Heung-min downs Watford and maintains Tottenham’s perfect start | Premier League

Nine factors; three clear sheets; Harry Kane staying put; prime of the desk. Had you supplied {that a} fortnight in the past to the 60,000 supporters streaming by the turnstiles on Sunday, they might have snapped your hand off.

The day was imagined to be about their talismanic centre-forward. Instead, it was his side-kick, Son Heung-min, who secured the factors with a free-kick shortly earlier than the break. It was the perfect approach to mark changing into the primary Asian participant to succeed in 200 Premier League appearances. He is a lot greater than an understudy.

Much that has been good about Spurs previously half-decade or so has include the Kane, Son and Dele Alli — who has taken to his new function as a box-to-box midfielder with aplomb — triptych lined up collectively. Omens are good for Nuno Espírito Santo.

Watford can, regardless of the outcome, look again on first rate outing. After a wildly inconsistent start towards Aston Villa and Brighton respectively, they acquitted themselves effectively. These are, realistically, days the place something gained could be a bonus.

Any first-time guests nonetheless marvelling on the sorcery of bottom-upwards filling pints missed a high-octane opening minute. Within 14 seconds Andre Marriner was waving away vociferous penalty appeals after Peter Etebo dispossessed Kane. Watford broke at warp pace, and Juraj Kucka’s shot was finally blocked.

It set the tempo. Nuno was bidding to be the primary Tottenham supervisor to win their opening three league fixtures since Arthur Rowe in 1949, and, in some methods, the match was a throwback to soccer of the previous. Both groups attacked with tempo down the flanks and full-backs — Tottenham’s no less than – overlapped merrily.

Tottenham forward Harry Kane and head coach Nuno Espírito Santo celebrate the win against Watford.
Tottenham ahead Harry Kane and head coach Nuno Espírito Santo rejoice the win towards Watford. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

And not like of their opening two fixtures, Nuno’s aspect loved the lion’s share of possession. Japhet Tanganga, afforded extra alternative to maraud than in his man-of-the-match show towards Manchester City – noticed a strike blocked by Daniel Bachmann, whereas each Eric Dier and Dele struck meekly at purpose. A good looking transfer additionally noticed Tanganga do brilliantly to maintain the ball in on the byline just for Steven Bergwijn’s effort to be blocked.

Bergwijn had a hand within the purpose too, his intelligent ft drawing a foul from Craig Cathcart. From close to the left touchline, Son curled the ball into the goalkeeping equal to cricket’s hall of uncertainty. Bachmann was flat-footed; the Spurs trustworthy roared. Not one the Austrian will need to see once more, though he redeemed himself later when scrambling to tip a wickedly-deflected Pierre-Emile Højbjerg free-kick broad.

“Nice one Sonny” received an airing. Inevitably although, it was not the day’s largest cheer. You guessed it. Forgiven? Yes. Forgotten? Well, name it momentary amnesia no less than.

Alli got here near including a second after combining with Son and Kane, with the No 9 nearly getting the purpose he so desired twice in 30 seconds late on. William Troost-Ekong made an excellent sliding problem to stop a far-post faucet in and Bachman then saved a snapshot from the ensuing nook.

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To their credit score Xisco Muñoz’s aspect confirmed little concern. Emmanuel Dennis’s electrical tempo ensured Tanganga couldn’t neglect his defensive duties, whereas Ismaïla Sarr — who already seems to be at house in top-tier – was a continuing thorn on the alternative flank. His early drive warmed Hugo Lloris’s palms, whereas Dennis fired a free-kick effectively over from a promising place.

Having drawn a foul that noticed Kane booked shortly earlier than half-time, Sarr began the second interval turning Sergio Reguilón on the within. Kucka blazed over. Later, Sarr himself noticed Carlos Sánchez get in the way in which of a close-range effort. There was to be little else to alarm Lloris.

Shortly earlier than the hour the unusual sensation of each units of followers singing the identical identify swept throughout the bottom. Moussa Sissoko. He might have misplaced that further yard that, at occasions, made him unstoppable however his acquisition from these elements may show shrewd. Striking from distance, although, will not be his factor.

Having solely made the change late on Friday it was a shock he began; there could also be an inside enquiry at Tottenham HQ come Tuesday.

Just the switch window to navigate now earlier than the worldwide break. Daniel Levy’s telephone will stay firmly on. It is more likely to be outgoing calls solely; the Greater Manchester space code was blocked some time again.