Heung-Min Son ‘honoured’ to score four as Spurs sink Saints
Harry Kane also stars in the 5-2 win at St Mary's with four assists and a goal; in a ruthless attack that will soon welcome Gareth Bale
21 September, 2020 — By Dan Carrier
SOUTHAMPTON 2 (Ings 32, 90 pen)
SPURS 5 (Son 45+2, 47, 64, 73, Kane 82)
HARRY Kane turned from master scorer to master supplier in an empathic 5-2 away win at Southampton that capped a remarkable few days for the club.
From the fairy tale re-uniting with talismanic Galactico Gareth Bale and the signing of one of Spain’s most promising full-backs in Sergio Reguilon – to Kane teeing up four goals for his strike partner Heung-Min Son, the early season gloom following the defeat at Everton on the opening day has well and truly been blown away.
Spurs started shakily at St Mary’s, looking as poor as they have done at any point in the last 18 months. Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez did not look steady at the back, and the much-discussed counter-attack football instead looked more like Wimbledon’s Crazy Gang route one stuff.
Hugo Lloris kept Tottenham even on 15 minutes after getting to a thunderous shot from Che Adams. But the French goalkeeper could not stop one-time Spurs target Danny Ings from giving the Saints the lead on 32 with a fine finish from a tight angle.
Then came the Kane–Son double act. Moments before half time, a wonderful combination of strength and skill saw Tanguy Ndombele leave three Southampton players floundering and the midfielder’s ball was nicely weighted for Kane on the left. Son ran on to Kane’s first time through ball and finished from with aplomb.
In the opening minute of the second half the pair were at it again: Kane slotted a pass into Son’s path, the South Korea international gave defender Jack Stephens the run around, and Spurs were in front.
The Kane–Son combo worked twice more to cap an unforgettable afternoon for Tottenham’s number seven. “It’s incredible to score four goals in the Premier League, it’s a big honour,” said Son.
Kane – who had two first half strikes disallowed for debatable off-sides – finally got on the scoresheet late on when he turned in an Erik Lamela effort that had struck the post.
Ings scored a late penalty in reply, but it did little to take the shine off what was an encouraging performance.
Afterwards, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho called Kane’s all round play “a man-of-the-match performance”, before sharing his excitement at adding Bale to this mouth-watering front line.
“A coach likes to have the best players in his squad,” he added. “Gareth is one of the top players in Europe.”
Alongside Bale’s signing, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy sealed a deal for Real Madrid left-back Reguilon. It will bring a better balance to the side, as Spurs had a tendency to largely attack from the right through Serge Aurier.
With Matt Doherty also liking to bomb forward, two clear problem areas have been covered. However, the north Londoners haven’t finished yet, and are still in the hunt for another striker.
Top of the list is rumoured to be Dutch forward Wout Weghorst, who currently plays in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg. Coming in at 6ft 5 in his socks, Weghorst looks capable of fitting in to the Premier League bustle and finally offers a different option up front.
Centre-back is another area Mourinho fancies bolstering. He has his eye on Portugal captain Ruben Dias, a deal which, if completed, would give the Spurs squad the overhaul previous manager Mauricio Pochettino had been long calling for.
Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Romeu (Smallbone, 55), Ward-Prowse, Djenepo, Armstrong (Tella, 68) Adams (Long, 80), Ings
Substitutes not used: Forster, Vestergaard, Obabfemi, Vokins.
Spurs: Lloris, Doherty, Dier, Sanchez, Davies, Hojbjerg, Winks, Moura (Lamela, 61), Ndombele (Lo Celso, 45), Son, Kane (Bergwijn, 84)
Substitutes not used: Hart, Alderweireld, Sissoko, Aurier