Tottenham Hotspur edged past Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane thanks to a Heung-min Son goal on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs looked as if their impressive showing in attack was to be fruitless before the £22million South Korean summer signing popped up with the winner in the 68th minute to make it three goals in two goals for the 23-year-old.
For most of the game it had been fellow newbie Dele Alli and Son who impressed the most for the hosts going forward, while Erik Lamela also added an extra dimension to Spurs’ attack with a rare good performance.
But the visitors were standing firm and had to rely on a few good saves from keeper Alex McCarthy to keep them in the game, while the post denied Yohan Cabaye and Yannick Bolasie either side of half-time.
But Son’s goal proved to be enough for all three points for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, and it certainly highlighted a number of talking points surrounding Spurs this season.
So here’s three things we learned about Spurs on Sunday afternoon…
Spurs’ capture of Heung-min Son in the summer was met with an element of pessimism. The South Korea international had starred for Bayer Leverkusen last season, but many questioned whether he could cut it in the Premier League.
But after two goals in the Europa League on Thursday night, and then the winner today against Crystal Palace, it’s quite clear he’s the real deal.
From the first minute Son was Spurs’ focal point going forward and was lively and dangerous throughout. It’s fair to say he deserved his goal today and, if his performance against Palace is anything to go by, the £22m Spurs paid for him last month might just prove to be fantastic business.
Early days but what a player son looks #COYS
— kosta veziri (@KVeziri) September 20, 2015
Son is our best buy! 3 goals in 2 games. A great win over Palace today making it two wins in a row. #COYS
— Stormy Chaput (@ChaputAfterDark) September 20, 2015
Kane now knows he won't be expected to go it alone. That said, once he scores that first, I hope for the floodgates to open. #COYS
— Bryan Pol (@Bryan_Polettino) September 20, 2015
Some people have put Harry Kane’s current goal drought down to the pressure he was under to get the goals for Spurs.
With Emmanuel Adebayor gone, as well as the failure to sign Berahino in the summer, it seemed as if Spurs were putting all their eggs in a big Kane-shaped basket.
The England international was once again a shadow of his former self against Crystal Palace, but the emergence of Hueng-min Son as a lethal touch in front of goal now means there’s not so much of an over-reliance on Kane to save the day each week.
This should help Kane relax more and, eventually, should give him the confidence to finally get himself back in amongst the goals for Spurs sooner rather than later.
Imagine this team the way they're playing now + Harry Kane on form, would be absolutely unstoppable #COYS
— Simon Kelly (@Simon_Says93) September 20, 2015
Eriksen, Lamela & Son behind Kane could be very good. Maybe lacks a touch of pace but alot of goal threats there and ppl who can pass #COYS
— Ryan Alex (@Major_Hank) September 20, 2015
— LD (@haldane10) September 20, 2015
With Erik Lamela looking like he’s finally settled in to English football (though one good game doesn’t prove anything just yet), Spurs have yet another lethal threat going forward.
And then when you combine that with Christian Eriksen, who returned from injury today, the extremely impressive Dele Alli, Hueng-min Son and Harry Kane, suddenly Spurs have got an attacking force that could strike fear in to most defences in the Premier League.
If they can all link up well then there’s every reason to believe Spurs will one of the most dangerous attacking sides in the Premier League this term.