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Tottenham Hotspur: Richarlison sparkled versus Fulham

Tottenham Hotspur maintained their unbeaten start to the season with an impressive home victory over newly-promoted Fulham on Saturday afternoon, with the north London outfit running out 2-1 winners in what was their fourth win of the campaign thus far.

A composed first-half strike from Pierre Emile Hojberg had been no more than the commanding hosts had deserved after a dominant opening 45 minutes, with the ever-reliable Harry Kane netting his fifth goal in just six games late on to put Antonio Conte’s side firmly in control.

While the visitors sparked something of a nervy finish as the in-form Aleksandar Mitrovic turned home with just under ten minutes to play, the Lilywhites were able to snuff out a late rally to secure all three points.

Although inevitably the headlines will likely be dominated by the men on the scoresheet, arguably the most eye-catching display came from summer signing Richarlison, with the £60m man no doubt making his mark on what was his first start for the club.

The 25-year-old’s most notable contribution was of course his assist for teammate Hojberg for the opening goal, although it was his “selfless” all-round performance – as described by Seb Stafford-Bloor – that will earn the most plaudits.

Also lauded as “very impressive” by journalist Charlie Eccleshare, the Brazil international was his typically aggressive and combative self against Marco Silva’s side, winning four tackles and completing two interceptions, while also laying on a strong tally of four key passes.

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That outing – which also saw the 36-cap gem lay on 24 passes and win seven of his 12 ground duels – unsurprisingly saw him record a standout match rating of 7.8, as per SofaScore, with that the joint-highest rating of any player for either side, alongside opposition stopper, Bernd Leno.

His display looked to have got even better in the closing stages as he extended the home side’s lead in stoppage time, only for the goal to be subsequently ruled out for an offside in the build-up.

That effort would well have been the cherry on the icing for the £43.2m-rated sensation on what was a fine full debut for the club, with the former Everton man having seemingly done enough to keep his place in Wednesday’s Champions League opener against Marseille.

Having been “everywhere” this afternoon – in the words of one source – he no doubt deserves an extended run in the starting lineup.

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