'9/10', 'superb': Alasdair Gold wowed by £8.5m Tottenham player's display v Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur got their Premier League campaign off to a flyer on Saturday afternoon.
Antonio Conte’s Spurs were rampant as they hammered Southampton 4-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Tottenham began poorly and conceded first, James Ward-Prowse rifling home a volley in the 12th minute.
The Saints captain hammered Moussa Djenepo’s shot into the ground and past Hugo Lloris to silence the home crowd.
However, Spurs were level just nine minutes later, Ryan Sessegnon getting on the scoresheet with a back-post header.
The 22-year-old, assisted by Dejan Kulusevski, celebrated his first Premier League goal for Tottenham.
And on 31 minutes, Eric Dier’s first goal in more than three years put Spurs in front.
The England defender got a deft flick on Son Heung-min’s whipped delivery from the left to find the bottom corner.
Just after the hour mark, Spurs somehow went 3-1 up as Mohammad Salisu, under no pressure, netted an own goal.
And just a minute later, Kulusevski wrapped up the scoring with a lovely curling effort.
Plenty of players impressed on the day, with the 22-year-old Sweden international putting in a superb display.
“Another superb performance”
Football.london‘s Alasdair Gold gave Kulusevski 9/10 for his efforts.
“Grabbed his first assist of the season, cutting inside from the right before launching a perfectly flighted ball for Sessegnon to head home at the far post,” he wrote.
“It was another superb performance from the Swede and he added a customary left-footed curler of a goal to his collection from Emerson’s pull-back.”
Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard also gave the winger 9/10.
“Continued where he left off last season with an outstanding display,” he wrote.
“His brilliant cross set up Sessegnon and he got the goal he deserved in the second half.
“A constant threat down the right flank.”
And 90Min awarded Kulusevski 8/10, writing: “Caused all sorts of problems during a silky display.”
Kulusevski has proven an absolute bargain for Spurs, who paid just £8.5million to take him on loan.
Tottenham hold an option to buy the exciting talent next summer for £29million.
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