Harry Kane finally ended his August curse by scoring in the Premier League in the first month of the season as Tottenham secured a 3-1 victory over Fulham at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.
Lucas Moura had opened the scoring with an impressive curling finish on the stroke of half-time, but the visitors fought back as Aleksandr Mitrovic nodded into an empty net after some poor defending.
Kieran Trippier gave his team the lead again with a free-kick as the clock ticked down and then Kane’s moment came with a composed finish into the far corner of the net.
Here’s what we learned from the tie…
Mauricio Pochettino is a man of his word
The Spurs coach promised to a fresh start for the squad after the closure of the transfer window and he followed through on that promise with his selection against Fulham in a London derby.
With Toby Alderweireld back in the team for only his sixth appearance for the club in 2018, Danny Rose also returned to the matchday squad and took a place on the bench. Having failed to sign anyone this summer, it’s clear that the coach has little choice but to call upon such players.
Lucas Moura proved he deserved his chance
After a dazzling pre-season campaign caught the eye, often acting as a second striker behind Fernando Llorente, Moura started for Pochettino alongside Harry Kane in attack and showed why he deserved a shot. His strike just before half-time was the perfect example of his excellent technique.
Throughout, the Brazilian was energetic and his movement created opportunities for those in and around him. After this display, he can expect to be in contention.
Ben Davies’ questionable form has continued
Question marks were raised over the performances of Ben Davies in pre-season after he looked to have secured the role of first choice at left-back in 2017/18. Many shrugged off his form as pre-season and nothing to worry about, but his start to the competitive campaign has shown few signs of improvement.
As Aleksandr Mitrovic scored the equaliser, it was his woeful positioning and tracking back which allowed Ryan Sessegnon to feed in the Serbian striker to nod into an empty net.