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Son Heung-min slips into Harry Kane's shoes, powers Tottenham to 2-0 win over Fulham

Both of Tottenham’s goals came from the same source — Fulham defender Calvin Bassey giving away possession when passing out from the back under pressure — and Son had a key role in each of them

Our Bureau And Agencies London Published 25.10.23, 11:06 AM
Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min celebrates scoring their first goal in London on Monday.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min celebrates scoring their first goal in London on Monday. X/@SpursOfficial

With a clinical finish and a neat assist, Son Heung-min delivered his best impression of Harry Kane to propel Tottenham back to the top of the Premier League.

The 2-0 win over Fulham showed once again that Tottenham can thrive without Kane this season. Especially with Son, the player who has replaced Kane as the team’s center forward, in such prolific form.

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Both of Tottenham’s goals came from the same source — Fulham defender Calvin Bassey giving away possession when passing out from the back under pressure — and Son had a key role in each of them.

In the 36th minute, the South Korea captain was on hand to collect a pass from Richarlison after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg intercepted Bassey’s clearance. Son showed great footwork to cut inside, around covering defender Tim Ream, and curl a shot into the far corner from the edge of the area.

The second goal, scored by playmaker James Maddison in the 54th, was similar as Hojbjerg again stopped a pass from Bassey reaching its intended target. Bassey is a left-footed player who was deployed Monday as a right-sided center back and he misplaced both passes with his right foot.

Hojbjerg stabbed a first-time pass to Son, whose deft lay-off went into the path of Maddison and the England playmaker slotted home under former Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

“That was what won us the game tonight, the work without the ball,” Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou said. “Both our goals came from that.”

Tottenham regained the two-point lead with which the team entered the weekend and remained unbeaten after nine games, along with north London rival Arsenal.

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