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No Kane? No problem: Heung-min Son continues fine goal-scoring form against Man City to hand Tottenham opening-weekend win

No Kane? No problem: Heung-min Son continues fine goal-scoring form against Man City to hand Tottenham opening-weekend win

Tottenham vs Man City

The final Premier League clash of the weekend played out a short time ago, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Tottenham played host to Manchester City, in Nuno Espirito Santo’s first league game in charge.

Spurs headed into proceedings without the services of Harry Kane, who was left out of their matchday squad for fitness reasons.

Man City, meanwhile, are looking to get their title defence off to a positive start, and have handed Jack Grealish his first competitive start for the club since arriving from Aston Villa.

Man City would begin the tie on the front foot, with key chances falling to Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez during the opening exchanges.

However, despite their dominance, City were unable to find an opener, allowing Spurs to slowly grow into the game and put together a handful of counter-attacking opportunities.

Most, though, ended with Heung-min Son either failing to pick out a pass, or wasting a chance with a poor shot.

The South Korean looked fairly lost without Harry Kane in the first 45, with the Englishman’s presence having so often either created half-spaces for Son to run into and exploit, or provided an outlet for the attacker to tee up.

The half-time whistle, in turn, ultimately blew with the score at 0-0, and Man City likely frustrated that they had not taken the lead after such a positive start.

Who needs Kane?

Son, though, finally found his shooting boots in the second 45, with the forward having gone on to break the deadlock in north London.

Steven Bergwijn broke on yet another counter, picking out Son, who this time opted to cut inside, beating Nathan Ake to smash a stunning effort past Ederson from the edge of the box:

In turn, it was revealed that Son has now scored seven goals against Guardiola’s Man City – only Jamie Vardy has found the net on more occasions against the Spaniard’s Sky Blues:

The ex-Bayer Leverkusen man also overtook Manchester United legend Eric Cantona in the Premier League goalscoring charts with his strike on Sunday:

In response to going 1-0 down, Man City brought on  Gabriel Jesus with around 20 minutes remaining. Kevin De Bruyne and Oleksandr Zinchenko were then introduced a short time later, in place of Mahrez and Benjamin Mendy – the latter of whom endured a pretty lackluster defensive performance against the Lilywhites.

These changes were unable to make a difference, however, as Son’s 55th-minute strike eventually proved enough to earn a Kaneless-Tottenham a huge win over the champions.

And though it was not a perfect display from Spurs – especially early on – the club’s fans should take confidence from the fact that they were able to get the better of a fairly strong Man City side, without the services of Kane.

Can Heung-min Son completely replace Kane’s production if he decides to move on? Probably not.

No Spurs player would realistically be able to. As things stand, though, it seems that Son is the club’s best option to take up the mantle of the Englishman. He is a superb finisher and a decent creator, just not quite at the same level as Kane – though very few players, in truth, are.

Why Harry Kane has not travelled with Tottenham squad to face Man City


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 9 20 22
2 Liverpool FC 9 21 21
3 Manchester City 9 16 20
4 West Ham United 9 6 17
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 0 15
6 Tottenham Hotspur 9 -4 15
7 Manchester United 9 1 14
8 Everton FC 9 1 14
9 Leicester City 9 0 14
10 Arsenal FC 9 -3 14
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 13
12 Brentford FC 9 2 12
13 Aston Villa 9 -2 10
14 Watford FC 9 -5 10
15 Crystal Palace 9 -3 9
16 Southampton FC 9 -4 8
17 Leeds United 9 -8 7
18 Burnley FC 9 -8 4
19 Newcastle United 9 -9 4
20 Norwich City 9 -21 2

Premier League 21/22

Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 3
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
King, Joshua Watford FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3