Tottenham 3 – Aston Villa 1
Two late goals from Harry Kane – the first time the England international had scored on the opening day of a Premier League season – handed Spurs three points against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Aston Villa took the lead in north London through John McGinn after nine minutes.
On his Premier League debut, Tanguy Ndombele leveled for Spurs in the 73rd minute.
Kane then popped up with a brace in the closing stages, as Tottenham got off to a winning start.
Why Jan Vertonghen was dropped vs Aston Villa
Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld started at centre-half for Spurs on matchday one.
As for Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen, he was dropped altogether for the game.
Vertonghen only has a year left to run on his Tottenham contract.
Did Mauricio Pochettino drop Vertonghen because the defender could be about to leave Spurs?
According to Pochettino, Vertonghen was left out of the squad for purely tactical reasons:
With all the players fit you struggle to find a starting XI.
This is my sixth season, I think everyone knows me. I am going to play the players who I believe deserve to play.
There is not any issue, only my decision was to play with Toby and Davinson.
We have more than 25 players and everyone needs to understand we have plenty of good players in every position.
Why Christian Eriksen was benched
Harry Kane may have stolen the headlines, but arguably, it was Christian Eriksen who changed the course of Saturday’s match against Villa.
Eriksen came off the bench in the second-half, and the Dane was key in Tottenham’s turnaround.
An Eriksen corner led to Ndombele’s leveller, while the 27-year-old was key in swinging the match in Tottenham’s favour.
Of course, Eriksen made it clear that he was open to a transfer from Spurs at the start of the summer.
While that hasn’t happened yet, was Eriksen benched in a sign that he may soon be sold? Pochettino simply said:
Having Christian fresh with the quality he has helped the team achieve the victory.
Mauricio Pochettino on the transfer window
Elsewhere, Mauricio Pochettino lamented that the Premier League’s transfer window has already closed.
Pochettino believes that European rivals have a huge advantage as they are still able to sign players this summer.