“Will Richarlison get a Spurs start against Son Heung-Min?”

Published:
11:27 am 21 August 2022



Updated:
01:49 PM August 21, 2022

Despite stiff opposition from a well organized and talented Wolves side, a 1-0 home win put Spurs top of the table with seven points from three games.

It was only a brief return to the top, with an impressive Arsenal continuing their perfect start to the season.

Antonio Conte’s Spurs had to work for their points on Saturday. Wolves had the better of the first half, dominating the midfield, with a three crushing the two of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur.

Wolves’ best chance came towards half-time, with impressive new signing Matheus Nunes materializing between the defenders but could only watch his header wide.

At the other end, Son headed the ball towards Perisic, and his cross found Kane, who forced a save with a smooth header.

Spurs found a way back from the start of the second half.

A header from Kane on the bar was promising and it was his header that found the breakthrough after a corner from Son and a flick from Perisic.

There is consistency at Wolves, who have fielded a squad of seven Portuguese players, but they lack the edge and, ultimately, Kane made the difference.


Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane finds the net against Wolves
– Credit: PA/John Walton

Ivan

The arrival of someone with Ivan Perisic’s class is an indicator of where Spurs are. Here he made his first start, coming on at right-back Ryan Sessegnon.

His hunger for the ball and his desire to push forward made him an instant fan favourite. But he’s still not quite on the same wavelength as his teammates.

Interaction with Ben Davies – playing as a centre-back on the left but with license to advance – improved as the side improved in the second half, but throughout the first Perisic s is shot to run errands inside and outside the defense, and increasingly frustrated. when no ball has been played. It took Eric Dier to get the most out of his runs, with a weighted ball overhead.

When Perisic recovers the ball, he desperately tries to reach the boundary line to pass the ball.

He got an assist for a brushed header in the perfect spot for an alert Kane.

Richarlison

Speaking of fan favourites, Richarlison hasn’t had that many minutes so far but the Brazilian’s chaos brings things to life in the final third. He can be frustrating but he has unpredictability on his side, and he can squirm in space when it doesn’t seem possible.

Late in the game, he nearly tested the keeper with the most underutilized skill – the kick.


Tottenham Hotspur's Richarlison on the pitch against Wolves

Tottenham Hotspur’s Richarlison on the pitch against Wolves
– Credit: PA/John Walton

Deki and Sonny

Kane’s leadership and goals mean that if Richarlison wants more starts, he’ll have to replace Dejan Kulusevski or Son Heng-Min.

It is the Swede who has the form on his side. Every time he receives the ball he looks like he can shake things up, fully aware of the players around him and the space to exploit.

Often staying out on the right, he has developed a good relationship with wing-back Emerson Royal.

Son, meanwhile, has looked discolored all season. He still has moments, of course, and defenses will become complacent at their peril. But he seems a little behind and his touch lets him down more than you think.

Benching a player is a complex decision, and only the manager can judge, knowing the people involved, but if Richarlison is due to start in the Premier League soon, it could come at the expense of the South Korean.

Sanchez for Cuti

With the imperious Cristian Romero injured for at least two games, Spurs will face a real test at the back.

A heavy block after five minutes showed his replacement, Davinson Sanchez, was serious.

The team missed Romero’s quality of distribution and his ability to carry the ball forward. These assets have been replaced with a bit of punting.

Sanchez was also stretched at times, but a rock-solid header to defuse danger at the far post was essential.

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