In Tottenham’s win over West Brom, it was the primary time we had seen Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and Heung-Min Son all in the identical staff within the Premier League and issues could possibly be about to get thrilling at Spurs.
They didn’t mix for the successful purpose and Spurs didn’t truly get a shot on course till the hour mark, however the trio are threatening to burst into life.
Kane’s successful purpose, after 88 minutes, got here from a clipped cross by right-back Matt Doherty – an important contribution as Jose Mourinho’s males head into a tricky run of video games after the worldwide break.
What’s much more essential is that his ahead line is sputtering into life.
It will likely be similar to Liverpool’s well-known triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane if it will get to full pace nevertheless it’s not there but, and that was evident because the Baggies, coached beautifully by Slaven Bilic, held them off for lengthy durations.
However once in a while two of the three mixed collectively to excite followers all over the world.
From the off Kane continued to drop deep, spraying balls out vast, primarily from the centre or simply to the left, out to full-back Matt Doherty, earlier than galloping again to the centre-forward place.
Son drifted inside from a large function on the left wing, taking over the areas vacated by his English teammate and tormenting the West Brom defence with the ball at his toes.
Bale had a quieter begin out to the suitable, however he, like Son, slipped into central areas when Spurs started to choose the ball up within the center third of the pitch, however his risk was evident with Conor Gallagher taking him down not lengthy after the South Korean spurned a fantastic probability created by Kane and Tanguy Ndombele.
That probability was the primary main alternative any of the trio had been in a position assemble collectively, however a problem with the attackers was evident after 18 minutes when West Brom nearly opened the scoring.
Bale had moved over to the left and was near Son as West Brom broke down the identical flank. There appeared to be a contact of confusion and rapidly Baggies full-back Darnell Furlong had been in a position to whip a cross onto the top of Karlan Grant, nevertheless it went properly vast.
In crossing conditions from the left for Spurs, Bale definitely appears like a harmful backpost risk if Kane isn’t in a position to attain Sergio Reguilon’s efforts on the first try.
Because the match unfolded, with Spurs towards a back-three – a formation which has troubled them earlier than – it grew more durable for the three to get onto the ball with West Brom in cost, regardless of not dominating possession.
At occasions, with positional rotation, Tottenham lacked a presence up prime.
The fluidity can come at a price, particularly if Ndombele wasn’t in a position to transfer right into a threatening place of their absence.
When it got here to set-pieces, Bale and Son swapped up on corners and the pair do definitely appear to be nearing an analogous wavelength with some glorious flicks and passes displaying rising instinct.
And the Welshman in direction of the half-time whistle additionally mixed elegantly with Kane earlier than the West Brom defence closed them out.
Some glorious work on the left from Kane nearly had Bale slide a shot dwelling after the restart, nevertheless it was all the time a difficult probability. Nonetheless, it confirmed the 2 can dovetail with their motion.
Kane then put Son by means of however his shot was simply lapped up by goalkeeper Sam Johnstone earlier than Bale was finally substituted after which noticed icing his ankle.
It’s one thing Mourinho can be praying is just minor however given the worldwide break is subsequent week there’s time to beat it.
It’s all the time onerous including a 3rd celebrity into the combination, particularly after we know simply how good Kane and Son are as a duo.
Bale, although, does already seem to have a blossoming relationship with the Englishman and the Korean.
It by no means hit full pace towards West Brom however this, it should be stated, was partially right down to a fantastic show from the Baggies, who have been remarkably unfortunate to style defeat on the Hawthorns.
The worldwide break presents an opportunity of a psychological clean up and if they arrive again with with renewed vigour the trio might set the Premier League alight.