Tottenham finally have a front three to rival those at Liverpool and Manchester City
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Harry Kane and Heung-min Son's start to the season shows that, along with Gareth Bale, they can be a match for Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola's much-vaunted attacks
There are mitigating factors, of course.
Mainly that Manchester City strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have managed just 110 and 180-odd minutes of Premier League football respectively this season.
And that City, even at this early stage of the campaign, have played a game less.
Bale celebrates with Son after scoring against Brighton
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But Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham will go into Saturday’s clash with Pep Guardiola’s men boasting a goals-for record that is far superior to their visitors.
Nine more in eight games than City have managed in seven, to be precise, with only Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, with 20, having scored more than Spurs’s 19 this season.
For Mourinho, a manager who has been heavily lambasted throughout his career for being defensive-minded, they are welcome stats.
Kane slots home a penalty against Brighton
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And while his critics will scoff that 11 of those goals have come in two games — a 5-2 victory at Southampton and 6-1 away win against the Portuguese’s old team, Manchester United — and that six of their other seven games yielded only six goals, the signs are still very positive.
With eight goals to his name, Heung-min Son is the top flight’s joint-leading scorer this season, alongside Jamie Vardy, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Mo Salah.
In second place sits his Spurs team-mate Harry Kane, with seven.
The relationship between those two gets better each season and the fact Kane tops the assists chart as well, with eight, shows his all-round game is getting even better.
Son scores in Spurs's romp against Manchester United
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Speaking about his contribution on the assists front, Kane said: “The main thing is we’ve been more clinical as a team.
“Sonny has been taking pretty much every chance he has been given this year.
“Whoever else has been playing or getting chances has been scoring as well.
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“It’s a mixture of things, but long may it continue.”
The fact Spurs have been in such good form in front of goal with Gareth Bale yet to fire on all cylinders is a hugely encouraging for Mourinho.
And once the four-time Champions League-winning Welshman is fully match fit there will be an argument that Spurs have as potent a front three as any in the Premier League.
Kane and Son have struck up one hell of a partnership
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Liverpool and City fans will no doubt contest that but, either way, picking a front three out of Kane, Bale, Son, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah, Raheem Sterling, Aguero and Ferran Torres would be a major conundrum for any manager.
What is less difficult to work out is that Spurs will go top if they beat City on Saturday and lay down a massive marker in the title race.
Over 38 games, it’s still hard to imagine them going the distance with Liverpool and City.
But if Mourinho’s front three can do the business all the way through to May, then his ability to keep things tight at the back will ensure Spurs really are in the mix this time out.
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