SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM (AFP) – Son Heung-min destroyed Southampton with a four-goal blitz as Tottenham earned their first Premier League win of the season with a 5-2 victory at St Mary’s last night.
Just 24 hours after Tottenham signed Gareth Bale, South Korea forward Son delivered a virtuoso display that showed Jose Mourinho’s side already have plenty of firepower.
Bale has returned to Tottenham on a season-long loan from Real Madrid seven years after he left the north London club for a then world record GBP85 million fee.
But the Wales forward will not be available until mid-October as he recovers from a knee injury, so Mourinho needs Son and Harry Kane to carry the attack until then.
No one would question the quality of that pair and they underlined the point with superb performances that ripped Southampton to pieces.
Danny Ings put Southampton ahead in the first half, but Son equalised before the break and scored three more in the second half.
Kane, who hit the back of the net twice in the first half only to have them ruled out for offside, capped a swaggering display with his second goal of the season.
Dele Alli was left out of Tottenham’s squad, but he wasn’t missed thanks to Son and Kane’s heroics.
Tottenham were playing the second of five games in 10 days, an unrelenting schedule that Mourinho had derided as “crazy”.
Saints striker Ings has been linked with a move to Tottenham after a prolific campaign last term and the qualities that attracted Mourinho were on show as he put Southampton ahead in the 32nd minute.
With Tottenham looking bedraggled, it was a surprise when they equalised against the run of play in first half stoppage-time.
Tanguy Ndombele picked out Kane on the left and the striker’s cross reached Son, who ignored the acute angle to clip a sublime finish past Alex McCarthy.
Son’s goal was a huge boost to Tottenham’s morale and they took the lead with a well-crafted goal two minutes after half-time.
Kane and Son again prised open the Southampton defence as the England captain fed the South Korean with a delicate pass.
Son surged through on goal and calmly guided a precise strike past McCarthy with his left foot.
Tottenham’s star forwards weren’t finished yet and they left Southampton for dead in the 64th minute.
Kane and Son have now combined for more Premier League goals (24) than any other duo in the competition since August 2015.
Kane got the goal he deserved with a close-range finish in the 82nd minute before Ings netted again with a 90th minute penalty.