Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy beamed down from the director’s box on the final whistle – and no wonder. What promised to be one of the most difficult transfer windows of his tenure will end on Tuesday with Harry Kane still on board and his team top of the league.
On top of that, he has made a couple of acquisitions and shifted on some of the deadwood left
And as if that were not satisfying enough, fierce rivals Arsenal are rock bottom of the table!
Even the suggestion doing the rounds that he had signed off on Moussa Sissoko’s transfer to without realising the Hornets were their own opponents this weekend could dampen his spirits.
After all, the midfielder’s two main contributions after setting up an early chance for the visitors were to send one shot flying high into the stands and thumping another frustrated clearance straight between the shoulders of Nuno Espirito Santo.
A rather different pat on the back, though, should be reserved for Son Heung-min.
He marked his 200th Premier League appearance by scoring the winner for the second time in the first three games to secure yet another “1-0 to the Tottenham” three-pointer.
As if Spurs fans are not rubbing it into Arsenal’s faces enough right now.
His free-kick was designed to tantalise the strikers lined up to attack the goal while at the same time heading on a course just inside the far post.
Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann took too long deciding whether to stick or twist and when he belatedly did the latter he was clawing just at air as the ball evaded him and flew untouched into the back of the net.
A good save from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s deflected low drive in the second half followed by a sharper stop from Harry Kane from a corner was little compensation – the damage had already been done.
And Oliver Skipp is developing into a lively foil alongside Hojbjerg to stiffen the backbone of the team.
Watford had little more than the blunt instruments of pace and power to hit Spurs with and, while the hope is that will be enough against lesser teams on which to build some sort of scrappy survival bid, realistically it never really looked like hurting Tottenham.
At the other end, a very late deflection robbed Kane of a simple tap-in at the far post to put the game to bed.
He still has not opened his Premier League account and Spurs have reached the summit with little contribution from the man who was always their talisman.
But perhaps that halo slipping with his behaviour over the summer has shone some light on some of those other players, such as Son, who are slowly lifting the club out of the gloom of the end of the Mourinho era.
Published at Mon, 30 Aug 2021 04:01:00 +0000