Front four show promise, but Spurs fall back into bad habits at Fulham

Tosin Adarabioyo’s 19th-minute own goal was enough to give Spurs back-to-back victories in the Premier League but they had a contentious VAR decision to thank for ruling out Josh Maja’s second-half equaliser.

Jose Mourinho’s side began the game with a mouthwatering attack but ended it clinging on, with Harry Kane booting the ball for touch from a free kick.

For the first time, Mourinho named a crowd-pleasing front four of Kane, Heung-min Son, Gareth Bale and Dele Alli, with Dele making his first League start since the opening day of the season, 172 days ago.

On paper at least it was an electrifying prospect, an attack brimming with invention and goals and made up of four of the club’s most popular players of the modern era.

The question: would ‘BASK’ or ‘SHAG’ work in reality? Inside 20 minutes, Spurs offered an answer.

Bale won the ball deep in his own half and found Dele, who quickly moved the ball wide to Son and darted into the box to flick the South Korean’s cross home.

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It would have been his first goal in nearly a year – since the 1-1 draw at Burnley on March 7, 2020 in Spurs’ final game before the shutdown – but the final touch came off Adarabioyo and it was credited as an own goal.

Nonetheless, it was a big moment for Dele and for this newlook Spurs front four.

There were other moments, too, including Son’s cross from which Kane should really have scored and a brilliant pass by the England captain to release Dele.

As they work their way back to full fitness, Dele and Bale were hooked just after the hour, with Spurs having faded in the second half.

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