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Harry Kane emulated some of the greatest playmakers of Arsenal’s history in Southampton 2-5 Spurs

By Chris Smith

Harry Kane's four-assist display emulated some of Arsenal's greatest playmakers

Published: 14:30, 21 September 2020

Harry Kane stole the headlines on Sunday for providing no fewer than four assists for Heung-min Son during Tottenham’s 5-2 win over Southampton.

Spurs initially found themselves 1-0 down to a 32nd-minute Danny Ings strike but from there, Son and Kane contrived to pick the Saints apart, combining for the Lilywhites’ first four goals of the game.

Kane added a fifth before a late Ings penalty took some of the shine off, but this still represents Tottenham’s biggest away win across all competitions during the Jose Mourinho era so far.

More impressive, however, is the fact that Kane has become the first-ever player to assist one teammate for four goals in a single match, while he is just the sixth to bag four assists in a single Premier League match.

Kane joins former Tottenham man Emanuel Adebayor, whose four assists came against Newcastle United in 2012, but alongside them are four players from North London rivals Arsenal: Dennis Bergkamp (1999), Jose Antonio Reyes (2006), Cesc Fabregas (2009) and Santi Cazorla (2013).

“It’s incredible to score four goals in the Premier League, it’s a big honour obviously”, Son said after the match.

“I scored four goals but without the team, and with this guy [Kane], four amazing assists and one goal, I think he deserved Man of the Match today for me.”

He added: “It’s an honour to play with this amazing guy.”

Tottenham face Newcastle United in their next Premier League match, following cup ties with Leyton Orient and KF Shkëndija.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United match odds from William Hill:

  • Tottenham win: 1/2
  • Draw: 16/5
  • Newcastle win: 6/1

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How does Bale fit into Spurs’ “puzzle”?

Spurs’ potent attacking performance on the south coast is made all the more exciting by the prospect of adding Gareth Bale to the mix in the near future after the Welshman completed a loan return to north London from Real Madrid.

Ahead of Sunday’s match, Bale told BT Sport that the Portuguese tactician was a big factor in him returning to Spurs, insisting the Portuguese tactician is the right man to deliver silverware to the club.

“He’s spoken to me about a few positions that he would like me to play and obviously I’m happy with that,” Bale said. “He was a big reason for me coming back here. He’s a household name and a winner.

“He’s the perfect fit for Tottenham. We need to win trophies and he knows how to do that better than anyone.

“I know every Tottenham fan is desperate for a trophy and we’ll be trying as hard as possible in every competition to do that.”

How Spurs could line up with Bale

Speaking to reporters after the match, the Spurs manager described Bale as one of the best players in Europe.

“A coach always likes to have the best players in his squad. Gareth, when fit and in condition, is one of the top players in Europe, and Sergio [Reguilon] was amazing last season in Sevilla,” he said.

“So if you ask me if I’m happy to have these players, I have to say yes I am, but there are other things that make a team and make a squad. A squad is a puzzle.”