Why Fabio Paratici was angry, Son injury scare – 5 things spotted in Wolves vs Tottenham

Harry’s back

All eyes were always going to be on Harry Kane ahead of kick-off following his return to Tottenham training at Hotspur Way.

Not travelling with the squad to Portugal in midweek for their Europa Conference League clash against Pacos de Ferreira, the England captain returned to Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad at Wolves but started the game on the bench.

Kane was jeered by some Wolves fans once he got off the coach at Molineux, with Tottenham fans then cheering him once his name was read out ahead of the match.

The return of the 28-year-old meant there was a few changes to Espirito Santo’s matchday 20, with Moussa Sissoko and Cristian Romero the two to miss out.

Kane did come on for the final 20 minutes and he did have an opportunity to mark his Tottenham return with a goal but Jose Sa denied him low down.

Getting a good reception after taking to the pitch, Tottenham supporters could be heard singing their chant about the player and their Wolves counterparts had a few different versions as well as they gave the England man plenty of stick.

Son scare

Son Heung-min was far from his usual best in the game at Molineux as he struggled to have a real impact on proceedings.

Very quiet in the same fixture back in December 2020, it was very much a repeat performance from the South Korean.

Prior to kick-off the 29-year-old did in fact leave the warm up slightly earlier than his Spurs teammates and was followed in by medical staff.

Son wasn’t to be a late casualty from the XI, however, and remained in the Spurs XI at Molineux but he just looked off the pace.

Son Heung-min was far from his best in Tottenham's win at Wolves
Son Heung-min was far from his best in Tottenham’s win at Wolves

Appearing to have some strapping on his left hamstring during the game, the ex-Bayer Leverkusen man made way with 20 minutes remaining as Kane came on in his place.

The attacker was sat down on the steps by the dugout after coming off and looked to be walking gingerly as he entered the pitch to applaud the fans at full-time, with Fabio Paratici and Espirito Santo both having a quick word with him presumably to check up on him.

Hopefully he’ll be back to his best next week with two games on the agenda.

Return of the old Dele

Dele Alli is back in the Tottenham starting XI after such a frustrating 2020/21 season.

Previously operating behind the striker in Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 formation, the player has had to adapt to a new role under Espirito Santo.

The Portuguese boss has so far utilised a 4-3-3 setup and that has seen the 25-year-old play as one of the three midfielders alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp.

Working extremely hard last Sunday against Man City in more of a box-to-box role, Alli looked more like his old self at Molineux against Wolves as he made a brilliant run to win Spurs’ early penalty.

It was reminiscent of Alli in his first few years at the club as he timed his run to perfection to get on the end of Sergio Reguilon’s pass, before dusting himself down and converting the resulting spot kick.

A new challenge for Tanganga

Japhet Tanganga was in top form in the opening day win over Man City as he kept both Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish very quiet indeed.

However, he was in for a different challenge altogether at Molineux up against Adama Traore.

Japhet Tanganga was handed a big challenge at Wolves up against Adama Traore
Japhet Tanganga was handed a big challenge at Wolves up against Adama Traore

Known for his physique and blistering pace, the ex-Aston Villa man gave the academy graduate a torrid time with some excellent play down the Wolves left.

Twisting and turning Tanganga inside out, Wolves did have opportunities to capitalise from the Spaniard’s play but they just couldn’t do enough to trouble Hugo Lloris.

Tanganga then picked up a booking for a late foul on Marcal prior to half-time and it meant he had to be very careful indeed down the right for the rest of the match.

What made Paratici go mad

Paratici was once again in attendance as Tottenham played their second game of the Premier League season.

A regular at all their matches so far, the Italian took his place alongside Steve Hitchen to the left of the Spurs dugout as he sat with a number of club staff.

Clearly a passionate person as could be seen from video clips of him during the win over Man City, there was one moment in particular that wound up the managing director of football.

On the stroke of half-time Skipp appeared to time his tackle to perfection as he robbed Traore of possession down the wing.

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However, referee Stuart Attwell believed it was a foul and instead brandished a yellow card to the England U21 international.

Paratici, who was in the perfect position right in front of the tackle, was not impressed at all and leapt from his seat to give his views on the referee’s decision.

He was not impressed at all and neither were the Tottenham players.

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