Nuno Espirito Santo has just discovered his secret weapons at Tottenham ahead of the new season
All eyes will once again be on Harry Kane and Son Heung-min this season as Tottenham look to get back on track after two incredibly frustrating campaigns.
Registering 55 goals and 34 assists between them in all competitions in 2020/21, much will be expected of the pair as Nuno Espirito Santo attempts to get the team back into the Champions League.
Opponents will be keeping a very close eye on the duo this term given their goalscoring exploits and they may in fact find it much harder to match or beat their tallies from last campaign.
Spurs need to help ease the pressure on their shoulders and the team’s pre-season fixtures have highlighted that a couple more attacking players could be set to step up for the team.
While of course the level of opposition does need to be taken into consideration as the Lilywhites have so far come up against League Two sides Leyton Orient and Colchester United, as well as MK Dons of League One, both Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura have looked incredibly sharp in the final third so far.
The pair really impressed in Wednesday evening’s 3-1 win over MK Dons, with the Brazilian managing to get his name on the scoresheet in the closing minutes to cap off a fine performance.
Involved in the first goal of the night as he played in Son with a brilliant pass, Lucas was then instrumental in Dele Alli’s simple finish after bursting through the middle to play in the South Korean, who in turn put the ball on a plate for his teammate to find the net.
Working tirelessly in attack as he looked to make things happen, the 28-year-old made no mistake late on as he found the bottom corner after cutting out a pass from the hosts just outside the area.
Bergwijn was also a hive of activity throughout the encounter and perhaps deserved a goal to his name to round off a very good display.
The Dutchman was intent on wowing Espirito Santo and he did just that inside the first ten minutes as he curled a shot wide, picked out Son at the far post with a dinked cross and then missed the target after again linking up with his teammate.
Not long after he then made people stand up and take notice with an outstanding nutmeg on Tennai Watson down the left flank as he and Alli combined to create a chance on goal that saw the attacking midfielder have a drilled effort blocked.
Denied by Franco Ravizzoli later in the half as he stung the palms of the goalkeeper with a powerful effort, the former PSV man really should have done better on the hour mark as he attempted to chip the shot-stopper following Oliver Skipp’s pass.
Spurs have Arsenal and Chelsea to come ahead of the league opener against Man City and that represents another couple of opportunities for both Bergwijn and Lucas to make their case to Espirito Santo for a regular starting spot.
The addition of Bryan Gil from Sevilla has only added to the competition in N17 and, unfortunately, potentially one or two of them will have to miss out depending on the head coach’s setup.
However, with all eyes on Kane and Son, Espirito Santo will have two secret weapons he can use in Bergwijn and Lucas even if that means utilising them off the bench if they aren’t to be in his starting XI on a regular basis.
A big season for all at the club after the disappointment of the last two campaigns, Tottenham’s attacking duo have shown in pre-season so far that they really do mean business and that only bodes well for the club going forward.
Speaking to Spurs TV after the 3-1 win, Espirito Santo was very pleased with the play from his attacking players at Stadium MK as he assesses his options ahead of the new campaign.
“That’s what I mention, trying to reproduce what they do in the training sessions,” he said.
“I think we must trust the talent that we have to give them the ability to express themselves. That’s the way we want it.”
On Lucas adding a goal that his performance deserved, he added: “Yeah, that’s what it’s about. If you have a chance you have to put it in. We had more, we had more.
“I think that character to put the ball inside the net is necessary because if you can score more goals the better you feel and the more confident you become, more growing and more pleasing for the next day. It’s about that.
“Every chance we make we have to put it inside.”
Son was also asked on Spurs TV about the team’s play in the final third and he heaped praise on his fellow attackers after they excelled at Stadium MK.
“I always enjoy playing with these amazing players like Dele, Stevie, Lucas. Whoever plays I really, really enjoy playing with them,” he admitted.
“We understand really well and we’ve been working really, really hard in pre-season.
“Obviously I’ve only played in two games but it has been really positive. The guys are working hard to make us proud and the fans proud.
“It’s pre-season and we can’t be always happy, but I think the energy is there and the positiveness is there.
“It’s not long to go until the season starts so I hope we can get a strong start and positive start.”
Coming in for criticism at times last season under Jose Mourinho with the team not pushing on to win games, Tottenham fans could be in for an attacking treat in 2021/22 if the past two games are anything to go by.