James Maddison offered two assists to assist fill the artistic void left by Harry Kane’s departure, however Tottenham may solely begin the Ange Postecoglou period with a 2-2 Premier League draw at Brentford.
Kane’s exit to Bayern Munich – coupled with 4 full debutants getting used of their season opener – contributed to the beginning of a brand new daybreak at Spurs and together with hosts Brentford, they produced an entertaining affair in west London.
New vice-captain Cristian Romero headed Tottenham in entrance after 11 minutes, however quick-fire efforts from Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa circled this Premier League opener for the Bees.
Emerson Royal was capable of stage on the stroke of half-time after one other help by Maddison, who was carrying the No 10 shirt, and regardless of each groups fashioning additional possibilities within the second half, the spoils had been shared.
It had been a whirlwind interval for everybody concerned at Tottenham with Kane starting his journey to Germany on Friday and making his debut for Bayern on Saturday night time. By that time, his former membership had moved on.
Son Heung-min was confirmed as Spurs’ new captain, with Hugo Lloris nonetheless anticipated to depart earlier than September 1, and Postecoglou handed out a number of debuts throughout his personal Premier League bow.
A slight delay occurred to kick-off at Brentford resulting from a sanitation challenge contained in the stadium, however it took solely 11 minutes for Tottenham to attain the primary aim of this new period.
Maddison curled in a free-kick for fellow vice-captain Romero to go dwelling however that will show the World Cup winner’s final involvement.
Romero had clashed heads with Mbeumo after 5 minutes and regardless of insisting he may keep it up, Davinson Sanchez was launched.
Brentford began to develop into proceedings and Tottenham’s new primary Guglielmo Vicario saved properly from Mbeumo earlier than Son began his captaincy duties with a low level.
The Spurs ahead caught Mathias Jensen inside the world and – whereas it appeared innocuous at first look – VAR advised referee Robert Jones to overview the incident with the pitchside monitor and he pointed to the penalty spot.
With Brentford with out the banned Ivan Toney resulting from repeated betting breaches, Mbeumo took on the spot-kick accountability and slotted the ball dwelling after 26 minutes in a similar way to his fellow strike companion.
Nine minutes later, Thomas Frank’s facet had been forward when Rico Henry obtained in behind Emerson too simply on the proper and in the reduction of, the place Wissa’s shot was deflected past Vicario by fellow debutant Micky Van De Ven.
A reserving for Oliver Skipp on the stroke of half-time made it 5 yellows handed out to the guests, which included coach Ryan Mason, and people minor delays contributed in the direction of 11 minutes being added on on the finish of the primary half.
It proved sufficient time for Tottenham to go in stage after Emerson rifled dwelling from 22 yards following Maddison’s cross to proceed his resurgence after he was booed onto the pitch towards Aston Villa initially of 2023.
Brentford substitute Mikkel Damsgaard ought to have made it 3-2 after 58 minutes, however he scuffed his effort straight at Vicario from 12 yards after the Italian had punched away Vitaly Janelt’s cross.
Spurs improved afterwards with Son testing Mark Flekken, who produced a robust show after changing Arsenal-bound David Raya.
Flekken was equal to Richarlison’s Sixty fourth-minute effort when Maddison had slipped by the Brazil ahead earlier than a number of modifications had been made by each managers.
Van De Ven breathed a sigh of aid after VAR determined to not intervene when he caught Bees substitute Kevin Schade inside the world with 12 minutes left.
And it proved the ultimate noteworthy second of an entertaining opener, which confirmed either side there was life with out talismans Kane and Toney.