TOTTENHAM were back in the groove as they smashed FOUR past Crystal Palace before half time.
Heung-min Son was back to his best as Mauricio Pochettino's side ran riot in the first 45 minutes – and David Beckham watched on, with the ex-England star reportedly saying he wishes he could play for Spurs.
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PAUL MERSON praised England international Harry Winks for his performance in Tottenham’s 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Winks dictated the pace of Spurs' play from midfield as they hammered Roy Hodgson's team in north London.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the ex-Arsenal player said: “Tottenham made Crystal Palace look average. In the first 45 minutes, Spurs were back to the side we all know, but it’s already too late to catch Liverpool. Harry Winks is such a massive player for them, the way he gets the ball moving quickly.
“They looked a proper team and as soon as the first whistle blew, they meant business. They rolled the ball back to the centre-half, lumped it forward and Winks put it over the bar within 10 seconds. The fans didn’t have to wait. They took the game to Palace, and they didn’t know what day it was.”
Moussa Sissoko has promised on Instagram that he will score a goal before his Tottenham Hotspur teammate Serge Aurier, who thought he scored in the 4-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Aurier's strike was awarded as a Patrick van Aanholt own-goal, and now Sissoko has pledged to beat his compatriot to his first Spurs goal.
Sissoko hasn't scored for Tottenham since 2017.
Mauricio Pochettino's tinkering has left Spurs vulnerable at the start of the new season and they'll have it tough against Olympiakos, thinks Charlie Nicholas.
Writing for Sky Sports, he said: “This is an awkward one. Tottenham were very impressive in the first half against Crystal Palace, which allowed them to ease down to second gear in the second half.
“Mauricio Pochettino has changed his team too much and that is why they look vulnerable at the back. I would imagine Tottenham would try to control possession, but this is an awkward trip and these are dangerous teams to travel to. Tottenham are still unpredictable.”
IT'S already too late for Spurs to catch Liverpool in the Premier League, according to Paul Merson.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, he said: “Tottenham made Crystal Palace look average.
“They are a team that have won away to all the big teams, but in the first 45 minutes, Spurs were back to the side we all know on Saturday, but for me it's already too late for them to catch Liverpool.”
Before he added: “They looked like a proper team and as soon as the first whistle blew, they meant business.”
TOTTENHAM had the game so sewn up during their 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace that fans were even able to crack on with their own needlework.
A double from Son Heung-min either side of a Patrick van Aanholt own-goal was compounded by a goal from Erik Lamela during a rampant first half from Mauricio Pochettino's side.
Despite the impressive performance from the north London outfit, two female fans sewing up in the stands was what sent Twitter into meltdown.
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