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Tottenham ratings vs Wolves: Dele an all-round machine on Kane return

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arry Kane returned to action as Tottenham continued their perfect start under Nuno Espirito Santo with a 1-0 win at Wolves.

Kane played the final 20 minutes and helped Spurs make it back-to-back wins at the start of the season after Dele Alli’s first-half penalty downed Nuno’s former club.

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The captain stood up when it mattered, saving from Adama Traore one-v-one to preserve his side’s lead.

After shackling Raheem Sterling last weekend, endured a nightmare afternoon against Traore. The winger frequently created a yard of space and once outright skinned the right-back, creating a fine chance for Raul Jimenez.

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Looked uncomfortable faced with the physical threat of Traore and allowed Jimenez in behind in the first half with a mistimed sliding clearance. After a good display against City, his limitations were evident here.

Dispossessed by Ruben Neves, leading to Wolves’ best chance when Lloris stood up to Traore. Otherwise solid – but must cut out the lapses.

Occasionally struggled with the twin threat of Nelson Semedo and Francisco Trincao, and was loose in possession. Read the game well, though, and made the penalty with a pass for Dele.

A busy display in front of the watching England manager Gareth Southgate. Second best to Wolves’ midfield two for long periods but covered ground and got stuck in. Booked for tackle on Traore.

Often forced out of position to double up on Traore, creating space for Wolves in the middle of the park. Put himself about as usual and set up a dangerous counter-attack for Son, while nearly scoring late on with a nice piece of skill.

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A first Premier League goal since March 2020 suggested his renaissance is well under way. Won the penalty with a trademark dart into the box and cooly sent Sa the wrong way. His defensive work – including flinging himself in front of a Raul Jimenez shot – was just as impressive.

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