James Maddison continued his sparkling start to life at Tottenham Hotspur with a goal in a 2-0 win at Bournemouth which put Ange Postecoglou’s side top of the English Premier League.
Maddison has been at the heart of the good vibes that have returned to Tottenham, despite the sale of record scorer Harry Kane to Bayern Munich, and Aussie boss Postecoglou insisted there is much more to come from the 26-year-old.
Another classy display on Saturday helped Tottenham move to seven points from three games – Maddison putting his side in front early on and oozing class.
One reporter asked Postecoglou whether the former Leicester man could turn out to be the ‘bargain’ of the summer.
“A £45million bargain! I don’t know what world you live in mate?” the former Celtic manager shot back.
“But I know what you mean, relatively so. There wasn’t anyone happier than me when we got him. I was delighted.
“I wouldn’t say I’m surprised, but I’m overjoyed at the footballer I’ve got.”
Brazilian striker Richarlison missed two good chances, both provided by Maddison, but Spurs wrapped up victory through Dejan Kulusevski.
Spurs are top because Arsenal were held to a surprise 2-2 draw by 10-man Fulham, who had Calvin Bassey sent off late on.
But Joao Palhinha struck in the 87th minute to pinch a point.
Andreas Pereira put Fulham ahead in the first minute, but a Bukayo Saka penalty and a goal from substitute Eddie Nketiah appeared to put the Gunners in control.
Manchester United trailed at home 2-0 to Nottingham Forest but hit back to win 3-2 thanks to goals from Christian Eriksen, Casemiro and a Bruno Fernandes penalty.
Joachim Andersen’s equaliser secured Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw at unbeaten Brentford, who had gone ahead through a first-half stunner from Kevin Schade.
Brighton missed the chance to go top when they were beaten 3-1 at home by West Ham.