Spurs start post-Kane era with a 2-2 draw at Brentford


Tottenham Hotspur gave new manager Ange Postecoglou a rollercoaster Premier League debut when they started life after Harry Kane with a 2-2 draw in their opening game at Brentford on Sunday.

New signing James Maddison, taking on departed Kane's number 10 shirt, pulled the strings in midfield and provided two assists as Spurs took the lead, fell behind and came back for a point with all the goals in a lively first half.

Cristian Romero headed the visitors in front in the 11th minute, after a long VAR check for possible offside that contributed to the 11 minutes time added on in the first half, with the ball whipped in by Maddison from a free kick.

Postecoglou, who arrived in July as the replacement for Antonio Conte and is the first Australian to manage in the Premier League, took Romero off immediately after the VAR decision despite the player's obvious reluctance to leave.

The centre-back had earlier been caught in a clash of heads and received medical attention.

Postecoglou confirmed the change was made for concussion reasons, although Spurs failed to fill in the correct slip to register that.

"The medical team were just monitoring him and obviously then he scored with his head and they were pretty sure we needed to get him off for his own benefit," said the Australian.

"What we know about head injuries, for me it's not even an issue. We always err on the side of caution. The player's not the one you listen to in that situation because he doesn't know what's going on either."

Bryan Mbeumo wrong-footed Guglielmo Vicario to equalise 15 minutes later from the penalty spot after new Spurs captain Son Heung-min fouled Mathias Jensen.

The South Korean had an otherwise quiet afternoon and was substituted in the second half while Brazilian striker Richarlison was even less visible despite Spurs having the lion's share of possession.

The Bees were 2-1 up in the 36th after a Yoane Wissa shot went in off Dutch defender Micky van de Ven, a new arrival from German side Wolfsburg.

Tottenham, who said farewell to Kane when the club's record scorer signed for Bayern Munich on Saturday, then made it 2-2 in first-half stoppage time when Emerson Royal lashed in a pass from Maddison.

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