Tottenham 1-0 Wolves: Post-Match Player Ratings
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates their sides first goal with team mates Ivan Perisic and Son Heung-Min during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 20, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League season, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 thanks to a record-breaking goal from Harry Kane.

It was not the easiest match for the home side, with the first half in particular seeing Wolves dominate the ball and look the more threatening of the two teams, to the frustration of the Tottenham faithful.

They need not have worried however, because following, presumably, a stern talking-to from head coach Antonio Conte, the hosts came out looking far more lively in the second 45 minutes.

It was through that energy that the chance for the goal came, as Kane latched onto a flick by Ivan Perisic at a corner, getting in front of Nathan Collins to head home.

While perhaps a little harsh on Bruno Lage's Wolves, it was another example of Tottenham getting a result even when they were not at their best - a promising sign for the future indeed.

Tottenham

Hugo Lloris - 6/10

Was never massively troubled by the opposition attackers, but did his job well when called upon, notably keeping out Ruben Neves' famous long range efforts.

Davinson Sanchez - 6/10

Made a couple of important blocks, particularly in the first half when Spurs were under considerable pressure, though said pressure was in part due to his miscommunication with others.

Eric Dier - 7/10

Looks more and more like a natural leader at the back every week, evidently in charge and doing his own job defensively too, as well as attempting to push his side up the pitch at times.

Ben Davies - 6/10

Nothing of massive importance, though for a defender that is more of a positive review than it may seem - looks comfortable enough in this back three.

Emerson Royal - 7/10

For a player that was heavily criticised last season, Emerson has come on leaps and bounds during this campaign, performing well today both defensively and going forwards.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg - 8/10

A real stand-out for the hosts today - he sprayed passes left, right and centre to his teammates, rarely misplacing one, and played his part defensively when needed too.

Rodrigo Bentancur - 7/10

Not quite as influential as his midfield partner in crime Højbjerg but still did a decent enough job; Spurs fans may be expecting a little more in the attacking sector.

Ivan Perisic - 8/10

Another excellent performer, making his full Premier League debut, Ivan Perisic was heavily involved in the flurry of action immediately after half time, and got the assist for the winner with a smart flick-on too.

Dejan Kulusevski - 7/10

Took some time to fully get himself into the game, being a relative outcast for the first half, but once he did he was excellent - put simply, when Kulusevski plays well, Spurs play well.

Son Heung-Min - 6/10

Has yet to truly kick on from his joint Golden Boot win last year, but still looks a potent attacking threat, playing his part in an extremely frightening front three for opposition defenders.

Harry Kane - 9/10

Like Kulusevski, it took him a little while to make his mark, but he did just that, popping up yet again to snatch crucial points for his side, just as he did last week against Chelsea.

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Substitutes

Richarlison (76') - 6/10

For the short time he was on the pitch he helped in relieving pressure from the Tottenham back line, making marauding runs up the pitch with the ball to come close to getting Spurs' second goal.

Ryan Sessegnon (76') - 5/10

Little to note from the wing-back who may find himself out the side for a little while after Perisic's superb performance today.

Yves Bissouma (86') - N/A

Came on too late to have enough of a genuine impact on the game.

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Wolves

Jose Sa - 6/10

Couldn't have done anything about the goal himself but did look a little shaky when coming to claim set pieces during this game, made up for by his comfortable nature on the ball with his feet.

Jonny Otto - 6/10

Still looks a little uncertain in a back four, though did keep Son quiet for large periods of the game so nothing that Wolves fans can complain about too much.

Nathan Collins - 4/10

Was at fault for the goal as he allowed Kane to get in front of him so can’t be rated any higher as cost the team points, which was a shame as he otherwise had a fairly impressive match, bar an unnecessary foul on Son early on.

Max Kilman - 6/10

Looked relatively assured, and has done for some time now, leading no doubt to more potential links to other clubs, as has already occurred during his career.

Ryan Ait-Nouri - 5/10

Very much struggled against a revitalised Kulusevski in the second half, being beaten for pace on a few occasions, leaving his teammates in the middle rather exposed.

Ruben Neves - 6/10

A typically assured performance from Neves, who by now has come to be known as the 'long shot king' - an accolade he may well have deserved even more had he done better with a volley in the first half.

Matheus Nunes - 6/10

As far as Premier League debuts go, with the added pressure of being your club's record signing, Nunes showed enough promise to warrant the hype surrounding his arrival - expect big things from him.

Daniel Podence - 5/10

Went off within the hour mark and did have some bright moments when linking up with teammates but overall didn't do enough, especially with the spurned half-volley chance going wide in the first half.

Joao Moutinho - 6/10

Much like Neves, this was a standard performance from the Portugal international - it was by no means extraordinary, but Wolves should not doubt the importance of having experience in an otherwise relatively young team.

Pedro Neto - 5/10

Taken off with around 20 minutes to go but could have gone earlier in all honesty - definitely not one of his best days.

Goncalo Guedes - 7/10

Arguably the most promising player for his side, Guedes proved to be quite a nuisance prior to the half time interval, drawing fouls from opponents and bringing his team up the pitch well.

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Substitutes

Leander Dendoncker (58') - 5/10

Replaced Moutinho and it was clear he wasn't quite as up to speed as him, with it being no coincidence that Wolves' control of the ball dropped once he was on the pitch.

Raul Jimenez (59') - 6/10

The striker, having been out for almost a year with a life-threatening head injury, has just come back from another unrelated setback, but showed glimmers of the past Jimenez that can terrorise defences.

Adama Traore (71') - 5/10

A strange case, given the fact many expected him to permanently move to Barcelona following the end of his loan, but he does need to expand his play style beyond 'run with strength'.

Nelson Semedo (71') - 5/10

Another player, like Traore, who has been based in Catalonia previously, Semedo put in an average performance while he was on the pitch.

Hee-Chan Hwang (81') - N/A

Not nearly enough time for a striker to make a real impact on a game.

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