Tottenham’s hopes of challenging for the 2019-20 Premier League title so nearly got off to a rocky start against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side found themselves 1-0 to the promoted visitors after just nine minutes courtesy of Scotland international John McGinn.
Spurs failed to haul themselves level before the half-time whistle and headed into the dressing room with just a single shot on target from eight attempts.
The second period unfolded in much the same manner as they squandered several clear-cut chances to restore parity, until the hosts finally pegged Villa back through Tanguy Ndombele.
The club-record £53.8 million signing marked his competitive debut - and helped spare his new employers some serious blushes - with an unstoppable curled strike from 25 yards.
Harry Kane completed the turnaround with just four minutes of normal time left to play, lashing home a loose ball after an Erik Lamela crossed pinged off Tyrone Mings and Bjorn Engels.
The England striker made sure of the result three minutes later to allow Pochettino and his men to breathe a huge sigh of relief.
It wasn't the most impressive display from a side that welcomed more than £100 million worth of signings during the summer, but surely they didn't deserve to be written off so soon.
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