For Tottenham striker Harry Kane, it was not a poor start to the season.
The captain of England was in superb shape for his side and was once again instrumental in their Monday night 1-0 win over Burnley.
Kane set up Son Heung-Min with a beautifully instinctive header from a corner with the scores level with 15 minutes to go at Turf Moor, to enable the South Korean forward to net the winner.
In doing so, in his team’s first six games of the season, Kane set a new Premier League record of being directly involved in more goals than any other player, with the 27-year-old now having scored five goals and produced eight assists.
While fans of Spurs may rejoice in Kane’s superb showings, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is one man who may not be quite so pleased.
The former Arsenal man, who frequently promoted Kane to Manchester United, was persuaded that under Jose Mourinho he would not be as successful as under his former boss, Mauricio Pochettino.
And Merson could well regret the comments he made after Spurs had drawn 1-1 with United in the 2019-20 campaign in June on Soccer Saturday.
“I was concerned about Harry Kane when Jose took the job,” Merson said.
“He played under Pochettino, and everywhere they went, Tottenham had a go. There were goals, there were crosses, shots. On his own, he’s going to play upfront and it’s going to be hard work. He’s trying to hit 60-yard throws in the end just to get involved in the game, and that’s not Harry Kane.
“I don’t see him having 25-30 goals a season the way Jose likes to play, and he [Mourinho] won’t want to play like he did when he got in there for the first time, 4-2s and 5-3s, no way.”
A few weeks later, when writing for the Daily Star, Merson doubled down on those claims, adding: ‘Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world, but I stand by what I said about him and Harry Kane.