Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said his side’s “amazing” performance in Saturday’s victory over Crystal Palace is the “first step” towards rediscovering the consistency of last season.
All four Spurs goals came before the interval, with Son Heung-min the shining light in a scintillating attacking display.
The victory – Tottenham’s first since the opening weekend of the season – lifts them back into the top four of the Premier League.
Pochettino said last month that this was the most unsettled he has had at the club, following a summer in which the likes of Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld were all heavily linked with moves abroad.
The 4-0 win was Spurs’ first game since the European transfer window closed on 2 September.
“[Today’s performance] showed when you focus and concentrate and you are on the same page, working to the same objective, the quality is there,” said Pochettino.
“This is the first step. We need to improve a lot, we need to be consistent.
“The first half was like a recovery to make our fans feel proud of us.”
South Korea forward Son capitalised on a defensive lapse from returning Palace defender Mamadou Sakho to fire the hosts into an early lead, before visiting left-back Patrick van Aanholt inadvertently directed a cross from right-back Serge Aurier into his own net.
Son connected beautifully with another Aurier cross to make it 3-0, and Erik Lamela finished off another flowing move involving Son and Harry Kane to complete the scoring.
“The attitude was amazing, and the performance,” said Pochettino. “We were very concentrated and had tremendous quality.
“I’m so happy for the team. I think it’s important for their confidence.”