Colchester United manager Hayden Mullins hailed the ‘world class’ Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Heung-Min Son after their 3-0 pre-season defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, while speaking to the Gazette.
A side who finished just a few points above the League Two drop zone last season were always likely to have their hands full on Wednesday night, even against a Spurs team without the mercurial talents of Harry Kane.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side started the game with an athletic, mobile front three at the JobServe Community Stadium and it didn’t take long before their superiority shone through.
A glorious Lucas through-ball set Bergwijn away to serve up Son’s 11th-minute opener on a silver platter. Lucas would then double the lead himself with a near post flick from the South Korean’s corner.
And, just before half-time, Son created the game’s third and final goal as Dele Alli, doing what he does best, broke into the penalty area and bundled the ball across the line.
Will Lucas, Son and Bergwijn shine for Tottenham next season?
“The pace of their front three in particular is unbelievable; Bergwijn and Son and Lucas,” said Mullins, the former West Ham midfielder who became head-coach at Colchester in February.
“It’s a world-class front three and they’ve caused a lot of teams in the Premier League problems.
“We knew that and at times, the boys looked tired and stretched but that’s exactly what we need in pre-season.
“This was a totally different game in terms of athleticism, pace and power and the way they move the ball.
“Spurs have got some good players, the likes of Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks, Dele Alli, Eric Dier at the back – they’re all top players.”
While Lucas and Son stole the show, 18-year-old Maksim Paskotsi caught the eye too.
The baby-faced Estonia international has been training regularly with Spurs’ first-team during pre-season, and it was his excellent through-ball which laid the foundations for Alli’s strike in a comfortable 3-0 win.