The Tottenham Hotspur attack worked in a specific way under Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese running the majority of his offensive moves through Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Mourinho empowered the pair to find goals for Spurs by showcasing individual brilliance on the ball and coming up with creative solutions.
Kane and Son thrived in transition under the 58 year-old; the former regularly roaming into deeper midfield areas before feeding the latter on the break, who would use his speed before finding the net more often than not.
The duo posted a total of 14 assists for each other in the Premier League last season, which is the most by any pairing in a single campaign in the history of the competition, ahead of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton on 13.
Although elements of the attacking plan worked, Spurs encountered issues when faced with deep-lying defences, and when tasked with killing games. Some opponents were unwilling to allow Kane and Son to win matches almost single-handedly.
Spurs failed to score more than once in 20 of their 38 league matches last season – which equated to roughly 52.6% of their season – even though Kane finished as the division’s top scorer, with Son in fifth place.
Antonio Conte is now at the helm and although his tenure is just a week old, it appears as though the Italian is going to build his attack using a different approach.
Rather than essentially leaving the attacking to Kane and Son while focusing solely on moments in transition, Conte seems to be building more of a team threat when building offensive moves.
Just two matches have been played under the 52 year-old against Vitesse and Everton but already, patterns are beginning to emerge when Spurs gain possession of the ball.
Conte’s wing-backs have grown in prominence. Sergio Reguilon and Emerson Royal have shown an intent to join attacking moves and penetrate the penalty box.
When the ball has been positioned out wide, Reguilon in particular has been surrounded by support to allow him to prosper.
Ben Davies has underlapped and overlapped at times in order to present his Spanish teammate with a passing option or space to cross, with Son also making specific movements so that crossing avenues open up.
As shown below, Reguilon had the ball on the left against Everton, with Son attacking the near post and Emerson darting towards the back while Kane occupied the centre.
“I’m enjoying the position a lot because I can attack more,” said Reguilon. “He [Conte] wants me to be solid in defence but at the same moment, I have to arrive in the box, help the strikers, score goals, give assists.”
Last season, Gareth Bale was the only other Spurs player other than Kane and Son to score more than three times in the Premier League, but based on Conte’s early work, it is likely that he’ll develop a number of contributors and ways to score.
Kane has continued to drop deep at times as he did under Mourinho, but while also remaining high on other occasions to allow Son and Lucas Moura to retrieve the ball instead.