Heung-min Son's devastating return to the wing transforms Tottenham after Ange Postecoglou tactical tweak

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Tottenham's return to winning ways came courtesy of a big night from Richarlison, who scored his first goals for the club with his feet, but the story of a 4-1 win over Newcastle was Heung-min Son's devastating return to the wing.

Son has been used as a centre-forward by head coach Ange Postecoglou since the 5-2 win over Burnley on September 2 when he scored a hat-trick - a run of 12 consecutive games - but he was back on the left against the Magpies in a notable tweak to Spurs' front three.

The Korean justified the decision by making both the first half goals with clinical pieces of wing-play and won the late penalty - Spurs' first of the season - from which he made it 4-0.

Son twice beat his former Spurs team-mate Kieran Trippier to create simple finishes for Destiny Udogie, who opened his account for the club, and Richarlison.

For Richarlison, who played through the middle and twice finished calmly inside the box, it felt like a breakthrough game, not least because it came on his first start since pelvis surgery last month and against the team of Callum Wilson - with whom the he clashed last season after the Newcastle striker poked fun at his goal-record.

While Richarlison provided the finishing touches, it was Son's return to the left flank which transformed Spurs in the final third, adding the “conviction” Postecoglou felt was so sorely missing in the defeats here to Aston Villa and West Ham.

The Spurs captain was too good for Trippier whenever he isolated the full-back and the deadlock was broken in the 26th minute from a one-two with Udogie.

It was a piece of play perfectly demonstrating what Postecoglou wants from his inverted full-backs, as Udogie worked space on the edge of the area, found Son and burst into the six-yard box to finish. Credit to the 21-year-old for responding so quickly and decisively from his mistake against West Ham on Thursday night, which cost Spurs the winning goal.

At 1-0, the match might easily have gone the same way as the 2-1 home defeats to Villa and the Hammers, and indeed the 4-1 loss to Chelsea here, when Spurs missed chances to double their lead and were punished.

Son, though, was in the mood - remarkable, really, given he left the stadium in discomfort on Thursday after being forced off with a knock.

He got one-on-one again with the frazzled Trippier on the left and bundled past the England defender before squaring to Richarlison for a simple finish.

At 2-0, there was still a question of whether an exhausted Newcastle could make Spurs jittery given Postecoglou's Spurs were on a run of five games without a win, surrendering a lead in each, but Richarlison killed off the match as a contest with a well-take third.

His first touch from Pedro Porro's excellent pass was loose but he kept his composure to finish under Martin Dubravka.

From there, Spurs looked capable of running riot and perhaps earning revenge for a 6-1 defeat in their last meeting with the Magpies but Brennan Johnson hit the woodwork for a second time in the match and Son flashed an effort across the face of goal.

There was still time for the skipper to get the goal he so obviously deserved, though. Now back at centre-forward, he raced clear and was felled by Dubravka, dusting himself off to score Spurs' first penalty of the season.

Joelinton added a stoppage-time consolation for the visitors, which will have frustrated Postecoglou while Cristian Romero was lucky to get away with a studs-up challenge on Wilson, which may have earned him another suspension.

When Son was so devastating at Turf Moor back, he looked to be entering a new phase of his career as an elite centre-forward but on Sunday he looked back to being a superb winger, lethal in transition and capable of added the final balls Spurs have so missed in recent weeks.

But all good teams have options and variety, and Son's return to the wing was a reminder that the 31-year-old is a devastating player in more than one position.