Last season Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe offered Tottenham a narrow range of choices up front, Adebayor didn’t suit Andre Villas Boas’ game, Soldado flopped and Defoe left the club. AVB pondered playing Nacer Chadli, Gylfi Sigurðsson and Erik Lamela up front but none of them was able to do a decent job. Spurs were linked with a host of names this summer to bolster their attack but the solution came from their own academy, Harry Kane, a player who has always been around but rarely given the chance to impress.
Tottenham were able to start their new year in the best possible way by beating Chelsea 5-3 at the White Hart Lane. Although Mauricio Pochettino stated that winning the match was down to a team effort and cohesive play, it was Harry Kane who made it possible for all this to happen. Kane was all over the pitch last Thursday scoring two goals, assisting one and winning a penalty. He’s very determined and his mindset helps him improve even further with time, he’s nothing like the typical English forward, he’s very dynamic and he showed he’s capable of playing in a wide range of systems as he experienced playing under several managers whether at Spurs or during his loan stints elsewhere.
Two months earlier he scored a hat-trick against Astera Tripolis, it could have been dismissed and deemed unimportant considering the opponent but his 15 goals in all competitions give Pochettino enough reasons to favor him over Adebayor and Soldado despite Kane not being a traditional striker. Out of all Premier League players with less than a 1000 minutes of football, only Papiss Cisse (9) scored more goals than Kane (7). His mobility could be the changing factor for Spurs, something Soldado failed at. There are many factors that interfere in a team’s season, but maybe in Spurs case, Kane’s form could be the major factor in their improvement during winter. Kane has been as important defensively as he is offensively, he’s good at applying pressure and disrupting the opposition’s play, the best example was his role in the game against Everton when ge dispossessed Barry and kick-started the attack that lead to Soldado’s goal.
Under Pocchettino Southampton’s attackers were good at tackling, winning the ball high up the pitch, initiating play rapidly, Spurs needed to learn this style of play, they needed this desire to score as quickly as possible and with Kane on the pitch, they have all they need to play good football. Spurs are ahead of both Arsenal and Liverpool in the standings, while both Manchester United and Southampton are within reach, they can target a top four finish and it’s achievable as long as they continue to play like they have been doing lately.
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