Huddersfield 0 Spurs 4 (PL), Kane 2, Davies, Sissoko
England 1 Slovenia 0, Kane
Lithuania 0 England 1, Kane (pen)
Finally back from my trip to Hong Kong and Japan, it’s time to get back up to speed with this blog. More tomorrow after Bournemouth.
In my last post I wrote that both matches (West Ham and Apoel) were won “mostly thanks to Kane.” Since then, Pep Guardiola has caused a stir by referring to Spurs as the ‘Harry Kane’ team, an insult both to Harry’s teammates and their manager, addressed by Pochettino in his press conference yesterday. And since then, Kane has become the only Englishman nominated on this year’s Ballon d’Or list of 50 players and collected the Premier League Player of the Month for September.
And also since my last post, he has scored 4 more goals – 2 at Huddersfield, and 2 for England. The two for Spurs were beauties; a clinical right foot finish into the near post after breaking away, and a curling left footer from outside the box into the far corner. As I’ve said before, Kane scores all types of goals. Is he now ‘at the top of his game’ as people are saying? Or, actually, is there more to come, to a whole new level, one of the greatest goal machines of all time?
As importantly, though, there were signs against Huddersfield that his teammates are getting up to speed as well. The defence looked more solid (but still conceded chances), the midfield more urgent and controlling, the move for our second goal (Davies) a thing of real beauty. It certainly appeared as if we played within ourselves in the second half. Nevertheless, chances were created, Kane could have had a hat-trick, and in a symbolic moment, Sissoko finally got onto the scoresheet.
On Thursday evening I attended an enjoyable event organised by THST (Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust). Entitled ‘The Spurs Beat’ it was a Question Time style Q&A with four Spurs journalists; Seb Stafford-Bloor, Ben Pearce, Alisdair Gold and Tom Collomosse. All were eloquent, interesting and amusing and well facilitated by Martin Cloake, but I particularly enjoyed the slightly self-deprecating delivery of Seb (Spurs fan) and laconic one-liners from northern Tom (Leeds fan). I guess around a couple of hundred other THST members attended.
I found an excellent video on Youtube (via the ‘Spurs Community’ site) showing the current state of the new stadium. It is safe to say it really will be both impressive and beautiful when finished. In the meantime, Spurs seem set to beat the Premier League attendance record at Wembley today versus Bournemouth. It would be nice to celebrate the occasion with 3 points.
At the start of this weekend, we lie 3rd in the table with a 7-4-2-1 record and 14 points (all 4 wins away). City and United share the lead with 19 points (City 1 better goal difference), while Chelsea are 4th (13), Arsenal 5th on goal difference (13), Burnley 6th (12) and Liverpool 7th (12).