For the second week running, Tottenham Hotspur’s unstable defence was horribly exposed as they surrendered a two-goal advantage against bottom of the table Leicester City at White Hart Lane. The Spurs backline was torn to shreds during the opening 15 minutes, and Harry Kane’s double strike simply papered the cracks over the lilywhite’s frailties.
No surprises, the man everyone has been talking about stepped up to the plate yet again. Harry Kane remained calm and collected to slot home a penalty, sending Tottenham on the way to capturing the three points they barely deserved. His hat-trick strengthened his rapidly growing reputation.
The 21 year old who has just received his first call-up to the senior England squad now boasts 29 goals in all competitions this season, just one less than Jürgen Klinsmann managed for the North Londoners in the 1994-95 campaign.
It is fair to say that this is another season of transition at White Hart Lane, but the question must be asked. Has there been an improvement from last season? Under Tim Sherwood, Spurs finished sixth. Will they finish higher this season? Maybe. Can they break into the Champions League positions? Based on the last two league games, not a chance.
Kane’s astonishing rise has created a strong sense of energy around a club that is often guilty of meeting its own expectations. Yet, those expectations are not in line with reality.
Tottenham have a wonderful history, but right now they are plagued by misconceptions of greatness. Former manager Tim Sherwood is taking full credit for the rapid development of Kane. However, perhaps Sherwood’s most notable success as Spurs boss was by telling those connected to the club to have a more realistic outlook. Mauricio Pochettino is perhaps profiting from Sherwood’s comments, but there are big issues that need resolving and quickly.
First and foremost, the lilywhites are far too open, inviting teams to hurt them. Sure enough, that’s exactly what Manchester United did to them last weekend. There is no doubting that a stronger side than Leicester would have taken a point, if not all three from Saturday’s game.
On a positive note, Harry Kane is joint top of the scoring charts in the Barclays Premier League on 19 goals, level with Chelsea’s Diego Costa. Tottenham boast one of the league’s deadliest talisman. To think he has the chance of finishing the season with more goals than Sergio Aguero may seem absurd, but remains an achievable feat right now.
Kane has demonstrated he is a player who can score a lot of goals, but crucially, many types of goals. His all-round ability is what impresses so many. His work rate is phenomenal. He holds the ball up with great effect and expertly links the play from midfield to attack. Spurs fans adore him because they see a guy who is fully committed throughout and gives his all to the club. There are some who believe his performances must be some kind of anomaly, but every goal he scores weakens the argument that his quality may be short-lived.
Of course, Kane has to produce the same standard of performances over the next few seasons, as longevity is the best measure of talent. But right now, there is very little to indicate that Kane will not continue to strengthen his reputation next season. Tottenham are confident that they have an outstanding player amongst their ranks.
Pochettino should also be credited with considerable praise for Kane’s rise to fame, but now he has the responsibility of building a side to accommodate the England star. Tottenham will need to step up a gear and start to show they are genuine Champions League contenders. If they can do this, they can keep their prize asset happy, and Kane will have no reason to look at playing his football elsewhere.