Spur's own Harry Kane the inspiration behind Chelsea kill
Tottenham Hotspur spent the cash earned from Gareth Bale`s sale on a plethora of internationals but the key to the remarkable 5-3 win over Chelsea on Thursday, and their best player this season, had been there all along.
London: Tottenham Hotspur spent the cash earned from Gareth Bale`s sale on a plethora of internationals but the key to the remarkable 5-3 win over Chelsea on Thursday, and their best player this season, had been there all along.
While Andre Villas-Boas and his successors as manager Tim Sherwood and Mauricio Pochettino juggled their multi-national cast to little effect after Bale`s 85 million pounds ($132.12 million) move to Real Madrid in 2013, homegrown striker Harry Kane was quietly going about his business, hoping for a break.
Even when Kane started banging in the goals in the Europa League and Capital One Cup, Pochettino seemed reluctant to give the 21-year-old a consistent run in the Premier League.
Eventually his goals, overall play and the demanding Spurs fans made an irresistible case and since becoming a regular in November he has not looked back.
On Thursday, Kane delivered a five-star display, scoring two excellent goals against the league leaders, taking his tally to 17 in all competitions this season, and setting up two more as fifth-placed Spurs chalked up one of their best victories for years.
The performance was all the better for coming against the league`s most established and consistent centre back pairing of John Terry and Gary Cahill, with the latter in particular struggling to deal with Kane`s pace, power, touch and awareness.
A regular for England at every age level, a first full cap looks a certainty.
"I am just enjoying playing. Hopefully I can keep it up but the most important thing is the team winning," said Kane who spent the first half of the 2012-13 season on loan at Norwich City.
"We have taken to the way the manager wants us to play and it`s working. It means we go into the New Year buzzing. To score five against one of the best defences in the world shows how we`re coming together."
Pochettino was full of praise for Kane but reminded everyone the forward was still learning the game.
"We need to be careful with him. He`s still young but has presence now," the Argentine told reporters.
"In the last few months he`s had the chance to play more and start to show his quality and we are really happy for that. It`s impossible to hide him because of his performance."