Harry Kane stimulates Jose Mourinho with a goal against West Ham | Football News


Harry Kane scored his first goal since the month of December

Jose Mourinho has been shown the process of turning in pain on the touchline when Harry Kane shot narrowly wide following a Tottenham counter-attack after an hour of Tuesday night’s meeting with West Ham.

The manager of the Spurs had spent the buildup of this game, insisting that he was the man of the situation to get the best of the 26-year-old, offering four-minute defense of his record with strikers during a virtual press conference having taken exception to Paul Merson’s comments to the contrary on Sky Sports.

Kane miss must have been doubly frustrating for this reason, but Mourinho did not have to wait long for the striker to find the net. After Tomas Soucek own goal was to put Spurs in front, Kane has found himself bearing down on the goal again. This time he made no mistake.

FREE-TO-WATCH Highlights of the victory of Tottenham over West Ham

FREE-TO-WATCH Highlights of the victory of Tottenham over West Ham

The most important thing for the Spurs, it is that victory goes back to the seventh place in the Premier League, one point behind the Wolves and Manchester United and right in the mix for a Champions League final. But Kane’s first goal since he has been ruled out with a thigh injury in the month of January has been a definite bonus.

Mourinho had defended his striker’s performance against Manchester United on Friday, praising his “incredible” pace of work and insisting on the fact that he would have been happy with the same against West Ham. But the numbers of zero shots on target and only one touch in the opposition box – summarizes undeniably a disappointing attacking contribution.

Against West Ham, however, on what was his 200th Premier League appearance for Spurs, Kane was much more his old self.

The pace of work is equally impressive – “phenomenal” supposed to Mourinho on Sky Sports by the sequel – but this time there was much more to do with it.

Harry Kane celebrates scoring with Ben Davies

Harry Kane celebrates scoring with Ben Davies

In the course of the 90 minutes, Kane has attempted six shots on goal, including a diagonal effort which stung the palms of Lukasz Fabianski in the first half and a clever flick, who has forced the goalkeeper of West Ham in a close-range save in the second. It is only with his final effort of the night that he scored, but this was more like the Kane we know, we know.

“He’s back,” said Mourinho afterwards.

It owes much to the work he has done during the lock – “he has done an incredible job in his home to recover,” added Mourinho – and while he has not yet regained full sharpness, it is certainly remarkable that he covered more ground than anyone else on the pitch against United (11.5 km) and second among players in the Spurs vs West Ham (10.9 km).

  • 200 games played
  • 137 goals scored
  • Eight hat-tricks
  • 20 passes

It is hardly surprising that he collapsed to the turf in exhaustion after his goal.

“When you have not done this long, it takes time to come back to and trust your body – in particular with a thigh injury,” said Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp afterwards. “This is the muscle that gives you the most explosive feeling. You must be able to sprint with it. But the fact that when he went through, he was still a yard is a pace encouraging.

“It is a relief as well. Each time you have a surgery, you are wondering if you are going to be able to come back at the same level, and sprint again. I’ve played with Michael Owen, who has definitely lost half a yard of his pace after his hamstring injury. Harry doesn’t rely on his pace, but he will still want to feel explosive. Once it is in this position, he has never been in doubt. “

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has praised Harry Kane

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has praised Harry Kane

Kane sniffed scoring positions and to do the good works again, but it is also the development of his game turn, and there was a lot of evidence of that on Tuesday night. Both in the first half, he was behind Dele Alli, the fall in the midfield and helping to lead the Spurs before.

As early as the fifth minute, he could be seen picking up possession in the centre of the circle and spread the play to the onrushing Serge Aurier on the right. Shortly after, he hit a superb ball to Alli with the outside of his boot, requiring a blurring of the intervention of the back-peddling Issa Diop.

It was the kind of pass that you can expect from a player like Kevin de Bruyne, or maybe even Kane’s Spurs team-mate Giovani Lo Celso, but it was a reminder that Kane is a player much more complete today than he was when he burst onto the scene for the Spurs 200 Premier League appearances for years.

With over 180 minutes of action under his belt, Kane will now hope to be back to full speed when Tottenham resume their Premier League campaign against Sheffield United at the beginning of the next month. Mourinho, meanwhile, hope this is the beginning of a striker hitting his prime. On this evidence, there are many more goals yet to come.

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