Kane, unplayable during his stint in midfield for much of this season, has been closely scored every time he received the ball, meaning Son was largely out of service. It looked like Sean Dyche had figured out how to smother Spurs.
But even on a night when the pair were rarely able to combine in open play, they still found a way to goal in the end.
After Kane pushed Erik Lamela’s corner into the penalty area with just under a quarter of an hour to go, there was Son, ready to take advantage and lead his header into the roof of the net.
The goal sealed a valuable victory for Spurs and highlighted the seemingly telepathic understanding between Kane and Son. The latter’s smile when he realized that it was the first to put him in place underlined the beautiful relationship between them.
Kane and Son have now combined nine goals in just six Premier League games this season.
Kane has scored eight of Son’s seven goals. In total, he has now provided as many assists (eight) as he has managed in the previous three seasons combined. Son, meanwhile, only needs three more goals to tie his tally for the aggregate of the last campaign.
The numbers are remarkable, but Kane and Son’s understanding is nothing new. In fact, they have now combined for 29 Premier League goals, placing them behind only Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard in the history of the competition and at the level of David Silva and Sergio Aguero as well as Robert Pires and Thierry Henry.
At this rate, you wouldn’t bet against Drogba and Lampard’s record overhaul until the end of the season. The Kane and Son show is proving difficult for others to stop.
Carra: Kane has a special understanding
This owes a lot to Kane’s special understanding of the game, according to Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher. As well as adding creativity to his game, the 27-year-old knows exactly where to position himself on the pitch.
This also applies to the defensive side of the game. Shortly before providing the game-winning goal, Kane even had the presence of mind to hit the Spurs goal line from a Burnley corner and block James Tarkowski. to direct the hosts in front.
“Harry Kane is one of the brightest footballers in the game when it comes to understanding the game,” Carragher said.
“It’s consciousness,” he added, when analyzing the vital clearance. “’I can’t hit the ball in the air, but I can fall.’
“The position that Harry Kane is in, as soon as the ball passes him, it’s great, that understanding and that awareness.
“I think a lot of the frustration for managers when dealing with players is related to their understanding of the game.
“When they give them instructions, they don’t really understand what they’re supposed to do.
“But Kane is the kind of guy where you tell him once and it’s done.”
Neville: His son is world class
It’s not just Kane who has taken his game to another level this season, of course. Son’s eighth goal of the campaign put him away from Dominic Calvert-Lewin at the top of the rankings and, according to Gary Neville, that reflects his stature as a world-class player.
“I think Mourinho asked a question last week about when Son gets world class and he said he’s already there,” Neville said. “I would totally agree.
“He’s an absolutely incredible player. It’s a nightmare to play and he does all the right races.
“We regularly talk about Raheem Sterling, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, but Son is of that quality. If he played for Liverpool or Manchester City he would do what these guys do. It is absolutely exceptional.
“I think all the teams in the world would take Son. There isn’t a team in Europe or the Premier League that wouldn’t take it. “
Kane: Son in shape
Kane, meanwhile, was delighted his film had fallen to the right man.
“When things go a bit as you want the ball tends to fall to the right people and Son is in good shape for now,” he said. Sky Sports. “We are lucky it fell for him and he put it away. ”
When asked how he explained their extraordinary tally of goal combinations this season, Kane added, “When I went down deeper this season the wide players ran behind and it gave me some space to raise your head and play those passes. Maybe we haven’t in recent years.
“Confidence is high, and everyone knows that if I get that ball and I spin, they have a chance to get on goal. We are going with the flow and it was an important win tonight in a tough place to come. “
Mourinho: No jealousy between Kane and Son
Jose Mourinho was delighted too, insisting that the credit for Kane and Son’s relationship should go to his Spurs predecessor, Mauricio Pochettino.
“I think it’s an understanding that comes from Mauricio’s time. I don’t want all the credit for myself, let’s share it with Mauricio because they’ve been playing together for quite a long time, probably in a different way.
“Now Harry is probably not always No. 9 because he enters certain areas which allow Son to enter different areas as well.
“What I like most is not that they are two best players but close friends. There is no jealousy. “I play for you, you play for me, we both play for the team, we both play for Tottenham. ”
“So thanks to them, two big boys. “