Harry Kane scored twice in the first half to end up with an astonishing 13 goals in September as Tottenham put four past Huddersfield.
Harry Kane rounded off a fantastic month for Tottenham, and for himself personally, scoring twice in a 0-4 away win at Huddersfield in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off. The 24-year old took his tally to 13 in September, which includes 7 goals in his last three games alone.
It was Kane who opened the scoring in the 9th, making the most of Lowe’s failure to cut-off a Tottenham clearance to finish tidily at Lossl’s near post. Ben Davies soon doubled Spurs’ lead in the 16th, stealing the ball after another mistake by Lowe before beating Lossl.
Huddersfield 0-4 Spurs FT:
Pass accuracy: 74%-80%
Chances created: 2-9
Convincing away win. pic.twitter.com/JaT91dRRKC
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But it was the third goal that was really the highlight of the match, coming in the 23rd minute. Kane received the ball from a throw-in from the right, and turned smoothly to execute an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box with his left, straight into the top right corner.
It was a breathtaking strike that underlined both Spurs’ superiority in the contest, and the brilliance of Kane. The seeming effortlessness of it showing how far he’s progressed in recent seasons.
Tottenham looked to be running away with the score from the looks of proceedings in the first half. But the hosts did admirably well to hold fast, even coming very close to punishing Pochettino’s side for some lapses.
Huddersfield did almost score in the opening minutes through Smith’s low strike at goal, putting Lloris to work early. And they almost nicked one back three minutes from the break as Depoitre struck the crossbar from distance.
Tottenham took their foot of the gas in the second half, being content to control proceedings rather than push further. But substitute Sissoko managed to grab a scrappy stoppage-time goal to make it 0-4 – and another fine outing for Pochettino.
Consistent Kane making a name for himself
Harry Kane didn’t stay on till the end of the match against Huddersfield. And understandably so. With heavyweight fixtures lined up in October – including a crucial Champions League face-off with Real Madrid, and a Premier League clash with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, Pochettino will need his star striker in prime form.
However Kane’s remarkable consistency over the past three seasons will have Pochettino dreaming big. He has now delivered a fantastic haul of 25 or more goals three years straight. And with Spurs’ grueling, intense style of play under Pochettino.
His return of 13 goals this past month equals the best efforts of both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. That in itself should quell the long-running debate over whether he has reached truly world class levels. But the improvement in his all-round abilities is also nothing to scoff at.
13 – This equals the highest tallies in a single month by both Lionel Messi (13 in March 2012) & Cristiano Ronaldo (13 in Oct 2010). Peers. https://t.co/CJmXkdNoHk
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Kane’s range of strikes has improved noticeably over seasons. And at the moment he may well be the most complete striker in England.
He has the guile to play the poacher as he did for his first goal against Huddersfield. And the temperament to finish clinically as he did, slotting the ball past Lossl at the near post. He’s shown plenty of times that he’s an accomplished scorer with his head. And as with his second goal at the John Smith’s stadium, he certainly has the flair for the spectacular.
Tottenham and Poch most definitely have a gem on hand, and one that’s well near polished to perfection. The question is, will they manage to keep ahold of him in the years ahead.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on another great performance by his side:
“We deserved the victory, we were better. Until today Huddersfield only conceded three goals, and we scored four. We dominated the game and that is why I am so happy with everyone.
“We played Champions League in Cyprus, arrived back home late and then to show the energy and performance is fantastic for us.”
On Harry Kane’s irrepressible form this season:
“Kane is in an amazing moment. He is scoring goals, his energy is fantastic. The way he works without the ball. I wish he keeps going at the same level and for the team to win games.”
Spurs have now won 7 consecutive away games across all competitions.
Rampant on the road. pic.twitter.com/vKKcxmMPfT
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Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner on a virtually inevitable defeat against the high-flying Spurs:
“It felt a little like it was over shortly after it started. We wanted to be brave and attack them. We had some dangerous moments, but the goals we gave away were too easy.
“We made too many easy mistakes before the goal. The second goal was high quality, but we did clear the ball although to one of their players [Davies] before he scored.
“We have to give credit to Tottenham. They deserved to win this game. It was a difference in class between them and us.”