Sep 10, 2017
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Analysing Harry Kane’s two-goal performance for Tottenham against Everton

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Harry Kane scored his first Premier League goals of the season as Tottenham overcame Everton in a dominant display. It was billed as a tight contest between two sides that would be competing in the top seven, but this match showed how far ahead Spurs are. Ronald Koeman is overseeing an exciting period at Goodison Park, but his team are not the finished article. Their failure to add a quality centre-forward to replace Romelu Lukaku could hurt them. The visitors’ number ten showed them the value of having a quality goal-scorer on the pitch.

The narrative that Kane can’t score in August will rumble on for another year at least, but he showed on Saturday that he is set for another excellent season. Although he has admitted that his first goal was somewhat fortunate, his lack of luck during the first three matches meant that he deserved it to go his way on Saturday. It was an over hit cross, but it gave him the breakthrough that he needed. After the opening goal, confidence returned to his game.

Goals have been like buses throughout Kane’s short career and he added to his tally with a smart finish in the second half. This was more typical of the England international and suggested that he could be set to find his stride during the coming weeks. The striker has now scored 101 goals for Spurs and that is a remarkable achievement given he is only 24. His potential is scary.

The overall performance was encouraging as he caused problems with his movement and regularly created space for the other attacking players in the team. Christian Eriksen is excellent at taking up positions that are opened up by Kane. The fluidity and understanding of the front three make Tottenham a constant threat. Everton couldn’t live with them on Saturday and other teams will have taken notice of the excellent attacking performance of the visitors.

Although Kane scored twice, it wasn’t all positive for the England international. His link-up play wasn’t as effective as it usually is. He completed only 62% of his passes and showed worrying signs when it came to his decision-making. It is difficult to deliver the perfect performance, but this is a part of his game that he needs to address.

Tottenham showed that they are going to be fighting at the top of the division for the third successive season. There are no signs of them slowing down under Mauricio Pochettino and the form of Kane is crucial to their success. It isn’t just his goals, but his attitude and ability to bring others into the game. There are few better strikers in the Premier League and there certainly aren’t any more reliable goal-scorers. This performance should kick-start the 24-year-old’s campaign.

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Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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