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Analysing Harry Kane’s incredible goal-scoring performance for Tottenham against Leicester City

Jake Jackman



Tottenham may have little to play for, but they delivered a first-class performance at the King Power Stadium to convincingly beat Leicester City. The match finished 6-1 to the visitors, but it could have been more on another day. It was one of the most complete team performances of the season and they will be entering the summer with lots of momentum as they continue to push forward as a club. The only talking point ahead of this match was the possibility of Harry Kane winning the golden boot and he has now moved above Romelu Lukaku after a superb display of finishing.

The England international was on 22 goals before the match kicked off on Thursday and he wasn’t given much of a chance as he chased down the Everton striker. However, he delivered an incredible performance and scored four goals during the game against the Foxes. It was clear that he was thinking about the golden boot, as he attempted ten shots at against the Foxes. He was selfish at times, but it is difficult to complain about that as he found the net on four occasions.

His fourth goal was the pick of the bunch as he collected the ball on the edge of the area and lashed home past Kasper Schmeichel. It was an expert finish and underlined the finishing ability that he possesses. All of his goals showed his impressive movement and it was clear from the first whistle that he was up for the game against Leicester City. He worked hard in attack and ran the channels for his team, but whenever there was a sniff of a chance, he would make sure he was in the right position. The first goal reflected that as he busted his gut to get into the area and offer an option to Son Heung-min who had managed to get in behind the back four.

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In addition to his four goals, Kane was credited with the assist for Son’s second goal, as he had passed the ball to him in the build-up. Although the striker will admit that the South Korean’s goal was a result of excellent individual skill rather than the pass. He wasn’t as involved in possession as he normally is and opted to play a more advanced role in the search for goals. That said, he did impact the game when he was given the ball in the final third as he completed two key passes during the match.

Kane was direct this evening and willing to run at defenders with the ball. It is a side to his game that we haven’t seen a lot of in recent weeks, but he can be extremely effective, as displayed by his four successful dribbles on Thursday night. He was in the right mood tonight and took no mercy on the Leicester defence. That is the mentality that English players have lacked in recent times, but the 23-year-old is a different breed and beginning to establish himself as one of the best strikers in Europe.

Going into the last day, Kane leads Lukaku by two goals in the race for the golden boot and it hard to see him being displaced with only one match left to play. There is a greater chance of the England international adding to his tally of 26 Premier League goals. It is early days in his career, but there is a growing possibility that Kane could potentially break Alan Shearer’s record and become the league’s all-time leading goalscorer. If he continues to be as ruthless as he was at the KP Stadium, that will become more and more likely as the years tick by.

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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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Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen could be one of Premier League’s greatest ever bargains

Christian Eriksen is getting better by the season and cost Spurs just £11.5 million.



This week has seen Arsenal legend Martin Keown singing the praises of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen. Speaking on BBC One’s Match of the Day (18th March) Keown stated:

“This player was always technically proficient, but he’s getting better all the time. It’s top level ability. He can pick a pass whenever he wants to. He just has everything.

“I enjoy watching him play. He wants to work, that’s part of the team ethic. He’s becoming the brains of the team.”

His comments came after Eriksen starred in the weekend win v Swansea City. The Dane scored twice as Tottenham booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final courtesy of a 3-0 triumph.

during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at Wembley Stadium on December 9, 2017 in London, England.

Keown then commented on the price Spurs paid for Eriksen back in 2013:

“I think they paid £12.5 million for him, that’s an absolute snip.”

Spurs snapped up Eriksen from Ajax, for a fee actually reported by Sky Sports to be in the region of £11.5 million.

Looking back now it is clear to see just how much of a bargain Spurs managed to bring in. Eriksen was approaching the end of his Ajax contract at the time, which did not help the Dutch side’s bargaining power.

Comparing Eriksen to his current contemporaries in the game it is clear to see just how incredible a deal this was for Spurs.

Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in January. The Brazilian cost a fee reported by Sky Sports to be £146 million. Tottenham fans will rightly believe that Eriksen is at least as good as the Barca newbie. In fact, many will suggest Eriksen is the superior operator.

Another barometer to consider in this case is that of Tottenham’s summer signing Davinson Sanchez. The Colombian, like Eriksen, was signed from Ajax but four years on and with circumstances different cost much more.

Sanchez cost a club record £42 million, according to the Guardian. That is a difference of over £30 million which highlights just how impressive the fee paid for Eriksen is. In the world of £200 million transfer fees looking back at the deal for Eriksen nearly five years ago will please Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Tottenham will obviously hope they never have to sell the Dane. But if they did, the fee involved could easily amount to £100m-plus.

Which would certainly not be a bad return on the investment from Tottenham Hotspur’s point of view.

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Sessegnon or Bale? Past or future? Spurs must make right move this summer



Tottenham Hotspur appear to be emerging as the frontrunners in the race to sign Fulham talent Ryan Sessegnon this summer.

The Times reported in January that Tottenham had made a £25 million bid the summer previously, but that Fulham value the teenager at around £50 million.

On top of that, Spurs are also being linked with a sensational move to bring Gareth Bale back to North London. Spanish source Diario Gol has reported that Bale is ready to leave Real Madrid this summer – and has decided a return to Spurs is his wish. Bale of course left Spurs for Madrid in what the Telegraph reported was a then world record £86 million fee.

during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Burton Albion at Craven Cottage on January 20, 2018 in London, England.

It poses a big question for Spurs’s chairman Daniel Levy and manager Mauricio Pochettino. Do they start a new future, or go back to the past?

Sessegnon has been consistently compared to Bale in playing style. Much of that is down to his left-back origin. A lot of it is also down to his obvious precocious talent.

Tottenham will no doubt not be able to afford both players this summer. So what do they do?

The arrival of Bale would be a dream comeback. However, the Welshman turns 29 in June and has suffered with consistent injury problems over the past few years.

EIBAR, SPAIN – MARCH 10: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between SD Eibar and Real Madrid at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on March 10, 2018 in Eibar, Spain . (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Sessegnon on the other hand is at the start of his career. The 17-year-old has already played nearly 70 professional games and scored 21 goals, many of those from left-back.

He would cost less than Bale and in the long-run would be a more stable investment. If Bale’s injury problems continued Tottenham could end up paying a larger sum for a player who cannot be relied upon.

Tottenham Hotspur should continue to look to the future in the case of Sessegnon or Bale. Bring in the Fulham star and hopefully reap the rewards.

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Moroyin Omolabi released by Tottenham Hotspur one year after praise

The Nigerian defender briefly spent time on trial at Reading this year.



Nearly one year ago Tottenham Hotspur prospect Moroyin Omolabi was winning praise for his performances in the club’s youth teams.

After a win against Norwich City for the under-18s the Nigerian midfielder was given high praise by his manager John McDermott.

It came after he seamlessly dropped into a centre-back role for the game. Speaking to the official Tottenham Hotspur website after the game McDermott stated:

“Moroyin Omolabi, playing at centre-half, stood out against their front players who were very good.

“There were a lot of positives today and I was very proud of the way we played.”

It seemed that the 18-year-old might, therefore, be a player to keep tabs on for the Spurs first-team one day.

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But despite impressing back in April of last year, it seems Omolabi has not progressed quite like Tottenham would have hoped.

In the most recent list of player registrations released by the FA the versatile teenager has been confirmed as released by Tottenham.

The 18-year-old left Spurs by mutual consent on the 27th February.

The teenager was a part of the UEFA Youth League squad for Spurs, but did not feature in a single game.

He played seven times in the Under-18 Premier League this campaign, scoring against West Ham back in October.

But after dropping out of contention at Spurs, the Nigerian spent time on trial at Reading – featuring in three games for the Berkshire club.

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His final game for Tottenham appears to have been the 2-1 defeat against Fulham in October.

His failure to launch at Spurs just highlights the strength in depth Tottenham have in their youth ranks.

The teenager will now face a hunt for a new team in the summer, with his Tottenham days behind him.

It will be interesting to see if Reading follows up their interest in the player but  Omolabi will now be on the hunt for a new team.

Hopefully, his education at Tottenham Hotspur will see him in good stead in his hunt for a professional career elsewhere.

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