Analysing Harry Kane's role for Spurs against Sunderland in their 1-0 victory

Harry Kane scored the winner against Sunderland but was worryingly stretchered off during the second half, as Spurs held on to win 1-0 and spiral into third place.

His contribution had been the break-through on a day when Spurs had over 30 shots on the Jordan Pickford goal, seemingly attacking non-stop on an ever-retreating Black Cats defence.

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The 23-year-old contributed three shots on the Sunderland goal. The first of which was well saved by Pickford, after Kane had been found by man-of-the-match Son. Kane was much more central in this game, as opposed to drifting out wide, and it showed. The Englishman was close to meeting Moussa Sissoko’s drive early on, and his goal itself was down to him lingering in the box.

After starting slowly this season, the striker now has two in two and is beginning to get in the hunt for goals again. His positioning for his goal showed that he was counting on a mistake and was in the right position to snap it up, as a hungry striker would.

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Interestingly, Kane looks to have improved his link-up play this season. Against Sunderland, he created five chances and had a pass completion rate of 88%. Last season against Stoke for example, in an excellent 0-4 win, Kane had a pass completion of 60% and only created the one chance. It seems as well as the goals, the Englishman is looking to create more free-flowing football.

This is backed up further when analysing the 4-1 home win over Sunderland last season, in which Kane had a pass completion rate of 78%. This season has seen a much higher rate in passing and creating chances for his team-mates, perhaps down to the manager’s desire to play free-flowing football or Kane’s increasing desire to be involved after a slow start.

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The number 10 was composed when finishing his opportunity when it came to him. This was the second tap-in that Kane had taken in two games, again suggesting that he is putting himself in the right positions to get on the end of attacks.

He was replaced due to an angle injury not long after his goal, after over-committing in a tackle. While the tackle was slightly unnecessary, it did once again demonstrate the hunger and desire of the Spurs team in closing down and harassing opponents. It might have been a slow start for Kane, but it is starting to speed up, as long as his injury doesn’t keep him out too long.

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