Since January 1st 2015, Tottenham‘s Harry Kane has scored a remarkable 21 goals in 24 London derbies (in all competitions) – that’s a strike rate of 0.875 goals per appearance.
The Englishman kicked off this phenomenal record in January two seasons back, with two goals for the Lilywhites in a 5-3 victory over then-league leaders Chelsea.
Fast forward 28 months, and the 23-year-old has added a further 19 goals in 23 appearances against his side’s various local rivals, with his latest coming against current league leaders, you guessed it, Chelsea.
Had you not experienced the last two years of English top flight football, perhaps you’d think nothing had changed in this time – you couldn’t be more incorrect.
Kane has since progressed to become one of the Premier League’s most effective goal scoring centre-forwards, while his side have become an attacking force under Mauricio Pochettino, currently sitting second in the league.
Meanwhile, across London, Chelsea have undergone three managerial changes (Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Antonio Conte) won the Premier League, finished 10th, and now sit a top of the standings once again.
On Saturday at Wembley, in the FA Cup semi-final, Kane added yet another successful London derby strike to his ever-growing tally, as he pulled his side level, at 1-0 down, with a technically impeccable header.
Tottenham would go on to lose the match, falling to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Antonio Conte’s table toppers. Nonetheless, this youthful Spurs side, spearheaded by Harry Kane, will bounce back and learn from their recent adversity.
With the Premier League trophy still to play for, the 23-year-old will be needing to add to his current league league tally – of 20 goals – if the Lilywhites are to stand any chance of closing the four-point gap held by their weekend opponents.[interaction id=”58f36fabcb4fa6890817a8eb”]
Tottenham should elevate reported interest in Leicester City protege Demari Gray
The 21-year-old could become a superstar if nurtured properly.
Tottenham Hotspur were reportedly interested in the possibility of signing Leicester City‘s attacking protege Demari Gray a few months back, according to reports from ESPN. And after a fruitless period in the search for attacking reinforcements, Mauricio Pochettino should revive his interest in sorting a deal.
Gray contributed four goals and three assists in 30 Premier League appearances last term, and is currently the captain of the England U21 squad. But he is likely to evaluate his future with the Foxes this summer, due to his lack of regular game-time. And Tottenham seems a great fit for the winger.
Spurs have pursued multiple attacking targets since the window commenced, without gathering any real traction on any of their targets, and it seems Pochettino – for once – is more concerned with making a marquee signing, than bringing in a player with the scope to develop and grow into a top player at White Hart Lane.
Talks for Anthony Martial, Christian Pulisic and Ivan Perisic have all stalled in recent times, and a move for the Leicester City man could be just the ticket for Spurs. He brings all the attributes they’re currently looking for; blistering pace, exceptional balance, end product, a cool head and notably the ability to hit an absolute cracker if awarded space.
If he reaches his peak under the guidance of Pochettino, which is more likely than not given his immense talent, the player could double in market-value and could become a key player for the Lilywhites for years to come.
Tottenham’s interest in Croatia trio justified after sensational team performance against Argentina
Tottenham fans will have heard a few familiar names last night.
Croatia heaped further misery on Argentina’s already shaky World Cup opening last night, dismantling them 3-0, and taking the top spot of Group D in the process. And Tottenham fans will have been particularly interested in the clash.
Not only was former fan-favourite Luka Modric in his usual scintillating form, but a trio of closely linked players were deployed on the night, and all three put in exceptional performances.
Ivan Perisic put in a typically tireless display last night, alternating between all three-front roles at times, while showing maturity in his decision making and genuine quality in his end product after marauding runs down both flanks.
Pochettino will have taken notice, as his side were reportedly interested in bringing the 29-year-old to north London last month, according to FC Inter News.
On top of that, the Spurs-linked midfield duo also performed brilliantly when called upon. Marcelo Brozovic (TuttoMercatoWeb) – also of Inter Milan – showed his ability to steady the ship in defensive midfield, in what was a frantic game at times, sparking counter attacks with his vision and cultured weight of pass, whilst keeping the shackles on Lionel Messi.
And Mateo Kovacic (AS), rounded off a dogged team performance with a few moments brilliance. Upon arriving into the game in the closing stages, he used his exceptional dribbling and balance to trouble a weary Argentina back-line, before showing an extremely cool head to pick out Rakitic under-pressure in the box for his outfit’s third goal.
All three put in performances worthy of top level clubs, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Pochettino elevate his interest in all three after last night.
Tottenham could transform midfield with Tanguy Ndombele Harry Winks partnership
The two could seriously change the way football is played at Tottenham.
Tottenham‘s interest in Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, as reported by Sky Sports, may be closer to fruition, as the Ligue 1 club are said to have launched a move for a direct replacement, in Jean-Eudus Adoulou, according to reports from Le 10 Sport.
Ahoulou, like Mousa Dembele, is a defensive midfielder who possesses great energy and tackling skill and his arrival at Lyon from Strasbourg would surely free up Ndombele. And the Frenchman’s arrival at north London could signify a change of style at White Hart Lane.
Harry Winks is undoubtedly destined for a big future with the Lilywhites, as his current attributes aren’t possessed by any other deep-lying midfielder at the club.
His dynamism and agility add creativity to a rigid screen – usually consisting of Dembele and Victor Wanyama, or Eric Dier – designed primarily to look after the rear-guard. And he is the catalyst for crafting attacks from deep when playing.
Dembele is coming to the latter years of his career and has admitted to struggling with the physical demands of the Premier League (the Telegraph), meaning Winks’ importance will only increase as time goes on.
Add to that the addition of Ndombele, and at the ages of 22 and 21, respectively, the two could usher in a dynamic, ball carrying midfield unseen under the tutelage of Pochettino for the foreseeable future.