Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has praised Harry Kane for his display in Monday night’s Premier League win over Everton, in conversation with Football London.
Tottenham, who went into the game on the back of a dismal 3-1 loss at Sheffield United, hosted the resurgent Toffees, who had won their last two and held Liverpool to a draw in their three matches post-restart.
Spurs took the lead in the 24th minute, with Michael Keane deflecting Giovani Lo Celso’s shot past Jordan Pickford, and retained that advantage come half time.
Arguably the main talking point of the game took place at the break, when Hugo Lloris ran towards Son Heung-min and exchanged some stern words with his teammate after the latter failed to track an Everton run.
The duo appeared fine with each other in the second half as Tottenham hung on to their lead against a toothless Everton side, the three points edging Spurs up to eighth in the table.
Despite winning, Spurs looked off the boil, with Kane was largely feeding on scraps and seeing little of the ball, even though the winner stemmed from his blocked shot.
Football London’s Alasdair Gold noted how the 26-year-old had more touches in his penalty area than in the opposition area, meaning it in a good way as a signal of desire.
“He does what he does always and that’s to play for the team,” replied Mourinho. “And sometimes to play for the team is to finish attacking situations, other times to play for the team is to do what we did today.
“We knew in the second half the spaces would appear more for Sonny and Lucas than him. They were losing and Carlo likes Coleman and Digne to go forward. We knew spaces would appear in these positions.
“Harry dropped and maybe people don’t know but he is so good technically and holding the ball that sometimes he can play well when he drops back and he doesn’t play really as a target striker.
“He did it for the team and it’s very, very important that a team doesn’t have this selfish situation of ‘I have to do a certain kind of things’. You have to do what the team needs to do and I’m happy.”
Another Spurs game, another performance laden with question marks from fans and pundits, but whilst Kane did not get on the scoresheet, he still did his bit for the team and put a solid shift in.
The 6ft 2in ace’s abilities up front are well known but, as Mourinho notes, he has so much more to his game, and is willing to do what he must for the good of the team.
While the overall display from Tottenham was lacklustre, it’s another three points in the bag, and up next is Bournemouth away, a tricky clash against a side battling for their top-flight lives.