Three talking points as Tottenham ran out comfortable winners against Huddersfield Town
Harry Kane continued his fine goal-scoring record in September as a first-half blitz blew newly-promoted Huddersfield Town away and earnt Tottenham a fourth straight away win on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts started the brightest when Tommy Smith forced Hugo Lloris into a smart save but it took just nine minutes for Kane to find the mark, scoring his 12th goal of the month with a fine low finish.
That merely opened the floodgates, with Ben Davies finishing off a fine team move in the 16th minute before Kane added a superb third with a bending effort from the edge of the penalty area.
The second-half lacked the intensity of the first as Tottenham took their foot of the gas but Moussa Sissoko added extra gloss to the score-line with his first Premier League goal in 13 months of action.
The result saw Mauricio Pochettino’s men move third in the Premier League table – at least until other sides kicked-off – whilst Huddersfield stayed in 10th after their second defeat of the campaign.
Ben Davies impresses as Tottenham set away record
It doesn’t seem that long ago that Welsh international Ben Davies was being slated from all angles following his performance in Tottenham’s disheartening defeat against Liverpool back in February.
On that occasion he was ran absolutely ragged by the rampant figure of Sadio Mane, providing no sense of protection at all at the back, and questions were raised over his ability as a Premier League defender.
However, since Danny Rose’s long-term absence manager Maurico Pochettino has worked wonders with the 24-year-old’s confidence, and he’s really laid down a marker at left-wing back since the season began.
In his five Premier League appearances prior to Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield Davies had already found the back of the net once and created 13 chances for his side – including an assist – an amount only second to Christian Eriksen, showing just how effective he has become when in the opposition territory.
He continued this fine run of form against the Terriers too, confidently taking up space in the Huddersfield half and looking to find space to attack on the left touchline, and he deservedly score a second of the season with a neat finish over Jonas Lossl to finish off a fine team move from Spurs.
Davies’ performance played a leading role in securing a fourth consecutive away win of the season for Tottenham, countering their inconsistent form at Wembley with a 100% record out of the capital.
Huddersfield can take heart despite defeat
Whilst the eventual 4-0 score-line might suggest that Huddersfield Town were subjected to a Tottenham siege all afternoon, the newly-promoted side can look back with their heads held high.
It was their first match against one of the so-called Premier League ‘big boys’ following their promotion last season and David Wagner had clearly told his side to take the game to Spurs early on, and it was a tactic that almost worked as the Terriers started the match firmly on the front foot.
While you could say that it was this gung-ho style of play that left too many gaps open at the back, with Harry Kane having all the space in the world to exploit as both of Huddersfield’s full-backs pushed on, it showed that Huddersfield won’t be scared to express themselves against the top sides.
Even after going three goals down they didn’t waver, with Laurent Depoitre particularly impressing and causing the Spurs back-three some problems, and he was unlucky to strike the bar with a powerful drive.
Nobody expected them to stop an in-form Tottenham but they showed more signs of belonging at the highest level, and once Steve Mounie returns from the side-lines the results will start to come again.
King Kane reigns supreme once again
Are there any more superlatives left to describe this man?
13 goals in 30 days, seven goals in seven days, 13 goals in five away games – whichever way you want to look at it, Harry Kane is in the process of making a very big statement about his world-class credentials.
The Tottenham striker’s unstoppable form in September merely went from strength to strength on Saturday as, after scoring twice at West Ham and earning a Champions League hat-trick away at APOEL Nicosia, he put two past Huddersfield to top off his most prolific month as a top-flight player.
The 24-year-old has now found the back of the net 13 times for club and country since the end of August – equalling the best ever return of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronald0 – and all of the talk of his ‘worrying’ and ‘concerning’ goal-drought is now just a blur in the distance.
Whilst his first effort was a relatively easy front post finish, gifted to him by Chris Lowe, his second was a sublime effort, drifting along the 18-yard line before curling a sumptuous shot into the corner.
The talk of Kane being able to win a Ballon d’Or has certainly ramped up in recent weeks and, considering that he’s scored more away goals than anybody in Europe since the start of the calendar year (15), he’s certainly starting to make waves and put his name in the same light as some of Europe’s elite strikers.