It was an exciting match at White Hart Lane as Tottenham came from behind to beat West Ham in the dying minutes. A brace from Harry Kane cruelly denied the visitors, but it was an important for the home side as they are now in touch with the leading pack. Mauricio Pochettino is still trying to find his best team and there is a lot of work to do before they can challenge in the top four this season. That said, this three points will give them a lot of belief and provide the squad with something to build on in the coming weeks. Here are three things we learned from the late kick off on Saturday.
Harry Kane is crucial to Tottenham’s top four hopes
This may not be new information, but it was highlighted once again on Saturday. The striker started in a front two alongside Vincent Janssen and it was obvious that it didn’t suit either player. They were getting in each other’s way and neither managed to influence the match in the first half. Pochettino decided to withdraw Janssen after the second West Ham goal and that decision freed Kane to play as we know he can. He led the recovery and will be full of confidence after his two goals won the match for his side.
Although he didn’t give his best performance in a Tottenham shirt, he delivered when it mattered most and that emphasises the winning mentality possessed by the striker. His first goal was a case of being in the right place at the right time, something that Kane has made a habit of since breaking through as a first team player. The winner came from a penalty, once again emphasising his excellent mental strength, which will be put the test later in the season. It was clear in Kane’s absence that Tottenham missed him, but Saturday showed that the club’s top four hopes rest clearly at the door of their striker.