Tottenham: Kane confident of goals; striker bids to save career; defender wishes to emulate King
It has been a difficult start to the season for Tottenham striker Harry Kane. After romping to the Golden Boot last season with 25 goals in the Premier League, the England striker has followed up a disappointing European Championships by firing blanks in each of his first three Spurs games this season.
The 23-year-old claims he is not worried, though, and that the goals will start to flow very soon.
Kane told Sky Sports, “Unfortunately there was a lot of talk last year and I managed to prove a lot of people wrong, so people will talk this year as well. It’s part of football. It’s what they’re doing. I am confident in my ability. I know that if I continue doing what I am doing the goals will come, that is all I can do.”
The allusion to last season is an important factor when considering Kane’s current form. The striker is yet to score a Premier League goal in August during his young career, and last season it took him until September, and a scuffed volley against Manchester City to get his campaign going.
Considering his age and relative inexperience, Kane has shown to be one of the most consistent forwards in the Premier League. Admittedly, he appears to take a while to get going at the start of the season, but history suggests that by Christmas the Englishman will be scoring on a regular basis.
Tottenham fans will hope that Kane can get scoring sooner rather than later in order for the club to launch a title charge, but there should be no doubt that they have one of the best strikers in the Premier League at their disposal and his form will improve.
Another forward at White Hart Lane who is currently experiencing longer term struggles is Son Heung-Min, the Korean who joined from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.
When not injured in a difficult first season, Son was mainly utilised off the bench, and Olympic duty with South Korea has disrupted the beginning of his current campaign, in which he has yet to make a Spurs appearance.
In a bid to save his club career and force his way back into Mauricio Pochettino’s plans, Son has elected to pull out of South Korea’s squad to play Syria in order to focus on his club football. The Korean coach has given Son his blessing to skip the clash, and the attacking midfielder will return to London to force his way back into the team.
Son was the subject of heavy interest from the likes of Wolfsburg over the summer, but no move materialised. As a hard working, industrious player who can play anywhere across the front line, Son is of great use to Mauricio Pochettino if he is allowed to play. He has quality on the ball and is an excellent finisher too.
He could be very useful to Spurs over the coming season, if he can force his way back into the first team picture.
Finally, full-back Danny Rose has spoken of his desire to emulate Tottenham legend Ledley King and finish his career at White Hart Lane.
Rose joined Spurs nine years ago from Leeds United, where he never made an appearance, and has had numerous loan spells away from the club before finally nailing down a spot at left-back.
Still, although he can’t claim to be an exclusive one club man like King, who never left even left Tottenham on loan as a youngster, Rose has shown remarkable commitment to succeeding at White Hart Lane. If he reaches the end of his career at the club, his contribution will be greatly appreciated.
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