Tottenham round-up: Pochettino reacts to win; Kane talks 100th goal; Manchester City target defender
Tottenham recorded their first win since the opening day of the season yesterday afternoon as a Harry Kane inspired performance proved too much for Everton to handle down at Goodison Park.
The England international’s double brought up his 100th goal in a Tottenham shirt in just 169 appearances – and also his first of the new season – whilst Christian Eriksen also found the net.
Reflecting on the match post-match, boss Mauricio Pochettino was pleased with his side: “I think it was a very solid performance. We played well, and fully deserved in the end the result and to take three points. We have ahead a very busy period and this was a very important victory for us.”
Whilst it was a much better team performance after defeat against Chelsea and a disappointing result against Burnley, it’s star-man Kane who will take the plaudits after reaching his big milestone.
The Tottenham striker’s half-shot half-cross looped over Jordan Pickford to give his side the lead before a much more typical strike, meeting Ben Davies’ cross at the front post and finishing neatly.
Talking to BBC Sport, the 23-year-old said: “I got a lucky one but sometimes you need that.
“It is fantastic. It has been a crazy few years and to get the 100th goal was amazing. Hopefully I can get a few more.”
Saturday afternoon’s result on Merseyside sees Tottenham rise up to fifth in the early Premier League table, now sitting three points behind join leaders Manchester United and Manchester City.
Away from yesterday’s victory, the speculation over Toby Alderweireld’s future continues to gain in stature by the day as The Sun now claim Manchester City are keeping a close eye on the centre-back.
The report alleges that the Spaniard is looking at Alderweireld as a potential long-term successor for captain Vincent Kompany, who missed the victory over Liverpool after suffering from a calf problem.
This comes in the same week that the Belgian international’s future in north London was seemingly been put in jeopardy, with Alderweireld still not securing a contract extension at Spurs.
His agent, Stijn Francis, spoke out earlier this week to Het Nieuwsblad and openly claimed that Alderweireld’s performances deserve a much better deal than his current £50,000-a-week contract.
After missing out on West Brom defender Jonny Evans on deadline day, City could now turn their attentions towards the Tottenham talisman – although it’s said he could set them back £60 million.