Tottenham: Striker one of world's best; fans clash; Winks on 'unbelievable' moment

Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Harry Kane as one of the world’s best strikers, as Spurs pulled off a remarkable comeback to see off West Ham 3-2 at White Hart Lane. Kane finished Hueng Min Son’s low cross to equalise in the last minute for normal time and then covered a stoppage time penalty to seal all three points. The England striker missed two months of first team football with an ankle problem, and his return to action is most welcome for Pochettino. Yesterday’s win over the Hammers was Tottenham’s first win in eight games in all competitions and they scored two goals from open play. Speaking after the game, Pochettino said:

“Harry Kane is always very important, he is our main striker.

“You miss that type of player when he does not play for 10 or 11 games.

“He is one of the best strikers in the world.”

 

Spurs remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season, the only side in the top flight who can still boast of such as record. Pochettino’s side had the most draws of any side last season, and this problem has persisted this term. They have struggled to break down deep-lying defences, but performed very well against fellow title-challengers Manchester City and Arsenal. The return of Kane gives them additional fire power, and Pochettino paired him with summer signing Vincent Janssen at top end of their new 3-4-1-2 system. Kane has carried the burden for Spurs over the last two seasons, and being part of a front two might save his legs a touch and keep him fresh for the rest of the season.

Elsewhere, reports in the Sunday Mirror show Spurs and West Ham fans clashing outside White Hart Lane before yesterday’s game. This fixture is always subject to a strong police presence, with bad blood existing between the two sets of supporters for decades. West Ham’s home games have been marred by crowd trouble, and the return fixture against Tottenham later in the season will be heavily scrutinised. Tottenham’s new ground might have better logistics for keeping home and away fans separated; all fans tend to filter back onto the High Road currently which doesn’t make crowd control particularly easy.

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Finally, Spurs youngster Harry Winks has described the ‘unbelievable’ moment he scored his first Tottenham goal to make it 1-1 yesterday. The 20-year-old midfielder was arguably Spurs’ best player on the day, and clearly has the trust of Pochettino. Winks has played in the Europa League and EFL Cup, but yesterday was his first Premier League start. Speaking after the game Winks, a boyhood Tottenham fan, said:

“That is one moment in my life I can never repeat.

“I can’t explain it, being a Spurs fan as well, scoring the equaliser against West Ham, it was brilliant.

“I could have kept running. I had a burst of energy and saw my family at the top (of the stand) as well and pointed to them. It was unbelievable.”

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