‘Special’ Kane hits double as Spurs crush Everton
Striker's latest goals take him past Teddy Sheringham's 97-goal Premier League tally for Spurs as Mauricio Pochettino's side cruise to victory over Toffees
13 January, 2018 — By Dan Carrier at Wembley
SPURS 4 (Son, 26, Kane 47, 59, Eriksen 80)
IT feels like a weekly occurrence that the headlines are about Harry Kane reaching another career milestone.
Today (Saturday) the forward hit two goals to take him past Teddy Sheringham’s 97-goal tally in the Premier League for Tottenham as his team demolished Everton 4-0.
They were his 19th and 20th of the season and, with 15 matches left to play, surely the next record in his sights is that of 31 in 38 games, held jointly by Alan Shearer, Christiano Ronaldo and Luis Saurez.
If opposing defences are as accommodating as Everton’s, the odds on Kane smashing it must be low.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino was quick to point out after the game that, while Kane grabs the eye as a goal machine, he is not the type of forward who simply gets on the end of things. He fights across the pitch for the right to play.
“His mentality is so important,” said Pochettino, who will soon run out of post-match press conference superlatives for his striker.
“He has scored a lot of goals, but it’s all about working for the team – and that is what makes him a special player.”
He said: “The way we played was very good. It gives us the belief and confidence. The positions in the table are so close, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all fighting. This is our challenge.”
And if Pochettino’s side can play as well as they did today, they will fear no one. They started brightly, enjoying the lion’s share of the ball and looking to move it quickly out to the flanks where Serge Aurier was finding plenty of space.
Everton boss Sam Allardyce had put former Spur Gylfi Sigurdsson on the left, and it appears the Icelandic midfielder is suffering from the same syndrome he had at Tottenham. He is at his best centrally but that was where you’d find Luka Modric when he was in Tottenham colours. At Everton, it’s Wayne Rooney in the hole. Sigurdsson is too much of a talent to leave out, so is shoe-horned into the side but out of position. And it was clear by the space Aurier was enjoying that it just does not play to Sigurdsson’s strengths. It meant it was no surprise when the opener came from the right on 26 minutes when his low cross was finished by Heung-Min Son.
Whatever instructions Allardyce gave his side at half-time were redundant two minutes after the restart. Son brought gasps of appreciation as he spun away, dashed forward and laid it for Kane to sweep home. The South Korean has forced his way from being a supersub into a nailed-on first team starter – and his confidence is plain to see. Every time he got the ball there was a buzz around Wembley.
Kane made it three on 60 minutes with a finish he glanced in from an Eric Dier cross– a messy goal, but the one that took him past Sheringham.
It was one-way traffic and the pick of a good bunch came on 80 minutes via Eriksen. A flowing move saw Dele Alli flick a reverse pass into Eriksen and the Dane thumped home. It brings Spurs up to 44 points in fifth.
Liverpool have one more in the goal difference column and an extra game to play – but it is against leaders Manchester City tomorrow.
Pochettino can, therefore, be confident his side will be in the top four come Sunday night.
SPURS: Lloris, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Son, Kane, Dier (Wanyama, 73), Dembele (Sissoko, 81), Alli, Eriksen (Lamela, 86) Aurier, Davies.
Subs not used: Vorm, Trippier, Llorente, Walker-Peters.
EVERTON: Pickford, Jagielka, Bolasie (Lennon, 56), Rooney, Tosun (Calvert-Lewin, 61), Martina, McCarthy (Schneiderlin, 71) Gueye, Sigurdsson, Holgate, Kenny.
Subs not used: Robles, Williams, Niasse, Lookman.
Attendance: 76,251 (Spurs playing home matches at Wembley)