The calendar will soon strike December, which can mean only one thing for star Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane: the goals are coming.
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On Saturday, with Tottenham 2-1 behind West Ham United at White Hart Lane — Spurs’ unbeaten start to the 2016-17 Premier League season fading quickly — it was Kane, who only heats up as the temperatures begin to fall, who netted twice in three minutes to secure a comeback victory which could serve as the season’s rallying point following four straight draws in the PL.
As expected, Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with the goals Kane scored, proclaiming, “He’s back,” in a post-game interview, but also his contributions in multiple facets of the game, something Pochettino says Spurs missed dearly with Kane out for five league games with an ankle injury — quotes from Hertfordshire Mercury and the Guardian:
“In my opinion he is one of the best strikers in the world and when you play without your main striker for ten or 11 games, it’s tough, he’s really important for us. It was fantastic to see Harry Kane score again.”
“We were better than West Ham. One team deserved to win the game and it was Tottenham, no doubt. But we can do better.”
Kane, last three seasons, from August to November 15: 10 goals scored
Kane, last two seasons, from November 15 to May: 41 goals scored
The introduction of Son Heung-min after 72 minutes changed the game for Spurs as much as anything, with the South Korean setting up Kane’s equalizer and winning the penalty kick that turned out to be the winner. With Kane back on the field and amongst the goals, and Spurs still possessing the PL’s best defensive record (8 goals conceded in 12 games), another title challenge looks on the cards for the easily excitable Pochettino.