Friday, August 23, 2019

Tottenham doing well without Harry Kane

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On Wednesday night, Tottenham produced a fantastic second-half display to see off Bundesliga leaders Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley in the Champions League last 16. The victory puts Spurs well in control for the second leg in three weeks’ time.

Tottenham have been in good form in recent weeks, despite the absence of star striker Harry Kane. The England striker is no doubt an influential figure. However, his absence has not been the crushing blow that many expected.

In great form without Kane

Tottenham have now won their last four games in all competitions, scoring at least two goals in three of those four victories. Their recent good form has seen the north London club consolidate their position in the Premier League’s top four.

Some even still consider the north London side as outsiders for the title, as they are just five points behind the top two Manchester City and Liverpool at the business end of the table. They look unlikely to catch the teams above them, but their good form has been a major positive.

If only Spurs had not suffered some poor early defeats, they would be fighting toe-to-toe with the league’s top-two for the title this season.

Son shining in Kane’s absence

South Korean international Heung-Min Son has been in sensational form for Tottenham in the last few months. Son opened the scoring against Dortmund on Wednesday night in the victory and was hugely effective once again for the team from north London.

Even with a trip to the Asia Games with his national side interrupting his campaign, Son has still managed to score 13 goals and produce six assists in his last 11 matches for Tottenham in all competitions.

The Korean star is in the form of his career and has been the perfect replacement for Harry Kane, even if he did miss a few games at the start of the England striker’s absence. Son’s form as a central striker may lead to Pochettino playing with two strikers more often, as he did against Dortmund with Lucas Moura occupying the other central striking role.

Even before Kane’s injury, Son was producing outstanding displays playing out wide. The switch to central striker has just put him closer to the goal. It has proven a move that has only increased Son’s goal output.

Son looks to be fulfilling his potential at Tottenham. He has turned occasion brilliant performances into consistently good form. There are few players in the Spurs team who have enjoyed better campaigns so far than the 26-year-old.

Tottenham in good shape

Star striker Harry Kane has returned to training and is expected back in March. Tottenham have done well without the striker, even if any team would miss a player of his outstanding quality.

The team from north London are in good shape, flying high in the Premier League and have one foot in the last eight of the Champions League. Spurs odds of winning the Champions League have now shortened to 16/1.

They look like longshots to lift the trophy. However, considering that they struggled to qualify for the knockout stages, making the quarter-finals would be a good result for Tottenham. The Tottenham players deserve credit for how they have not only coped without Kane but also England midfielder Dele Alli, who has also been sidelined for a similar period to his international teammate.

Many teams would struggle for results without two of their best attacking players. However, in their absence, other players have stepped up their game. When Kane and Alli are fit, they will no doubt return straight into the Spurs starting line-up.

Their teammates have ensured that they return to a team thriving. The return of the injured pair will only aid their chances of finishing the season in a strong manner.

Has Tottenham’s form without Harry Kane been a major surprise?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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