Now we’re in September, Harry Kane can start scoring goals again.
Every season, it feels like the England hotshot foists a self-imposed handicap onto his chase for the Premier League golden boot, and over the last two seasons, that hasn’t stopped him from meeting his goal.
This weekend, Kane was back on the scoresheet in the Premier League once again, getting himself off the mark and helping Tottenham to a 3-0 victory over Everton in an away trip which looked to be a tough one on paper, especially after a difficult start to the season.
But Kane’s performance seemed to underline the ruthless efficiency that the England striker brings to his side, and emphasise the fact that Spurs often need the players around him to step up their game.
Judging Kane by stats is always the wrong measure of the man. His main job is to score goals, not to pass or dribble, and in order to do that, movement is often the most important part. And there are no stats for that. But in this case, there’s a huge caveat to looking at even the goals for column: he only meant the second one.
Other than the goals on Saturday afternoon, though, Kane’s record of two dribbles (from four attempts) 35 touches and 21 passes (fewer attempted and succeeded than Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal), is fairly modest. Even his pass accuracy, at just 62%, was noticeably low.
Whatever the stats, though, Kane was deadly when given the chance. He usually is.
Kane may not have scored in August, and he may have needed a self-confessed cross to sneak in before managed to break his duck, but there’s no doubting his efficiency in front of goal. Spurs will be a different force now he’s scoring again.