Harry Kane picked Tottenham Hotspur up by their bootstraps and dragged them to an important three points on Boxing Day as they came from behind to beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1.
Football FanCast has previously detailed the flaws that have been present in Kane’s game since Jose Mourinho’s appointment as manager.
However, on Thursday, he was the dynamic, inspiring presence that he has so often been in the past.
After a dismal first-half in which Graham Potter’s tidy and hard-working Seagulls were the better team by far, Spurs needed a spark and it was Kane who provided it.
Having worked hard for an opening, he smacked a shot against the palms of Mathew Ryan and it fortunately bounced back towards him. Instead of attempting to bring it down, Kane lashed it into the bottom corner on the volley.
It was a superb, almost casually brilliant finish that brought Spurs level and was in keeping with an excellent overall performance.
Per WhoScored, he had four shots on goal, registered one key pass, completed three dribbles, won two tackles and routinely dropped deep to give his side numbers when Brighton attempted to break.
The 6 foot 2 striker never stopped and without him, one feels Spurs may have been ruing two or even three dropped points.
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Kane deserves to have the captain’s armband permanently.
Hugo Lloris is technically the club’s captain but the England international, who is the Three Lions’ skipper, is the on-field leader for Spurs and is wearing the armband while the Frenchman is injured.
There simply isn’t anyone in the squad like Kane who can decide, at the click of his fingers, that he needs to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and turn it on its head.
One could argue that he is perhaps the only genuinely world-class player in the squad.
He proved that on Thursday, giving Spurs a vital three points as they continue to fight for qualification to next season’s Champions League.
A worthy reward in January would be to officially promote him to captain.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is repeating a mistake regularly made my Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs.