THESE days a team is not really a Premier League side until Harry Kane has shattered their defence. So this was an initiation of sorts for Huddersfield Town, who became the latest victims of a striker whose goals are fuelling Tottenham’s trophy ambitions and his own quest to break records.
David Wagner’s team had only conceded three goals in their first six top-flight matches since promotion but Tottenham fired that many past them in the first 23 minutes here, with Kane, inevitably, leading the onslaught.
He scored the visitors’ first and third goals, and was instrumental in creating the second for Ben Davies. The left-back helped the visitors add a fourth in stoppage time by setting up Moussa Sissoko.
He now has 84 goals from 123 Premier League appearances and his strike rate is accelerating: factor in his midweek hat-trick in the Champions League against Apoel Nicosia and he hit 13 goals in all competitions in September, the most productive month of the 24-year-old’s career to date.
He received unwitting help from Huddersfield’s left-back, Chris Löwe, whose mistake on halfway turned a banal clearing header by Kieran Trippier into the perfect through ball for Kane.
The striker did the rest, cantering forward and into the penalty area before finishing as matter-of-factly as a librarian slotting a book into the correct space on a shelf.
Löwe was unfortunate to play a role in Spurs’ second, too. That came seven minutes later after cutting interplay down the left between Dele Alli and Kane, who flicked a pass through to Christian Eriksen at the edge of the area.
Löwe poked the ball off the Dane’s foot but when it ran across to the other side of the box, Davies arrived to lift it over the advancing keeper with a delicate finish.
With Spurs seemingly intent on punishing every error, Jonas Lössl must have feared the worst when he miskicked an attempted clearance and thus gifted the ball to Kane.
But the goalkeeper recovered sufficiently to rob the ball back before the striker was able to get off a shot.
That relief was only temporary, however. In the 23rd minute Kane struck again, brilliantly rolling past two opponents before curling a precise left-foot shot into the net from 20 yards. “He’s just a one-season wonder,” chanted the away fans with gleeful sarcasm.
Spurs were a class above anyone Huddersfield had encountered so far this season. This was the fourth away match in a row in which Mauricio Pochettino’s men have struck at least three goals and they could have increased the tally before half-time: Alli struck the post after a smooth move down the right.
Huddersfield tightened up in the second period, determined not to permit a tonking.
Spurs did not over-exert themselves after that, knowing the game was long since up for Huddersfield.
But Sissoko scored in stoppage time, anyway, bundling the ball into the net after a charge down the left by Davies. — Guardian
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