Kane says Son’s brace should allay fears over Spurs’ striking options
Harry Kane believes Heung-Min Son’s brace in last night’s 3-1 Europa League victory over Qarabag FK should allay fears over Tottenham’s striking options.
Kane appeared to be the only specialist forward in Spurs’ squad when the transfer window closed, following the club’s failed move for West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino, and there has been much focus on the burden on the England striker’s shoulders.
However, new signing Son – who was deployed on the right side of midfield in his first appearance at Sunderland on Sunday - suggested he is also capable of leading the line and lightening the load, striking twice in three minutes in the first half on Thursday.
“I’m delighted for him, he played very well,” said Kane. “He ran in behind, he got two good finishes and he created a lot as well. We’re all delighted for him with it being his home debut, so hopefully there’s more to come.
“Obviously there’s been a lot of talk [about the striking options] but the manager’s happy with his squad, I think he’s come out and said that, so we’re happy.
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“Sonny did a great job up there and we’re delighted for him to get the two goals. We’ve got a great squad, a lot of players in a lot of positions so we’ve got no worries.”
After an early setback as Qarabag took a sixth-minute lead from a penalty, conceded by Tottenham debutant Kieran Trippier, Son struck in the 28th and 30th minutes – and Kane came off the bench to set up a final goal for Erik Lamela four minutes from time.
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“It was disappointing to go behind, we didn’t start too well,” said Kane “But I thought we played quite well, we showed character, got the two goals quite early on and then we just needed to finish the game off earlier I thought.
“But Coco [Lamela] came up with a great finish at the end to finish the game off, so we’re happy with the win and hopefully we can build on it.”
It took Spurs five games to win their first match of the campaign, but they have now secured two victories in a row against Sunderland Qarabag – and Kane believes the club’s form is better than some have been suggesting.
“We haven’t lost since the first game of the season so we’re doing all the right things,” he said. “Obviously we would have liked to have won a few more games but we’ve won our last two and hopefully we’ll continue that on Sunday [at home against Crystal Palace].
“Only losing one game this season, it’s not a bad run. We’d have liked to have won a couple of the games that we drew, but we’re unbeaten in five now.
“We’ve got to keep doing the right things, Palace is going to be a tough game but we’re ready, we’re full of confidence and we’re looking forward to it.
“Palace are playing well. We’re at home, we want to get off the mark straight away and take the game to them, but we know it’s going to be difficult so we’ve got to keep playing the way we are, keep playing well and creating chances and hopefully we’ll win.”
After this weekend’s London derby at the Lane, Spurs host arch-rivals Arsenal on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup before entertaining Manchester City in the league next Saturday.
“We’ve got a tough run but that’s what it’s like in the Premier League and in these cup competitions, so you have to deal with it,” said Kane.
“We’ve got a great squad. We’ve got a lot of young players, a lot of hungry players that want to be playing, so it’s great competition for places and nights like this [against Qarabag] will do everyone the world of good. Hopefully we can take that into the weekend.”
Kane is yet to score for Spurs this season after his 31-goal haul last campaign, but he insists he is unconcerned.
“No, not at all,” he said. “I came on in this game for 30 minutes, it was a good run-out, good for the fitness. I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing. “I’m playing well so I’ll keep getting in the right positions and the chances will come and I’ll take them.”
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