Spurs striker Harry Kane confident he can forge an effective partnership with Vincent Janssen
Harry Kane is confident he can be an effective No10 for Tottenham when required, and he believes he can form a profitable partnership with summer signing Vincent Janssen.
Mauricio Pochettino used the pair in tandem from the start in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday, with Janssen getting the nod up front on his home debut and Kane dropping into a supporting role behind him in Tottenham’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
While Janssen had chances – most notably when he missed a one on one in the second half – Kane continued to carry a threat himself, twice being denied by Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and also lashing a powerful effort just wide before directing a diving header narrowly past the upright.
Kane has generally led the line for Spurs in the last two seasons but is also comfortable as a No10. Indeed, some of his earliest appearances under Pochettino came in that role, playing behind Roberto Soldado or Emmanuel Adebayor.
“Exactly, and I played as a No10 throughout my time in the youth team and a lot growing up, so I’m used to that position,” said the striker. “It feels like a long time ago now but I’m happy to play that role and I think it worked well on Saturday.
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“I thought we played well together. He likes to hold it up and bring others into play. We created a lot of chances and on another day we both could have scored a couple of goals.
“If the manager wants us to play together throughout the season then we’re more than capable of doing that. We’ll create a lot of chances and score a lot of goals.
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“In some games you need [another striker]. Palace like to drop deep. Probably last season there were some games where you’re alone up there and it’s difficult to get on the ball and create chances.
“It’s great having two strikers on the pitch. You have that knowledge of getting in the box, finding spaces to trying to score goals.
“The more players that can contribute goals and assists, the better it is for the team. The gaffer will probably change it now and then throughout the season. We know we can play together and we have good options.”
After a number of near misses, Tottenham finally broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute against Palace, with Kane sending a towering header goalwards from a corner and summer signing Victor Wanyama redirecting it past Hennessey at close range.
“We played very well,” said Kane. “We created a lot of chances in the first and second half and were definitely deserved winners.
“After a while, when you have chance after chance and they’re not going in, you wonder if it’s going to be one of those days. It shows the character in the squad. We kept going and got that all-important goal at the end.
“We said before the game that we don’t want to fall too far behind the leaders already. There are some top teams in the Premier League this season and we’ve got to try and stay up at the top.
“Last season I don’t think we won for the first four games and we wanted to put that right. It was important to win at home and hopefully take that momentum into next week [at home against Liverpool].
“We’ve got a great team. The manager’s brought a couple of new signings in and we’ve got a great team bond.
“We went through a lot last year, both highs and lows, so we’ve got that experience together. The gaffer has created a family atmosphere, a brotherhood between the players. “Teams that buy a lot of players feel like they need to change something. The manager has felt we didn’t need to change too much. We’ve got a great core. Let the talk be about everyone else, like it was last season, and we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing.”
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