Kane wonder-strike sets Spurs on the way to victory
Striker puts in yet another eye-catching performance at the Lane - as fans mock pundits who labelled 23-year-old a 'one-season wonder'
05 March, 2017 — By Dan Carrier
In-form striker Harry Kane hit a double at the Lane this afternoon as Spurs beat Everton
SPURS 3, EVERTON 2
IT started somewhere in the bottom right-hand corner of the Park Lane end and, within a moment, the refrain was echoing down from all four sides of the ground.
“One-season wonder,” the Spurs fans sang, “you’re just a one-season wonder.”
The terrace wags were honouring Harry Kane’s latest goal in a Tottenham shirt, his second of the afternoon against Everton pushing him up to 19 league strikes this term.
Harry Kane opens the scoring for Spurs, beating the Everton goalkeeper from distance
And this remarkable 23-year-old – who is fighting for the Golden Boot, despite missing two months through injury – doesn’t just get the simple things right. Contrary to what critics have said, he’s not all about tap-ins.
His first, and Tottenham’s opener in this hard-fought home victory against Ronald Koeman’s talented side, was a peach. It created an audible collective gasp as it struck the back of the net – a reaction reminiscent of when Gareth Bale was turning it on.
The clock read 19 minutes, and Spurs had been testing their opponents for openings but had yet to truly make their mark. Kane received the ball a good 40 yards out and, with his back to the goal and plenty of opponents close by, there appeared to be no danger.
Kane celebrates getting on the scoresheet once again
But with Kane you can never rule out him creating something when it looks least likely.
He set off, shrugging his way into space, picking up some speed and then walloping a shot into the top corner of Everton keeper Joel Robles’ goal from distance.
His second of the afternoon on 55 was more of a team creation. High pressing by Mousa Dembele caused problems deep in the Everton half, Dele Alli was alive to the loose ball Dembele’s persistence had created and he laid it forward. Kane drove into space and rolled the ball home.
Kane rolls his second of the afternoon past Joel Robles as Spurs punished sloppy defensive play from the visitors
The finish prompted the One-Season Wonder song – and the homegrown hero reacted by nearly bagging a third, which would have made it a trio of hat-tricks on consecutive Sundays.
Everton hit back to bring it to 2-1 on 79 when Romelu Lukaku capitalised on a Jan Vertonghen slip to set up a tetchy last 10 minutes. But the buzzy Alli added a third in stoppage time before the Toffees replied again in the dying moments.
It always felt that Spurs had just too much in the locker for Everton to really worry them, with Kane being the most eye-catching of a very good team performance. He now has 14 home league goals this campaign – more than any Spurs player in the history of the Premier League.
Dele Alli guides the ball past Joel Robles for Spurs’ third goal
As manager Mauricio Pochettino said afterwards: “Kane is one of the best. He deserves praise and it is fantastic he is in our side.
“We can make history with this group. It is the start of good things for the future.’
And with the One-Season Wonder about to smash the 20-goal barrier for the third successive term, the thought of what Pochettino’s young charges can achieve together with Kane as a spearhead is a tantalising prospect for the terrace wags at White Hart Lane.
SPURS: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Kane (Janssen, 88), Wanyama, Dembele (Winks, 77), Alli, Eriksen (Sissoko, 85), Davies.
Subs: Vorm, Son, Janssen, Trippier, Sissoko, Wimmer, Winks.