Harry Kane’s stunning September continued as he added two more goals to his growing collection and handed Huddersfield their first hammering of the season.
After bidding farewell to his customary barren August, Kane has now scored 13 times in his last eight games for club and country, clinically finishing a counter-attack in the ninth minute then bending home left-footed with a cracker from 20 yards.
Ben Davies netted in between, a deft touch over Jonas Lossl to cap a silky passing move, and substitute Moussa Sissoko capped a bad day for the Terriers, making it 4-0 in injury-time.
Harry Kane. Who else? Tottenham’s superstar and a match-winner to rival any of the Premier League’s collected talent. Kane never once looked like missing when offered the chance to open the scoring on the break, and then created and finished his second with assertive brilliance.
The only real surprise was that he did not manage to grab his seventh hat-trick of the calendar year. When two goals feels like an opportunity missed, you know you have something special.
This is getting a little silly now. I make that 16 goals in @HKane‘s last 7 away games. That is mental arithmetic and actually mental.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 30, 2017
Kane’s Spurs predecessor, Gary Lineker, is in awe of the England striker’s productivity on the road.
Dele Alli is a wonderful, instinctive player but among his many laudable qualities is a tendency to hit the deck too easily, particularly inside the box. He was booked here for taking a tumble in the opposition area and it is not the first time. A caution for simulation against Fiorentina saw him banned for a Europa League knockout clash with Borussia Dortmund and he saw yellow for the same reason in a match against Manchester United.
He has also been accused of going to ground softly in games against Bayer Leverkusen, Swansea and during England’s Euro 2016 defeat by Iceland. It is a theme he needs to put to bed.
Huddersfield came into this match with a defensive record bettered only by the title-chasing Manchester sides, having conceded only three times in six matches.
That number had already doubled by the 24th minute, as Spurs finally sowed the seeds of doubt in a backline hitherto expertly marshalled by Christopher Schindler and Mathias Jorgensen.
Having kicked off with a goal difference of plus two, one half against Mauricio Pochettino’s men was enough to send them back into negative territory.
Jonas Lossl: 5 (out of 10)
Tommy Smith: 6
Mathias Jorgensen: 5
Christopher Schindler: 6
Chris Lowe: 5
Jonathan Hogg: 6
Aaron Mooy: 5
Elias Kachunga: 5
Tom Ince: 6
Rajiv van La Parra: 5
Laurent Depoitre: 6
Scott Malone (for Lowe): 5
Philip Billing (for Mooy): 6
Dean Whitehead (for Hogg): 6
Hugo Lloris: 6
Toby Alderweireld: 7
Davinson Sanchez: 7
Jan Vertonghen: 7
Kieran Trippier: 8
Ben Davies: 8
Eric Dier: 7
Harry Winks: 8
Christian Eriksen: 8
Dele Alli: 7
Harry Kane: 9
Moussa Sissoko (for Eriksen): 7
Kyle Walker-Peters (for Trippier): 6
Son Heung-min (for Kane): 5
Swansea v Huddersfield (Premier League, October 14)
Tottenham v Bournemouth (Premier League, October 14)
Harry Kane believes he is in the best form of his life after netting two more goals in Tottenham’s 4-0 victory at Huddersfield.
Kane took just nine minutes to open the scoring at the John Smith’s Stadium and Ben Davies added a second moments later.
England striker Kane then doubled his tally for the day midway through the first half as Spurs threatened to run riot.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were forced to wait until added time in the second half for their fourth, scored by Moussa Sissoko, but Kane again stole the headlines.
The 24-year-old has now scored 13 goals in eight games for club and country since the start of September – having once again failed to notch in the month of August.
Asked if he has ever felt more on top of his game, Kane told Sky Sports: “Probably not.
“If you look at the goals to games it’s probably the best month I’ve had, especially after August.
“It’s nice, I feel good, I feel confident, when these boys are up the pitch putting in good crosses and through balls and I’m just there to put them away.
“I’m delighted with the win, it’s been a great week for the team, and we’ve just got to continue that after the international break.”
13 – Harry Kane now has 13 goals for club & country in September 2017; his best ever goal tally in a single month of his career. Unstoppable pic.twitter.com/Bt0mrkDJjP
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 30, 2017
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed he wants to coach Spain in the future.
Former Spain midfielder Guardiola is in his second season with City after successful spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
The 46-year-old failed to win a trophy in his first year in England, but City have emerged as early pace setters in the Premier League title race this season.
While Guardiola has no plans to leave City any time soon, he admitted he is keen to test his skills at international level.
Asked whether he would like to take charge of a national team, Guardiola told BBC’s Football Focus: “Yes, Spain I think.
“I would like to be a manager in a World Cup, and the European Cup (European Championships), I would like to feel that.”
After a chastening first season at City, Guardiola spent big on new signings before the new campaign.
The early results are promising, but he knows he must deliver silverware soon to keep City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners happy.
“I am so happy to be here,” he added. “It really depends on the success we have.
“Big clubs like Manchester City, if you don’t win, you don’t stay.”