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Thursday 8 December 2016

How Harry Kane fared on his derby-day return

Published 06/11/2016 | 14:21

There were celebrations for Harry Kane on his Tottenham return
There were celebrations for Harry Kane on his Tottenham return

Harry Kane marked his return from injury with a goal to earn Tottenham a 1-1 draw in the north London derby against Arsenal.

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Kane has now scored five goals in as many games against the Gunners and his 72 minutes at the Emirates Stadium also puts him in contention for the England squad, which is announced later on Sunday.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a closer look at the 23-year-old's performance.

FITNESS

Kane may have recovered from his ankle ligament injury but match sharpness is a different matter altogether and the forward looked slightly off the pace here. He was unable to collect passes that he might have typically have reached and his usual acceleration was lacking. In the first half, Kane tried to beat Shkodran Mustafi out wide but the defender was quicker and snuffed out the chance. Kane was replaced by Vincent Janssen in the second half.

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Kane was far from his dynamic best, particularly early on when he showed the sort of loose touches you might expect from a player without a minute of competitive action in seven weeks. He grew into the game, however, and showed more creativity in the second half, driving forward from one counter-attack and winning a free-kick in a dangerous position.

FINISHING

Kane cannot be accused of not finding the right positions. In the first half he met Christian Eriksen's cross but glanced the header just wide of the far post and at 1-1, he almost put Spurs ahead only to be denied by Nacho Monreal's last-ditch tackle. In the key moment, however, Kane kept his composure, slotting his penalty past Petr Cech for his third goal of the season.

OVERALL

This was certainly not Kane at his best but he will regain sharpness with matches and his presence alone appeared to lift his team-mates and the Tottenham fans. He went off to a standing ovation from the visiting supporters, having earned his side a valuable point.

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