Friday 2 December 2016

Kane proves his worth as he chases new deal

Sam Dean

Published 21/11/2016 | 02:30

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

After a week in which more doubts have been raised about his future at White Hart Lane, Harry Kane provided two resounding answers to those who may have been tempted to question his commitment to the Tottenham cause.

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First, by scoring two goals in two minutes to swing this gripping London derby back into the home side's favour, and second by insisting he is happy at the club and wants to remain a Spurs player for a "long, long time".

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen (left) and West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate battle for the ball. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen (left) and West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate battle for the ball. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Kane is yet to agree a new long-term contract and is believed to be looking for a wage that would put last season's Golden Boot winner on par with the top strikers in Europe, but would break chairman Daniel Levy's wage structure.

The apparent impasse has reportedly put Manchester United and Real Madrid on alert, while his match-winning performance on Saturday will do nothing to dampen any interest from around the continent. But the 23-year-old allayed some of those fears by insisting he has no intention of leaving a club for which "the future is very bright".

"I'm happy at the club," Kane said. "A lot of people are going to speculate about contracts but I am happy - you saw me out there today. There's not many better feelings than being at White Hart Lane and scoring in a London derby.

"I want to be here for a long, long time. We are in talks and I'm sure we will get something sorted. I'm not panicking and I'm not demanding anything.

West Ham United's Havard Nordtveit in action. Photo: Reuters / Stefan Wermuth
West Ham United's Havard Nordtveit in action. Photo: Reuters / Stefan Wermuth

"We are having a conversation and I have no doubts that we will get it sorted. I am fully concentrated on playing for Tottenham and winning for Tottenham and I think there are no doubts after today that my mind is anywhere else."

Kane's record in London derbies now stands at a remarkable 18 goals in 22 games, but he was forced to wait for his opportunities as Mauricio Pochettino's side struggled for large parts against an organised West Ham.

The visitors were the better team for much of the game, taking the lead twice - first through Michail Antonio's sixth headed goal of the season and then courtesy of a Manuel Lanzini penalty - and had enough chances to have put the match to bed long before Kane's late double gave Tottenham their first victory in eight matches.

It was a considerable improvement from West Ham's drab showing in their last game, a 1-1 draw against Stoke, but that will be no consolation for manager Slaven Bilic, who will now have to pick up his side and prepare them for a devilish run of fixtures which includes travelling to Old Trafford twice (once in the EFL Cup), hosting Arsenal and then playing Liverpool at Anfield.

Tottenham's Victor Wanyama in action with West Ham United's Simone Zaza. Photo: Reuters / Stefan Wermuth
Tottenham's Victor Wanyama in action with West Ham United's Simone Zaza. Photo: Reuters / Stefan Wermuth

"We can take a lot of positives from this game and make no mistake, we will," Bilic said.

"But the three points were there for us."

Antonio's first-half header had been cancelled out by Tottenham's Harry Winks, who produced a performance full of imagination and brio on his first league start.

Another product of the Tottenham academy to be given a first-team opportunity by Pochettino, the 20-year-old celebrated his close-range finish by racing along the touchline and leaping into his manager's arms like a gleeful child reunited with his lost father.

"It was a game that was very emotional," Pochettino said. "It was a derby and important for us after the last month.

"For the players that victory was very important. It was emotional - the celebrations, how we celebrated the goal with Harry and how we celebrated the goal at the end."

Pochettino revealed that Winks had come into the manager's office to thank him and the other coaches for giving him the opportunity.

"We are seeing him and his potential as a first-team player," Pochettino said.

"He is young and will need time to mature and be ready to play. He was always involved in the first team training and we believed he was ready."

Tottenham remain the only unbeaten side in the Premier League, but they had not won since beating Manchester City at the start of last month.

Tomorrow night they face Monaco away in the Champions League, where they are in desperate need of three points.

"The victory can help us to believe again that we can win," Pochettino said.

"To keep that feeling will be very important to prepare for the game against Monaco." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

 

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