Harry Kane was nowhere to be seen on Sunday evening as Tottenham produced a sparkling display to beat Manchester City 1-0. Son Heung-min scored the only goal of the game in Nuno Espirito Santo’s first game. Son spoke after the match about Kane, as Tottenham beat Manchester City.
In a new-look Tottenham layout, Son was the attacking spearhead in the absence of Kane. Despite the England skipper back in training, he was missing from the bench – the only England player to have started the Euro 2020 final to be left out. Of course, City are the likeliest team to sign him.
Not even being spotted in the stadium, and no post on social media following the win, has left Tottenham fans even more frustrated. Asked about the situation, Spurs ace Son spoke about Kane. He reminded disgruntled fans that Kane is still hugely important, leaving the door open.
“We are all professional. We wanted to focus on this game no matter who is involved or not. Obviously Harry is so, so important for us. But let’s see. Last season we didn’t start well against Everton so we started well. I just want to enjoy this afterwards,” Son said, as per BBC Live (6.42, Aug 15).
Does Sunday prove Tottenham do not need Kane, amid Son display?
With Kane in the Tottenham side, Spurs would not have been able to play the way they did on Sunday. The pace of the counter attack was crucial in pinning City back. Steven Bergwijn, Son and Lucas Moura were all excellent – stopping City from pushing Spurs into their own final third.
Having Kane up top would have slowed down that counter. Now of course, Kane is a top striker. His goals and assists are irreplacable. But he does lack speed and in a side that play on the counter, Kane does not fit. Judging by Sunday, Spurs would be right to cash in – and bring in a quicker alternative.