Harry Kane had only managed to score five Premier League goals before Tottenham Hotspur arrived in the east of Manchester for their daunting tie against defending champions Manchester City. The return for Kane at the end of February, in a season where he hasn’t been injured, wasn’t as meagre as it was unfathomable but you know what they say about form being temporary whilst class is permanent.
Indeed, you can’t keep the world’s best down. Two priceless goals to help Spurs pull off an unlikely win: a stark reminder that Kane is still very much one of the most prolific in his position anywhere around the globe.
It was such a dominant display from the England captain that Spurs’ odds on a top-four finish dropped in the most recent Premier League football betting online. The feeling is that there is more to come from Spurs now that Kane is back amongst the goals, and this is reflected in the fact that the club is now priced at odds of 5/2 to finish in the top four. Of course, the latest football betting tips do suggest that Manchester United are the outright favorites to pip Spurs to fourth, but a free-scoring Kane during the closing stages of the season will undoubtedly hand the north London club the advantage.
WOW!!!! What a game this has been!! ??
Just moments after Manchester City equalised from the penalty spot, Harry Kane blows the title race WIDE OPEN again with his second of the evening!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 19, 2022
After all, the impact Kane can have in games was there for everyone to see against City as the 28-year-old clinically took his chances to hand Spurs an invaluable three points in the race for the coveted Champions League positions. In what seems like the blink of an eye, the English marksman can turn a game on its head with precision finishing which goes a long way in making up for his team’s performance on the day.
In Spurs’ case, they have struggled in weeks gone by after losing three in a row and looked to be heading for more disappointment against Pep Guardiola’s men only for Kane to dramatically intervene. This could be a determining factor in the race for the top four as you would have to say that, on team performances alone, Spurs perhaps aren’t at the required level to accumulate the needed points to qualify for the Champions League. That could, of course, change if they have a match-winner leading the line who has once again found his best form.
…and here’s why Manchester City had four formal approaches and two official bids turned down for Harry Kane last summer. Last one: €150m plus add ons. ‘Untouchable’ for Spurs. ???????? #THFC
His relationship with Antonio Conte is something else. More than special. What a game. pic.twitter.com/NHEAQIoK9R
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 19, 2022
Another point to take into consideration following Kane’s Etihad brace is that there he would have received a psychological boost after putting on such a match-winning display in front of the manager that tried to sign him in the summer. Indeed, the 28-year-old has battled to come to terms with the fact that he wasn’t allowed to leave Spurs for Manchester City in the summer and his performances have indicated as much.
However, now that he has returned to his best in a fixture that would have had greater added meaning for him, you do feel that the pressure is now off and that the world may see a version of Harry Kane that they haven’t seen since the summer Euros. Champions League qualification for Spurs is very much back on.