Tottenham 5 Swansea 0: The one-club man is rare in football these days, but Harry Kane gave every indication that he intends to see out his career at Tottenham this week, not just by signing a long-term contract but by the way he spoke about his future.
Kane did his talking on and off the field this week as he outlined exactly why he believes the future is bright at White Hart Lane, despite a stuttering start to the season from himself and Tottenham.
The England forward, who was the Premier League’s top scorer last season, is just getting into his stride after two months out with an ankle injury and his customary slow start in terms of goals.
In the same period, Spurs drifted out of the top four and the betting as title contenders after a run of indifferent results while Kane was missing, winning only one in ten before this weekend’s victory, and crashing out of the Champions League.
But it is not all doom and gloom at White Hart Lane, where construction is moving apace, both on and off the pitch.
The new 60,000 seater stadium that should enable Tottenham to compete financially with the big boys is taking shape dramatically, and at the same time Mauricio Pochettino is laying down the foundations for a side that could challenge for honours over the next decade.
Half a dozen of the young stars in his side have agreed new extended contracts, but the biggest one of them all, in terms of size and importance, was signed by Kane last week.
The striker is undeniably one of English football’s hottest properties, courted by richer clubs than Tottenham, but it spoke volumes about his belief in the future at Spurs that he signed a new long-term deal.
After scoring twice as Tottenham swatted hapless Swansea aside, Kane explained why he is committing himself to the club: “I want to win trophies, the Premier Leagues, the Champions League,” he said.
“We’ve got to aim high. The new stadium is being built and you can see every time we come here, little by little, it’s exciting, so we’ve got everything in place to be one of the top teams in Europe, that’s the aim, that’s my goal and I’m sure that’s the club’s goal as well.”
And could he see himself spending his whole career at one club, as the likes of Trevor Brooking and more recently John Terry have done?
“As long as the club’s always progressing and always got a vision and always moving forward, then I’d love to do that. At the moment that’s the case, so there’s no reason for me to move anywhere else.”
Goals are what he is all about, and after his first on Saturday, from the penalty spot, he scored again early in the second half to kill off the dying Swans.
“He’s one of our own,” sang the Spurs fans, and Kane loves life at the Lane.
“I’m always happy here,” he said. “I feel like the club’s progressing in big ways, we’ve got a great manager who I believe in a lot and the players believe in a lot. The stadium, the training ground, it’s an exciting time, so no there was no hesitation in signing a new contract.”
“I feel good. Having that break gave me a chance to rest a few muscles so now I’m getting back to match fitness. Today I felt sharp so hopefully I can continue that over these busy months coming up and keep scoring and keep winning games.”
Spurs are in the same position now as they were a year ago, when they went on a run that took them into the top three for the rest of the season. Kane is hoping for more of the same.
“These next couple of months are very important, Last year in December and January we really pushed on and put a good string of results together, and that’s what we’ve got to do now. We’ve got winnable games coming up, so we’re looking at these next two months to get a few wins in a row and hopefully push us up the league.”
And after Wednesday’s final Champions League game with CSKA Moscow, which will determine if they pick up in the Europa League next Spring, Spurs can concentrate on domestic football.
“Obviously, we can’t use European football as an excuse because you’ve got to win those games. Now we can be fresher and train harder during the week, with a bit more time to do more tactical stuff, so we’ve got to try and use that to our advantage and keep getting wins like today.”
Swansea are rock bottom, but still held out for half an hour until Dele Alli went down with minimal – if any – contact from former Spur Kyle Naughton. Kane converted the penalty, and Heung Min Son added a spectacular second in stoppage time.
Kane’s second made it 3-0 before Christian Eriksen’s double made the scoreline a true reflection on Tottenham’s total domination.
“We need to be better, and I was disappointed with our reaction after the goals,” said Bob Bradley, Swansea’s American coach.
He described the penalty as a “wrong decision” but did not go far as calling Alli a diver, and Pochettino gave him the benefit of the doubt too, pointing out that his young midfielder is getting back to his best in tandem with Kane.
“It was tough for Harry and Dele because of injuries. But now I think that we are recovering the feeling. Today was a fantastic game. I’m very happy with the performance because we look like Tottenham again.”
Lloris 7, Walker 8, Dier 7, Vertonghen 8, Rose 7; Wanyama 7, Dembele 8 (Winks 82); Eriksen 8, Alli 8, Son 6 (Sissoko 70); Kane 8 (Onomah 87)
Fabianski 7; Naughton 6, Van der Hoorn 5, Amat 5, Taylor 4; Fer 5, Cork 6 Fulton 4 (Llorente 46); Barrow 4 (Routledge 70), Sigurdsson 6, Montero 4 (Baston 63).
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