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Tottenham eases pressure on Mourinho amid Kane’s return.


Tottenham needed a win in style to try and resurrect their Premier League campaign, to at least give themselves a chance of battling for top four instead of battling Arsenal for top ten.

From Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Every football fan likes to believe their club is truly unique – that theirs is the most special among the seven hundred trillion teams that exist on this planet.

A quote had been doing the rounds among Tottenham fans recently from the great Danny Blanchflower, who insisted that football is about playing with style.

Harry Kane scored on his return from injury | Pool/Getty Images

Obviously, it’s being pushed as anti-Mourinho rhetoric. But, again, there are few teams who have ever had philosophies of playing boring football.


But the first line of the pre-match video that blared out on the big screens at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (who are they doing this for again?) has perhaps best summed up Spurs’ recent woes.

“Can you see it, this display of courage?”

Tottenham haven’t played with courage in weeks. They’ve been totally devoid of confidence, ideas, and above all, winning. That should’ve been the first aim.

Thankfully, that was the case in Sunday’s 2-0 victory against West Brom. From the off, Spurs played with a zip and purpose, a swagger in their step and a visible desire to win.


As Tottenham started stuffing the losses column in the table in recent weeks thanks to a series of diabolical displays, all fans wanted was some hope that this wasn’t the ‘new normal’.

That wasn’t so hard was it, mate? | Julian Finney/Getty Images

Though the majority of Jose Mourinho’s tenure has been blighted by bad football, it hasn’t always been the case.


In the autumn, Spurs put five past Southampton, six past Manchester United and three past West Ham while dominating from back to front.

But then they conceded three goals to the Hammers in the last ten minutes. Then Mourinho shut up shop for good. It was the last time Spurs looked exciting in the Premier League until today.

A defeat at home to West Brom may have spelled the end for Mourinho at Spurs – there was a real doomsday feeling after the loss vs Chelsea on Thursday – and failure to put away one of the worst sides in the league would have been the ultimate nail in the coffin.


Tottenham needed a win in style to try and resurrect their Premier League campaign, to at least give themselves a chance of battling for top four instead of battling Arsenal for top ten.

Spurs actually tried playing football on Sunday | Pool/Getty Images

The returning Harry Kane looked sharp and dangerous, Son Heung-min found his shooting boots again, and the decision to start Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela helped Spurs find their way around a typically deep Sam Allardyce side. There’s a map for Tottenham to navigate their way out of this crisis and they’ve started following it just before fatal disaster.

Granted, it is only West Brom, but you have to start somewhere and can only beat what’s in front of you – Wednesday’s FA Cup tie with Everton will serve as the greater litmus test for their hopes this season.

Spurs have had a game like this in their locker for a long time. Every team does – it’s football, no club side loses forever. You have good games and you have bad games, but Tottenham quite obviously have the resources to play well and win on a far more consistent basis – this victory served as the reminder.


It’s not that every team has a divine right to win and play football. It’s that any team can.

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Tottenham’s lack of creativity triggers Brighton defeat – Report


Despite this, they managed to keep Spurs at arm’s length throughout.

Tottenham recent poor run of Premier League form continued on Sunday night, as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat away at relegation threatened Brighton.

Since ‘kickstarting their title bid’ with a fine 2-0 victory over Manchester City back in November, Spurs have won just three of their subsequent 11 league games.

Throughout this period, a common theme has been a frightening lack of creativity and nowhere was this more evident than against the Seagulls this weekend.


Going into the game, Brighton were perched perilously close to the drop zone.

The sooner Kane returns, the better | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

After going ahead 17 minutes in, as a result of fine team move involving Alexis Mac Allister, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard, Graeme Potter’s charges retreated into a well organised 5-4-1 out of possession.

In doing this, they were essentially challenging the opponents to break them down, a task that was well beyond Tottenham’s capabilities on Sunday. Spurs registered just one shot in the entire first half – a scrappy effort pulled wide by Steven Bergwijn – despite dominating possession. It was turgid stuff.

Things were not much better after the break either. Although the second half saw Spurs rack up seven attempts on goal – the exact same as their 17th placed opponents – they never looked like converting.


Robert Sanchez, Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk, Ben White.

Brighton were good value for their victory but Spurs barely laid a glove on them | Pool/Getty Images

Saying that, when they are chasing a lead, Tottenham are often tragic to watch.


This trend continued against Brighton as they lacked coherence, consistency and any discernible plan or patterns of play. If Spurs had prepared in training for the unthinkable possibility of going behind in a game of football, it did not look like it.

Mourinho’s selection did not help their case either. The team was packed full of players lacking quality on the ball.

Lined up to 3-4-3, wing-backs Moussa Sissoko and Ben Davies contributed next to nothing in the attacking phase, while Matt Doherty watched on from the sidelines.


Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, for all of his destructive brilliance, was also ill-suited to the task at hand. What Spurs needed was someone capable of picking the Brighton lock.

Up front, Gareth Bale was given a run out despite his recent patchy form. It was another nothing display from the forward who is increasingly looking like a signing fuelled by doe-eyed nostalgia, rather than fiscal or footballing sense.

Tottenham slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Brighton | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

That brings us to the third reason for Tottenham’s creative dirge – the absence of Harry Kane.

Just as Leicester’s reliance on another mercurial English striker was exposed earlier on Sunday, the devastating impact that Kane’s absence could have on Spurs over the next few weeks was laid bare against Brighton.


Much has been written about Kane’s development into one of country’s best creators this season, but perhaps the best endorsement of his ridiculous influence came in the form on his side’s stodgy display without him.

The England captain has been directly involved in 68% of Tottenham’s Premier League goals this season, more than any other player in the division, and it is becoming increasingly clear that his personal brilliance may have been papering over cracks in Spurs’ flawed approach earlier on in the season.



Son, Kane and Ndombele joins hands to devour Manchester United


Tottenham came from behind in remarkable fashion to inflict an embarrassing home defeat on a shambolic Manchester United, who played an hour of the game with 10 men.

Son scores his firts of the match after Ndombele’s equalizer and Captain Kane picks it up from there netting a brace

Son ended up as the man of the match following his Mysterious Goal and assist in Old Trafford.


Shocking: Kane to dump SPURS because of Mourinho.

Arsenal legend, Paul Merson, has urged Harry Kane to leave Tottenham.

Merson feels Kane will not become the Premier League’s greatest goalscorer or win trophies under manager Jose Mourinho.

The England has netted 181 goals in 278 appearances for Spurs and 32 for the Three Lions.

However, Merson has claimed that Kane will not flourish under Mourinho’s style of football.

“If Harry Kane wants to win stuff, he may have to leave Tottenham,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Will Kane get six or seven chances a game playing the way Jose Mourinho does? I don’t think so. For me that’s what he needs to weigh up.

“He loves scoring goals, he wants to play for an attacking team, but I don’t see that happening next season, if Mourinho makes it tight and starts playing the way that made him one of the best managers of all time, and I think that’s what Kane is weighing up.”


Tottenham Hotspur lose to Minor, out of FA cup.

Tottenham Hotspur crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of the Premier League’s bottom side Norwich City, after Tim Kurl produced yet another heroic display between the sticks in a penalty shoot-out.

The defeat means that Spurs’ 12-year wait for a trophy, last lifting the League Cup in 2008, will continue for yet another season.

With Harry Kane and Son Heung-min absent, the onus fell on Dele Alli to provide the goods against the Canaries. Yet, since both strikers have been sidelined the England international’s performances have been woeful and this was once again the case against Norwich.

In his past five matches across the Premier League and Champions League Dele Alli has received an average match rating of 6.38, not once scoring higher than seven, and against Norwich City that was no different, ending the game with, 6.13, as per WhoScored.

The most disappointing aspect of his performance to Jose Mourinho will likely have been Alli being dispossessed on five occasions, along with making five unsuccessful touches, as per WhoScored.

No other player on the pitch conceded the ball to the opposition as many times without playing a pass. As Spurs’ lead creator, it is Alli’s responsibility to ensure his side retain possession and he failed with regard to that duty against Norwich.

Further disappointment came via the fact the 26-year-old Englishman who started the match for Tottenham and did not make a single contribution defensively, failing to provide a tackle, interception, clearance or blocked shot, as per WhoScored.

Alli consistently let his teammates suffer the responsibility of defending, failing to press the opposition, while also committed two fouls, in a weak display.

Dele Alli

In possession Alli, valued at £81m (Transfermarkt), was not at his usual levels either, with no outfield player having a lower pass accuracy than his 74.2 per cent from 31 passes, as per WhoScored. Even Gedson Fernandes was able to complete more passes, 38, than the Englishman, despite being introduced as a substitute after 53 minutes.

Alli appears to have suffered from the loss of both Kane and Son; he is crumbling under the weight of responsibility and continually underperforming of late. Having missed out on the last England squad, and with the European Championships this summer, the timing could not be worse and Jose Mourinho is likely to be prioritising the revitalisation of Tottenham’s tricky playmaker.


Update: Mourinho gives medical results on Harry kane

Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho has provided an update on the injury suffered by striker Harry Kane during their 1-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year Day.

The England international is set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up the injury.

It has been confirmed that he will miss at least the FA Cup third round tie against Middlesbrough at the weekend.

Tottenham face Liverpool in their next league game on Saturday evening.

“I don’t know yet. Maybe later today we have news, but if you ask me my feeling good news or bad news, I am more on bad news than good news,” Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference when asked about the player’s condition.

Harry Kane

“Kane leaving a match the way he did it, he didn’t think twice, it took him two seconds to realise the severity of his situation.”

It has since been confirmed by the club that Kane has suffered a tear in his left hamstring.