It was a night to remember for Harry Kane and Tottenham Hotspur as the forward’s match-winning strike against Manchester City on Sunday saw him make two pieces of history as he became the sole all-time record goalscorer for his club, as well as scoring his 200th goal in the Premier League.
After equalling the late, great Jimmy Greaves’ Tottenham Hotspur goal record at Fulham a few weeks ago, it was only a matter of time before Kane took the record for his own. Kane is the brightest thing to have emerged from this part of London over the past decade and his legendary status at Spurs has just gotten bigger.
Not only did the striker notch the club record-breaking goal that moved him ahead of Greaves on 267 for the north London club, he also registered his 200th goal in the Premier League, joining Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney as only the third player to score two centuries in the top-flight.
It was a classic Spurs goal under Antonio Conte. As the visitors tried to play their way out of trouble at the back, a sea of white swarmed around them which led to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg picking the pocket of Rico Lewis. The Danish midfielder then drove forward and despite being unbalanced due to City defenders trying to tackle him, he slipped the ball perfectly into the path of Kane to score the goal that will go down in club folklore.
Joao Cancelo departure is only surprising if you don’t know Guardiola
Kane has further bolstered his legacy as both a club and Premier League legend with his latest strike. For the past nine years he has been one of the best centre-forwards in the world and it has been inevitable for quite some time that he would join the legendary figures of Shearer and Rooney, two of the greatest players the league has ever known, on reaching 200 goals. Kane has eclipsed one great English striker in Greaves, now his attention turns to chasing down Shearer’s Premier League record. Given just how prolific Kane has been in this division for so many years, it will only be a matter of time until we see him surpass the Geordie icon.
@TheSpursWatch | #TOTMCI
The 29-year-old always puts his body on the line for Spurs and often reaps the rewards for his colossal efforts with a goal to his name. The beauty of Kane’s play is that he offers so much more than just being in the right place at the right time to take chances. In recent years he has showcased his creative brilliance and we have seen him make some exquisite passes that not even some of the best midfielders to have graced the game could pull off.
His historic goal was also the difference as Antonio Conte’s side defeated Pep Guardiola’s men 1-0 to avenge their 4-2 defeat against the Cityzens in the reverse fixture last month. Despite losing to them just a few weeks ago, Spurs have been a thorn in the side of Guardiola over the past 18 months. Tottenham have won three out of their last four league meetings with City and once again they delivered a strong performance to outfox the astute Spanish coach.
City started the game really strongly but they were soon undone by the relentless pressing and battling from the hosts to earn a well-earned three points to move them one point away from Newcastle United in fourth.
Kane will rightly get the plaudits for his goal but it was a magnificent team performance from Tottenham. A lot of praise has to be given to Hojbjerg for his alertness in the build-up to the goal, but also to divisive right-back Emerson Royal who arguably turned in his best performance in a white shirt. The Brazilian full-back’s task for the evening was to deal with the tricky Jack Grealish and he more than stood up to the challenge as the England winger couldn’t have the impact he or his team would have wanted.
Grealish was able to pull in Cristian Romero for a foul late on which saw the Argentine receive his marching orders for a second bookable offence, making the closing stages of the game very nervy for the home crowd. Spurs were able to get the job done and fully merited the victory, a triumph that will boost their confidence as they aim to qualify for the Champions League next season.