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Son, Kane and Ndombele joins hands to devour Manchester United

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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.


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Final Score: Man Utd 1-6 Tottenham

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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.

2020/2021 Premier League
1-6
Bruno Fernandes (2′ PEN)
Martial (28′)
Ndombele (4′)
Son (7′)
Kane (30′)
Son (37′)
Aurier (51′)
Kane (79′ PEN)

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Match Events
2′ Penalty Goal! Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham (Bruno Fernandes)

4′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-1 Tottenham (Ndombele)

7′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham (Son)

28′ Red Card! Martial sent off

30′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-3 Tottenham (Kane)

37′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-4 Tottenham (Son)

51′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-5 Tottenham (Aurier)

63′ Yellow Card! Bailly booked

69′ Alli replaced by Ndombele

79′ Penalty Goal! Man Utd 1-6 Tottenham (Kane)

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Line-ups
Man Utd XI: Matic, De Gea, Pogba, Maguire, Shaw, Martial, Bruno Fernandes, Bailly, Rashford, Wan-Bissaka, Greenwood

Subs: Mata, Lindelof, Fred, Lingard, Dean Henderson, Van de Beek, McTominay

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Aurier, Kane, Hojbjerg, Dier, Sanchez, Ndombele, Reguilon

Subs: Hart, Alderweireld, Lucas, Doherty, Ben Davies, Alli, Winks


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Final score: Southampton 2-5 Tottenham

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SON HEUNG-MIN has given Tottenham a crucial win by banging in FOUR goals to see off Southampton.

Danny Ings gave the Saints the lead, but Son responded with a brilliant display as Harry Kane assisted every one of his goals.

And the England captain finally got on the scoresheet himself for the fifth, before Danny Ings grabbed a consolation with a controversial penalty.

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Match Events
0′ KICK-OFF! Who can win this match?

3′ OFFSIDE! Kane’s goal disallowed

10′ What a save from Lloris

15′ Handball early, Ings’ goal disallowed

27′ Lucas offside, Kane’s goal disallowed

32′ GOAL! Southampton 1-0 Tottenham (Ings)

44′ Yellow Card! Bertrand booked

47′ GOAL! Southampton 1-1 Tottenham (Son)

47′ GOAL! Southampton 1-2 Tottenham (Son)

64′ GOAL! Southampton 1-3 Tottenham (Son)

73′ GOAL! Southampton 1-4 Tottenham (Son)

82′ GOAL! Southampton 1-5 Tottenham (Kane)

90′ Penalty Goal! Southampton 2-5 Tottenham (Ings)

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Line-ups
Southampton XI: Bertrand, McCarthy, Romeu, Armstrong, Ings, Stephens, Ward-Prowse, Bednarek, Adams, Walker-Peters, Djenepo

Subs: Shane Long, F. Forster, Vestergaard, Vokins, W. Smallbone, Obafemi, N. Tella

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Son, Lucas, Kane, Doherty, Hojbjerg, Ben Davies, Dier, Winks, Sanchez, Ndombele

Subs: Hart, Sissoko, Alderweireld, Lamela, Aurier, Bergwijn, Lo Celso


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Just in: bale arrives in Tottenham

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The Welsh forward was welcomed back to London like a superstar. Around 100 fans were waiting for him in Enfield. His loan deal was not made official yesterday.


Gareth Bale returned to north London as a superstar on Friday, the Welsh forward was given a warm welcome by both the local media and the fans. Bale’s return was top news story across all of the national sports media, with the BBC and Sky giving a minute-by-minute account of his arrival in the capital.

But by mid-afternoon, the mood was a little more subdued. There was still no official announcement from Spurs (regarding Bale or Reguilón), and no photographs of either player posing in the Tottenham shirt. But nor was there any hint that the deal might have fallen through – it was just that Tottenham preferred to wait until today to confirm the news and draw a bigger audience.

Bale and Reguilón arrived at a private terminal in Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport at around 9:00 hours yesterday. They flew together on a small, private jet, and were picked up on arrival by Tottenham officials and driven directly to the club’s training complex in Enfield. Tottenham president Daniel Levy and manager José Mourinho were seen arriving moments earlier.

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When Bale arrived in London, the loan deal had been agreed but not signed. Tottenham were keen to conduct medical tests of their own – on top of the ones which the player completed in Madrid, given his history of injuries. During those tests, a minor problem with Bale’s knee was detected – an injury which he ad picked up while on international duty with Wales and for which he had been receiving treatment. That will delay his debut, which would not have come in tomorrow’s meeting with Southampton because for that to happen, he would have needed to have been registered with the FA by midday on Friday.

Terms of Bale’s loan move to Spurs
Spurs did confirm to local media that it is a one-year loan deal without the possibility of an automatic extension. As for the financial details of the operation, there are two versions coming out of England – one says that Tottenham will be responsible for paying 40% of Bale’s wages, the other claims that the club will pay half of Bale’s gross 30 million euro salary, but that figure could rise to 22 million if the player reaches a series of performance-related objectives.

Bale is still a big draw in the United Kingdom. As was evident yesterday. Around 100 fans were waiting for his arrival in Enfield. When Bale’s car was spotted, the fans started chanting: “Spurs, Wales and golf, in that order!”, and “Bale, born to play for Spurs!” He was the talking point in all of the sports debates in the country’s top television programmes. Bale is smiling once again…


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Shocking: Tottenham completes the signing of Bale and Regulion

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The signings of Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon could see Tottenham’s formation change as Jose Mourinho completes one of the biggest tactical shifts of his long and illustrious managerial career.


Bale’s return would be a major coup for Spurs and reignite enthusiasm from supporters but the onus would be on Mourinho to make best use of his undoubted ability. The acquisition of Bale’s young Real Madrid team-mate could prove to be a key factor in achieving that.

It will surely bring a change of formation, one hinted at since Mourinho arrived.

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Right from the start of his Spurs reign, Mourinho’s idea was to deploy Ben Davies as a defensive left-back sweeping to cover the centre-backs with Serge Aurier free to race forward and provide the width on the right. Building with a back three was his vision.

The subsequent injury to Davies – sustained in his first game in charge – became a theme of press conferences, as well as the subsequent documentary series on Spurs’ season. The loss of Harry Kane cost Spurs points, but it was the injury to Davies that jeopardised his plans.

So wedded was Mourinho to this asymmetrical formation that he ended up utilising Japhet Tanganga out of position there rather than playing the more experienced England left-back Danny Rose. That decision even led to Rose’s departure on loan to Newcastle last season.

In conversation with Rose, Mourinho cited the greater physicality of Tanganga as a key factor in his decision. It was a clear indication that the qualities he wanted in his left-back were very different from the demands of the position on the opposite flank.

Serge Aurier was encouraged to raid forward on the right and play a very different role. In part, this was because – something openly stated by Mourinho – he does not trust Aurier in defensive situations. This was him accommodating those weaknesses.

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Following Davies’ return from injury, Spurs enjoyed some success reverting to the original plan and the transfer business prior to the opening weekend of the season appeared to suggest that the vision for this season was to upgrade rather than overhaul this idea.


The signing of Matt Doherty was widely regarded as a straightforward upgrade even though he had been used as a wing-back at Wolves. Aurier’s role was so attacking anyway that it could be argued that a natural wing-back on that right side made more sense.

The move for Reguilon is different. He is not a like-for-like upgrade on Davies. His attacking qualities mean that he is more suited to mirroring the role of Doherty on the right than slotting seamlessly into the existing shape. A formation change would appear inevitable.

Switching to a genuine back three makes sense.


It was as an offensive force rather than a defensive full-back that Reguilon caught the eye for Real Madrid before thriving on loan at Sevilla. Mourinho has operated with attacking full-backs before. But this Spurs defence needs too much help for that to be a serious option.

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It is more likely that Reguilon would find himself in the sort of positions that Heung-Min Son has often found himself expected to take up in this lopsided Tottenham formation. With little attacking threat coming from Davies, Son has had to come deeper to collect the ball.

Son could be one of the big winners if Mourinho switches to a 3-4-3 formation because the presence of a wide man outside him on the left would free him to push forward into the box and find himself closer to Kane in attack. That would play to his strengths.

The benefits for Dele Alli are less obvious and perhaps that helps to explain why his name has been mentioned as a possible factor in any deal with Real Madrid. The 3-4-3 formation effectively removes his role – one that is so central to the 4-2-3-1 formation.


While it might seem a negative move to withdraw an attacking midfielder to bring in a full-back, the introduction of Reguilon in his natural position would not only push Son into more threatening areas, providing much-needed support for Kane, but it would help others too.

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Doherty would be free to play the wing-back role in which he impressed for Wolves without leaving the wide open spaces behind him that Everton were able to exploit on the opening weekend. Toby Alderweireld playing on the right of a three-man defence would avoid that.

It would also suit Eric Dier, on his return to defence, if he were able to play as a sweeper with defensive cover either side of him rather than as a marker. His experience of years in midfield could even enable him to step up and distribute from there if the game demanded it.


The partnership of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Harry Winks looked bereft of creativity against Everton but greater passing options out wide could alleviate those concerns. The presence of a back three behind them could even allow Giovani Lo Celso to be used in a deeper role.

Having wing-backs stretching the play could see Tottenham’s formation become more like a front five in possession with Son and Bale, two potent scorers, getting closer to Kane in attack and delivering the sort of numbers needed to take Spurs forward.

That is crucial to unlocking Bale’s full potential.

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Getting the best from Bale
The Welshman remains a physical specimen but at the age of 31, the days of him powering past opponents with sheer speed are drawing to a close. While he retains the threat of going by markers on the outside, his chief weapon now is cutting inside on that famed left foot.

With Doherty providing the width, Bale could be used as an inside rather than an outside right – putting him more often in that zone from which he found the net no fewer than nine times from outside the penalty box in his most recent season as a Premier League player.

Nobody has come close to those numbers since. That not only serves as a reminder of just how dangerous that Bale can be but it underlines the potential transformation in potency that his arrival could bring. The heavy scoring load on Kane could be shared.


Lucas Moura scored only four goals in 35 Premier League appearances last season at a rate of one every 562 minutes spent on the pitch. It is a paltry return for a player in the offensive line and a key differential between Tottenham and those teams they aspire to catch.

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Liverpool have had great success by feeding the ball to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in the channels with their full-backs providing the width. Could Spurs hope for similar returns from Bale and Son if they can set up the system to position them in those same zones?

It requires special full-backs, hard-working midfielders and centre-backs who are world class in one-on-one situations for Liverpool to make that work in a 4-3-3 formation. For Tottenham, it would seem more achievable with that extra man at the back in a 3-4-3.

It is not a formation that is alien to the club’s supporters, of course. Mauricio Pochettino switched to a back three during the 2016/17 season after enjoying success with 4-2-3-1.

He used it to give his side an extra man at the back – notably using it against Watford’s two-striker system – while encouraging Kyle Walker and Danny Rose to attack as wing-backs.

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Many of the Spurs squad remain from those days so the formation would not be new to them – but it would be a major departure for Mourinho from his tried and trusted methods.

He is a coach who has enjoyed so much success over the past two decades that it would be understandable for him to be reluctant to embrace a formation different to the one with which he has won two Champions League finals and no fewer than seven domestic league titles.

And yet, it now seems the natural step for his Tottenham team to make a similar tactical tweak to the one adopted by Arsenal, of all teams, under Mikel Arteta. “I think Mikel has found a way for them to play and to be stable and to improve,” said Mourinho recently.

Tottenham are in search of that same stability and improvement. If the signings of Bale and Reguilon help them to find it with their own switch to 3-4-3 it would be an evolution for the team – and their celebrated coach.


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Bale Tottenham’s move: who gets advantage? Bale or Tottenham

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The Welshman could be making an emotional return to his former club, but what can a 31-year-old Bale offer to Jose Mourinho’s side?


Gareth Bale appears to be closing in on a sensational return to Tottenham Hotspur, seven years after he left for Real Madrid. The Welshman, now 31 years old, has fallen out of favour in the Spanish capital and his agent Jonathan Barnett has revealed that he believes a deal is possible.

“There’s a long way to go on some issues, but without doubt Gareth is closer to leaving Madrid than at any time in last seven years,” he said.

“The deal is complicated, but there’s reason to believe a deal is close and things could move very quickly if discussions continue to go well.”

Bale made his name as a world class player during a six-year stint with Spurs from 2007 to 2013, winning the PFA Players’ Player of the Year on two occasions. His time in North London came to an end when Real Madrid paid around €100 million for his services.

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A lot has changed in the seven years since Gareth Bale’s last game for the club, when he scored a brilliant last minute winner against Sunderland, so what would his signing mean for Spurs?

Bale could be missing piece of Mourinho’s attack
Despite struggling to tie down a place during his last few years in Madrid the Welshman is still one of the world’s finest attacking talents on his day. He has contributed 126 goals (80 goals and 46 assists) in 171 La Liga appearances and boasts four Champions League winners’ medals.

He is usually deployed as a wide forward, an area in which Spurs seem fairly well-stocked with Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura, Eric Lamela and Steven Bergwijn in those positions.

However Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign another striker before the transfer window ends, saying recently: “But I want to make it very clear that the club – if you want to call it the club or the structure above me – knows I need a striker and they also want a striker.

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Mourinho tends to play with a physically powerful centre forward and at 1.85m and blessed with strength and pace, Bale could fit the bill. In recent years he has found himself deployed more centrally for the national team and he could be an option down the middle when Spurs captain Harry Kane is unavailable.

Genuine star presence
Tottenham Hotspur have changed a lot in recent seasons. They moved to a glamourous new stadium, hired a big-name manager in Mourinho and recently released a behind-the-scenes Amazon documentary. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy seems intent on building the club’s brand and the arrival of a global star like Bale would certainly help raise their profile.

The 31-year-old still has plenty to offer on the pitch but the Real Madrid man’s commercial potential will also appeal to a shrewd operator like Levy. His experience could also be invaluable as Spurs look to win their first piece of silverware since the 2008 League Cup, when an 18-year-old Bale missed the final due to injury.

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Enormous wage demands
Bale’s days at Madrid have appeared numbered since Zidane announced in August that the forward “didn’t want to play” in the Champions League tie against Manchester City. However the Welshman still has two years remaining on a contract believed to be worth around €600,000 per week, a colossal amount of money even a club of Real’s size.

It has been reported in the Telegraph that the Spanish side are so desperate to reduce their wage bill that they would be willing to continue paying half of his salary for the remainder of his contract. Even if the North London club were only covering 50% of his earnings, the eighth-highest paid footballer in the world would still be their biggest wage expense.

Back in June Tottenham were forced to take out a £175 million government loan to help deal with loss of revenue due to the pandemic so Bale would represent a sizeable risk for the club. But if he can recapture some of the form from his first spell in North London, it will be an investment worth making.


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Tottenham moves closer to swoop Madrid’s Duo

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Tottenham have moved closer to sealing their double swoop for Real Madrid pair Bale and Sergio Reguilon.


A total agreement for Bale to join a year long loan was close on Wendesday night following another day of discussions.

It is understood no players will go in the opposite direction.

Left-back Reguilon is due to undergo a medical on Thursday ahead of signing a five-year deal with Tottenham, who have agreed a £27million fee with Real.

Jose Mourinho will be buoyed by the incoming duo from his former club in the Spanish capital.

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It now seems a matter of time before both deals are completed to bolster his squad for the upcoming season.

But one blow to Spurs fans is the fact that Dele Alli has sensationally been left out of the squad to face Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League and he could leave before the transfer window closes.


It is unlikely that the England international will be used as a sweetener in the Bale deal and Real are well stocked in the attacking midfield department.

If the 24-year-old and Spurs are willing to part company, there will be a number of clubs interested in him.

Inter Milan and PSG are both interested parties and the club would prefer to sell him abroad rather than to a Premier League rival.

Alli was substituted at half-time during Spurs’ opening day 1-0 defeat by Everton, fuelling suggestions of a rift between player and manager.

There is however a reluctance to sell him below market value, particularly with coronavirus impacting the transfer market so significantly.


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Tottenham’s Epl fixtures for 2020/21 season

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Tottenham will host Everton in their opening fixture of the 2020/21 season, before a trip to Southampton and a home game against Newcastle.

Spurs’ first test against the traditional ‘big six’ comes against Manchester United on October 3. The following month, they face Manchester City at home and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The first north London derby will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 5, while the reverse fixture at the Emirates is scheduled for March 13.

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TOTTENHAM’S PREMIER LEAGUE 2020/21 FIXTURES
September

12: Everton (h)

19: Southampton (a)

26: Newcastle (h)

October

3: Man Utd (a)

17: West Ham (h)

24: Burnley (a)

31: Brighton (h)

November

7: West Brom (a)

21: Man City (h)

28: Chelsea (a)

December

5: Arsenal (h)

12: Crystal Palace (a)

16: Liverpool (a)

19: Leicester (h)

26: Wolves (a)

28: Fulham (h)

January

2: Leeds (h)

12: Aston Villa (a)

16: Sheffield Utd (a)

27: Liverpool (h)

30: Brighton (a)

February

3: Chelsea (h)

6: West Brom (h)

13: Man City (a)

20: West Ham (a)

27: Burnley (h)

March

6: Crystal Palace (h)

13: Arsenal (a)

20: Southampton (h)

April

3: Newcastle (a)

10: Man Utd (h)

17: Everton (a)

24: Fulham (a)

May

1: Sheffield Utd (h)

8: Leeds (a)

12: Wolves (h)

15: Aston Villa (h)

23: Leicester (a)

The key dates of the Premier League 2020/21 season
The Premier League has revealed the 2020/21 season will start on Saturday September 12.

The season is scheduled to finish on Sunday May 23, 2021 – just 19 days before the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament kicks off.

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The transfer window opened on Monday July 27 and will close on Monday October 5 at 11pm. An additional domestic-only window will run from October 5 to 5pm on October 16 but Premier League clubs will only be able to trade with EFL clubs.

Premier League ins and outs
Who has your team signed? Who has been shipped out?

Check here for a comprehensive list of all the Premier League ins and outs from the 2020 summer transfer window, which opened on July 27 and closes on October 5.

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Kane’s goal records for Tottenham analysed

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Harry Kane’s two goals for Tottenham in their 3-1 win against Newcastle not only kept his team’s European hopes alive but they took the England captain past 200 goals for the club. Not bad given that the achievement comes at a time when his form is being questioned.

The noise around Kane has become constant, intensifying as Jose Mourinho has struggled to end the stagnation at Spurs that had preceded Mauricio Pochettino’s departure.

Mourinho even felt compelled to respond to suggestions from Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson that Kane would not find it easy to score goals under the Portuguese.

“I think Harry Kane has no problem at all to score goals in my teams,” Mourinho replied, “especially when he’s fit and fresh and has routines of playing.”

Events at St James’ Park support his argument.

Kane has now scored four goals since the restart. That is more than Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – the reigning golden boot winners. It is the same number as the in-form trio of Jamie Vardy, Danny Ings and Raul Jimenez.

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But Kane is judged by higher standards than most – a reputation that he earned by winning back-to-back golden boots of his own and by reaching this 200-goal mark in his 350th game.

Merson is not alone in wondering about the possibility of diminishing returns from the striker who turns 27 later this month.

But what is the truth about his form?

Let’s begin with the goals.

Kane now has 15 of them in the Premier League this season. He needs two more in Tottenham’s remaining two games – against Leicester and Crystal Palace – to match last season’s total and avoid this being his worst return since his breakthrough year.

That number can be explained in part by the injury that has forced him to miss a quarter of Tottenham’s Premier League games this season. But it is not the full explanation.

Examining Kane’s non-penalty goals per 90 minutes is the clearest indication of his potency in front of goal and those numbers suggest that he has been short of his best for a while.

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He is averaging 0.49 non-penalty goals per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season – roughly a goal every other full game. That is very similar to last season’s record of 0.48.

Indeed, it is not far below his goal return in winning his first golden boot in 2015/16. Had he stayed fit and scored some penalties, it would easily be enough to take him beyond 20 goals.

But this is well short of the numbers that Kane was posting during his best years between 2016 and 2018 when he was averaging over 0.80 non-penalty goals per 90 minutes. Those are the sort of elite returns that result in 30-goal seasons such as the one in 2017/18.

What is clear is that Kane’s dip since then has little to do with a decline in his finishing ability. Instead, the expected-goals data reveals a similar trend across his career to date.

Kane has outperformed expected goals in each of his six seasons as a Premier League regular. This is indicative of his finishing prowess and no great surprise given his extraordinary ability to strike the ball with power and accuracy from all angles.

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The expected-goals data suggests that the reason why Kane has scored at a less impressive rate over the past two seasons is because the quality of chances have not been the same. He remains a wonderful finisher but he is not getting the shooting opportunities as before.

Kane’s shot numbers in his absolute pomp – which was the 2017/18 season according to many of these metrics, a year in which he scored 30 Premier League goals – were remarkable. He averaged more than five shots per 90 minutes across that campaign.

But those shot numbers have halved since then and are at their lowest point in his Premier League career this season. The same is true of his touches in the opposition penalty box.

In fact, Kane had more touches in his own area than Manchester United’s in Tottenham’s first game following the Premier League restart.

Finishing matters but there is no escaping the consequences of these numbers. More touches in the box mean more shots and more shots mean more goals. It is no coincidence that Kane’s numbers on the first of these metrics results in him being down on all three.

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Why is it happening? That is a trickier question to answer because there are so many variables. The obvious explanation is that Tottenham are not the team that they were. Even while reaching the Champions League final last season, their form was suffering.

The current Premier League table shows Spurs down in seventh even after back-to-back victories. The conclusion that they are not as good as they once were is an easy one. It follows that this team is not providing Kane with the opportunities that he had before.

Christian Eriksen was a key figure in the team for many years and while his influence waned prior to his departure in January, it is not yet clear that he has been adequately replaced. Giovani Lo Celso has shown signs of filling that void but for now Eriksen is still missed.

The Dane’s importance is highlighted by the fact that he created far more chances than any other Tottenham player in each of his first six seasons with the club. His presence was a valuable source of goals for Kane and he is not the only outlet that the striker has lost.

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Kieran Trippier is another who Spurs supporters felt was not delivering as he had before when sold to Atletico Madrid but those crosses from the right were a dangerous weapon.

Mourinho’s system relies heavily on Serge Aurier’s surging runs from right-back but the Frenchman’s open-play crossing accuracy of 15 per cent is less than Trippier’s 24 per cent. Again, there has been a perceptible drop in the quality of service that Kane is receiving.

The more troubling theory for Kane’s biggest admirers is that some of Kane’s declining numbers could be attributed to changes in his own game rather than of his team. Are Kane’s numbers worse because Spurs are worse or are Spurs worse because of Kane’s dip?

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It is a conundrum.

In his younger days, Kane’s powerful running up front was a key feature of his game with Pochettino once marvelling at how he ran 13 kilometres in a single match.

Kane’s game has evolved since then, although he is hardly immobile as he approaches his 27th birthday later this month. He covered more ground than anyone on the pitch against United. “I feel as fit as I have probably ever done before,” he said recently.

Perhaps his role for Gareth Southgate with the national team offers a glimpse of his longer-term future – dropping deep to allow the speedy wide forwards to exploit the space. Kane has the vision and passing range for that role but it is not yet clear that is the plan at Spurs.

While his average touch map this compared to his 2017/18 peak shows that he is seeing far less action in the opposition box and doing more work in deeper areas, that has not really resulted in him being more involved in the game. Quite the opposite, in fact.

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Midway through the second half of the derby against Arsenal, Kane had enjoyed fewer touches than anyone else on the pitch. He had completed only four passes in the match prior to the second-half water break. The stats show he is touching the ball less than ever.

Mourinho insists that Kane “is fundamental for the team” and he is known to favour a target-man striker who can act as a reference point for attacks. He wants goals from his forward and the two against Newcastle will encourage him that they will continue to flow.

Kane signed a six-year deal with Spurs in the summer of 2018 and supporters will be hoping that many more goals are to come – even if his comments during lockdown won’t go away.

“It all depends what happens with the team and how we progress as a team,” said Kane of his future. “So it’s not a definite I’m going to stay there forever but it’s not a no either.”

That progress is in Mourinho’s hands now but the team’s success remains intertwined with Kane’s own. Tottenham still have an elite striker. The challenge is to ensure that he receives the service that he requires. As the stats show, he cannot scale his past heights without it.

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‘Tottenham should sell Ndombele if Semedo and Umtiti are part of deal’

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Tottenham should consider selling Tanguy Ndombele if it means getting Nelson Semedo and Samuel Umtiti, says former Spurs striker Darren Bent.

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Ndombele has struggled to adapt to English football since his club-record £53.8million move from Lyon, with the midfielder suffering multiple injuries during his first season at club. He has also come under heavy criticism from manager Jose Mourinho.

Tottenham had hoped the France international would be the long-term successor to Mousa Dembele who joined Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F in January 2019.

But Ndombele is already being linked with a move away from Tottenham, with LaLiga giants Barcelona said to be interested.

And former Tottenham striker Bent believes a deal could be in the club’s interests – particularly if a deal involving Semedo and Umtiti can be constructed.

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“To be fair, that swap deal would cover up a lot of cracks and I think it would help,” he told Football Insider.

“Centre-half, they’ve been a little bit week this season and at full-back as well, they’ve been a little bit suspect. Tanganga’s done very, very well but he’s still quite young.

“Semedo a couple of years ago was absolutely brilliant for Benfica, absolutely brilliant. Went to Barcelona, struggled a little bit but that covers it.

“Umtiti as well, a World Cup winner of course! If you’re getting Umtiti and Semedo, you ain’t having to buy these players and that’s two positions kind of sewn up.”


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Kane ‘in line for gentleman’s agreement with Spurs over blockbuster transfer’


Tottenham have no intention of selling Harry Kane this summer but are in line to give him the green light to quit next year, Football Insider understands.

The England international, 26, paved the way to leave his boyhood club by revealing in an interview last month that he is “ambitious” and will not remain at Spurs “just for the sake of it”.

A Spurs source has told Football Insider that there is a strong possibility of a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ between Kane and chairman Daniel Levy that would see the superstar remain at the club for one more season ahead of a blockbuster 2021 transfer.

The north Londoners are not looking to cash in on their prize asset in the next transfer window or any time soon.

Given football’s financial chaos a result of the pandemic and a predicted summer market that will see a huge shortfall of cash, it is unlikely any club would be able to meet the £200million asking price for Kane.

Nevertheless, Tottenham are aware of the growing difficulty in keeping hold of the England captain in the long term.

He signed a six-year contract in June 2018 worth up to £200,000-a-week and that runs until 2024.

Spurs do not anticipate him trying to push for a move this summer, or have a realistic chance of securing one.

But the club are aware of the growing noises around Kane, which the player himself encouraged with his bombshell interview with Jamie Redknapp last month.

Kane, who turns 27 in July, has gone further than ever before in suggesting that leaving Tottenham in the near future is a strong possibility.

He has been sidelined since New Year’s Day with a torn hamstring but is expected to be fully fit when the season resumes, which will not be before June.


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Aarons would be a great signing for Spurs – Bent


Norwich City defender Max Aarons would be a great signing for Tottenham, according to Darren Bent, who says his former club have yet to sign Kyle Walker’s long-term successor.

Aarons has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence since graduating to the first-team fold at Carrow Road in 2018, racking up 73 appearances for the club across all competitions. He played a key role in Norwich’s run to Championship glory last season, and has successfully transferred his impressive form to the Premier League.


The 20-year-old has been a bright spark for the Canaries in an otherwise miserable 2019-20 campaign, featuring in all 29 of their fixtures to date.

Aarons has also earned a regular spot in England’s U21 side, and is already being tipped for a potential call up to Gareth Southgate’s senior squad.


Norwich look destined for relegation after being cut adrift at the bottom of the table, currently sitting eight points from safety with only nine games left to play. A mass clearout is expected when the transfer market reopens, with Aarons among those being tipped to remain in the Premier League amid reported interest from Spurs.

Bent thinks Tottenham have “struggled to replace” Walker since his move to Manchester City in 2017, and sees the Norwich star as the ideal man to come in and solve Jose Mourinho’s problems at right-back.


“I really like him, Max Aarons. I really, really like him,” the ex-Spurs striker told Football Insider. “I watched him a lot in the Championship, and he’s taken a major step up to the Premier League and done very, very well.

“If Norwich do go down, which looks like it might happen, I think he’ll be out the door.


“I think he’d be a great signing for Spurs. They struggled, in some respects, to replace Kyle Walker. They’ve got Serge Aurier but he’s really struggled at times. They’ve been had to play Moussa Sissoko back there. So for me, I think he’d be a good signing.

“We know what Spurs are like, and it really follows that trend of signing young, English players. It’s been happening for years, and for me, it sounds right.”


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Tottenham would struggle to replace Harry Kane, says Lucas Moura


Lucas Moura believes Tottenham would struggle to replace Harry Kane if they were to sell the England captain when the current season eventually ends.

Speculation has increased that the striker could leave the club at the end of the campaign, after he refused to rule out a future move away from Tottenham during an Instagram live session with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.


Kane is Spurs’ third all-time leading scorer and has contributed at least 20 goals in all competitions for each of the five previous seasons.

“It’s hard to speak about the future, about a negotiation because it’s a personal decision. I’m sure that every season Tottenham receive offers for Harry Kane,” said Moura, who joined Spurs in January 2018.


“It’s not me who has to decide, but of course I want to play with him in the next season. I want to stay with him because he’s very important for us and it’s not easy to find a player like him.

“Everyone knows he’s a big player. He’s very important for us, he’s our striker and scores almost every game. I’m sure that Mourinho wants to keep him. He counts on him for the rest of the season as well as for the next one.”


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Tottenham will reject Barcelona move to sign Ndombele


Barcelona want to land Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele but the Premier League club will not consider a sale, report El Mundo Deportivo.

The 23-year-old has struggled with injuries and form in his debut season for Spurs, whom he joined in a €60m deal from Olympique Lyonnais last summer.


The Frenchman has made 27 appearances for the North London club this season but has found starting opportunities limited and his application has been criticised by new boss Jose Mourinho.

However, the France international, of Congolese origin, is not likely to be available for transfer from Spurs despite the Blaugrana’s intention of bolstering their ranks.


It is said that Ndombele’s skillset matches the profile that the Catalan giants are looking for – a box-to-box midfielder who can impose himself physically during matches.

It has been said that the player’s arrival would alleviate the pressure of that style of midfielder due to the possible exits of Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic this summer.


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Kane might fancy Real Madrid or Barcelona but not Man Utd, says Redknapp


Harry Kane may “fancy a move” to Real Madrid or Barcelona at some stage, admits Harry Redknapp, but the Tottenham striker is not expected to jump at the chance to join Manchester United.

Redknapp told NobleSports Reliable Source: “Harry Kane is a special player, he’s the best centre forward certainly in the Premier League and of his type, I don’t think there’s a better centre forward anywhere.


“Okay, he’s not [Lionel] Messi, he’s not [Cristiano] Ronaldo, but as a centre-forward that does what he does, there isn’t anyone better.

“He would be a great fit for Man United, he’d be a great fit for any team… but Man United at the moment are not better than Tottenham. I wouldn’t say there’s much between them, both teams are trying to get into the top four.


“Whether Real Madrid or Barcelona came in, he might fancy a move like that one day.

“But at the moment he belongs to Tottenham, and unless Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy decide to will cash in if it’s a crazy offer and rebuild the team with that money, unless Jose says, ‘I’ve got three players here we can sign and build a better team with’, then I’m sure he’ll stay at Tottenham.”


Former United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has spoken on the talk of £200m offers: “Tottenham have paid for their own stadium, it’s been a massive amount, and with the Covid-19 situation, the chips are in the air for everyone.

“If they were offered that money then I’m quite certain that, regardless of what Daniel Levy has said, he would snap Manchester United’s hand off.


“I don’t think Manchester United will go that far in terms of offering that kind of money, especially in the current situation.”


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Tottenham Preparing Big Push to Sign Summer Free Agent Thomas Meunier


Tottenham are preparing a big push in order to complete the signing of Paris Saint-Germain full-back Thomas Meunier, who is available on a free transfer at the end of the season.

The Belgian has been plying his trade in the French capital since the summer of 2016, but the four-year deal he signed when joining the club expires this summer – and he is not expected to pen fresh terms.


Thomas Meunier
Meunier has made 27 appearances this season for PSG, including five in the Champions League – though he missed the Parisian’s second leg comeback against Borussia Dortmund through suspension.

But a source has told NobleSports that his future could lie at Tottenham, as José Mourinho continues to hunt a new first choice right back. The Portuguese boss has identified Meunier as a primary target as he continues to be unconvinced by the performances of Serge Aurier, who has made several costly mistakes this season, interspersed with occasional moments of brilliance.


He is also unsure whether Kyle Walker-Peters, currently on loan at Southampton, is the right long term solution. Spurs are willing to offer Meunier a big contract to move to north London

and hope that the Belgian’s close friendship with current Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld will help convince him to make the move.


They will, however, face competition for Meunier’s signature. Manchester United are admirers of his and the Red Devils are keen to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has taken on a heavy workload since joining from Crystal Palace last summer.

Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are also in the market for Meunier, and reports elsewhere have previously suggested that a deal to join BVB is as good as done. NobleSports understands this is not the case.


If Tottenham are able to conclude a deal for Meunier, they’ll be snapping up a player with plenty of continental and international pedigree. During his four years in France, he’s made 128 appearances for the club, scooping a host of silverware along the way – including two Ligue 1 crowns and a Coupe de France success back in 2018.

He is also an established international with Belgium, and played a starring role as his country finished third at the 2018 World Cup.


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