After Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min mixed for a record-equalling thirteenth Premier League aim in a single marketing campaign towards Leeds on Saturday, Jose Mourinho acknowledged that the pair are doing “particular issues” however warned that different gamers must begin serving to out.
Of Tottenham‘s 27 Premier League targets scored in 2020-21, 22 of them have been transformed by Kane (10) or Son (12). When certainly one of them hasn’t utilized the of entirety to a transfer, the opposite has invariably been concerned with Kane supplying 11 assists and Son 5. Kane turned the primary participant in Europe’s prime 5 leagues to achieve double figures for targets and assists on the weekend.
Look past Kane and Son in each the aim and assists charts, although and Tottenham’s subsequent greatest participant is on two – Ndombele for targets and Sergio Reguilon for assists. Contemplating the depth of attacking expertise within the squad, an absence of targets from elsewhere has been perplexing.
Each membership, whether or not massive or small, is reliant to a better or lesser diploma on a few people, however Spurs’ dependence on Kane and Son has been so nice that if one have been to turn into unavailable for an prolonged time period, their attacking menace would basically be halved.
That’s maybe why Mourinho took the chance to demand extra from the remaining on Saturday as soon as his customary reward of Kane and Son had ceased: “I need extra targets, particularly extra targets from different gamers,” he stated pointedly. It’s unlikely that he would have anticipated Moussa Sissoko to be the primary to step ahead and ship.
Earlier than the sport, Sissoko had managed 4 targets in 182 video games for the membership, the final of which got here in a 5-0 drubbing of Burnley in December 2019. But it was he who opened the scoring towards Brentford, nodding a depraved cross from Sergio Reguilon into the highest nook. It was taken with Kane-like precision.
Unlikely scorers have been the unheralded story of Spurs’ Carabao Cup run to the ultimate. Spurs virtually fell on the first hurdle towards Chelsea till Erik Lamela popped up with an equaliser to power the sport right into a penalty shootout, whereas Ben Davies netted the game-changing aim towards Stoke within the quarter-final.
Serge Aurier may have continued the theme of uncharacteristic scorers when he blazed over from six yards with the scoreline at 1-0, earlier than Sissoko virtually notched an help to go alongside his aim when Son fired his cross inches vast of the far publish.
Spurs then benefited from a marginal VAR name which noticed Ivan Toney’s effort disallowed for the narrowest of offside selections – the previous Peterborough striker’s knee poking simply past Sissoko’s outstretched proper foot.
That technology-assisted escape served as a reminder that this was a match that may have to be gained, not merely handed to them. Brentford aren’t considered probably the greatest groups outdoors of the Premier League for nothing.
And it was Tottenham’s two stars – with a little bit assist from Ndombele – who settled the competition. Kane performed his now default position of link-man to feed Ndombele who in flip weighted a by way of ball into the galloping Son’s path to perfection and as soon as he had darted previous a determined Brentford problem, there was just one end result.
It gained’t be till the tip of April that Spurs get their probability to finish a 12 yr look ahead to a trophy after the EFL moved the date of the ultimate within the hope that followers could also be allowed to attend.
Mourinho, a four-time winner of the competitors, shall be hoping that when the time does finally come, Spurs’ assist solid may have sharpened their attacking edges.