FOOTBALL COME ON YOU SPURS! KANE SOLVES SUNDERLAND PUZZLE BUT AT WHAT PRICE?

COME ON YOU SPURS! KANE SOLVES SUNDERLAND PUZZLE BUT AT WHAT PRICE?

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It took a mistake by Sunderland defender Papy Djilobodji to let Harry Kane (and Spurs) in, to score the decisive winner in this one-sided encounter.

Incredibly, Spurs had 31 attempts on goal – the most of any side in the Premier League so far this season – such was their utter dominance. However, the result might have been so different if Kyle Walker had not blocked Steven Pienaar’s close range effort on the line from a defensive lapse by Eric Dier.

Eyebrows were raised when manager Mauricio Pochettino made three changes to the side that lost to Monaco in mid-week with Moussa Dembele and Moussa Sissoko making their first starts of the season and Victor Wanyama returning, with regular starters Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen on the bench.

It was clear right from the kick-off that Spurs intended to erase the memories of that Monaco defeat but found Sunderland’s resistance tough to break down, with young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford proving a formidable barrier.

Typically, Spurs were quite ponderous in their play in the first half and the Sunderland defence dealt comfortably with any threat. But in the 59th minute, Djilobodji’s failure to clear Dele Alli’s header allowed Kane to finish past Pickford, an effort that proved to be the winner.

On the plus side, Son Heung-Min continued his good form shown at Stoke and was unlucky not to get a goal while Sissoko looks a powerful asset once he settles into the side.

On the negative, Kane picked up what looked like a serious ankle injury – which hopefully will not keep him out for too long. Although, Kane’s absence will give Pochettino a chance to blood Vincent Janssen.

The important thing is that Spurs won and maintained their unbeaten start to the season, despite mostly unconvincing form. Points in the bag will be an advantage when the team finally hit the kind of form we know they are capable of.

Lloris, Walker, Dier (Davies), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Wanyama, Dembele (Lamela), Sissoko, Alli, Son, Kane (Janssen).

#COYS!