Tottenham 3-3 West Ham: How late collapse took shine off Harry Kane masterclass

Tottenham 3-3 West Ham: How late collapse took shine off Harry Kane masterclass

Match of the Day 2 analysis

The Tottenham gamers will probably be completely fuming with themselves after their late collapse meant they solely drew with West Ham on Sunday.

There had been so many positives from the way in which that they had constructed up their 3-0 lead, with Harry Kane once more enjoying a starring position, however all that good work was wasted after they couldn’t see the sport out.

Sure, Spurs will really feel onerous accomplished by, as a result of the free-kick that led to Manuel Lanzini’s sensible 94th-minute equaliser mustn’t have been given.

However finally, in case you are 3-0 up in any sport with below 10 minutes to go and you do not win, you solely have your self in charge.

Kane is recent, hungry, sharp & intelligent

Graphic showing Tottenham's starting XI v West Ham: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Reguilon, Sissoko, Hojberg, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Son, Kane

When Tottenham went ahead within the first half, they had been a pleasure to look at.

The entire Spurs group performed on the entrance foot with nice creativity. They had been so incisive, they simply opened up a West Ham group which are normally so properly drilled on the again.

Jose Mourinho has numerous attacking gamers on the prime of their sport however Kane simply seems to be remarkably good in the intervening time. He was recent, hungry, sharp and intelligent on Sunday – and West Ham didn’t know how one can cope with him within the first half.

Sure it helped that the Hammers had been in every single place within the first half hour – their communication was dangerous so they didn’t know who was selecting Kane up, and there was no stress on the ball – however he definitely made probably the most of that.

What has modified about Kane’s position?

Graphic showing Harry Kane has five goals and seven assists in the PL this season
After 5 video games, Kane has already matched his greatest complete of seven Premier League assists from the 2016-17 season

Kane has all the time been greater than only a conventional quantity 9, as a result of he has all the time had great imaginative and prescient.

I believe what he’s doing in another way now could be that he’s turning into extra deliberate at deciding when to return deep – which is when the area is there, and likewise within the moments when he can harm the opposition probably the most.

Graphic showing West Ham XI v Tottenham: Fabianski, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Coufal, Masuaku, Bowen, Soucek, Rice, Fornals, Antonio

So, when West Ham’s two centre midfielders, Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek, went too excessive he stored discovering a pocket of area behind them that he knew their again three could not come into, as a result of Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn had been intentionally staying a lot increased up the pitch.

He combined up his sport primarily based on what the opposition had been doing, which is the signal of a extremely intelligent footballer, and his decision-making is simply good in the intervening time – it has been because the begin of the season.

Kane (circled, with ball) found space deep in his own half before releasing Son for his run (arrow) for Tottenham's first goal
Kane (circled, with ball) discovered area deep in his personal half earlier than releasing Son for his run (arrow) for Tottenham’s first purpose

One of the best instance of any Premier League participant who did that’s Teddy Sheringham, who knew when to drop in, and when to remain excessive and play because the goal man.

Like Teddy, Kane has discovered a beautiful steadiness now too between enjoying because the playmaker, the quantity 10, or a conventional centre-forward, the quantity 9.

Graphic showing the average position of the Tottenham (l) and West Ham (r) players, when they touched the ball
Graphic exhibiting the common place of the Tottenham (l) and West Ham (r) gamers, after they touched the ball. Son Heung-min (7) and Steven Bergwijn (23) had been each increased up the pitch than Kane (10), who was in search of areas left by Hammers duo Declan Rice (41) and Tomas Soucek (28)

He does not all the time come deep to hyperlink play like he did when he arrange his facet’s first purpose – we noticed that with the way in which he scored the subsequent two himself.

To be nearly as good as Harry is at each may be very uncommon – the range in his sport makes him among the best strikers on this planet.

A goalscorer and creator

I do not see Kane as extra creator than goalscorer now, as a result of what he does will rely on what is occurring in every sport.

Spurs don’t have a playmaker within the Christian Eriksen mould anymore, however they do have Tanguy Ndombele who could make these type of passes too.

Harry Kane heads home Tottenham's third goal
Kane heads dwelling Tottenham’s third purpose towards West Ham, his fifth within the Premier League of 2020-21. In 9 video games this season in all competitions, he has scored 10 targets and made eight assists

The explanation Kane is making extra assists than ever earlier than is due to how the Tottenham group is ready up now, with their broad attackers a bit narrower, and nearer to Kane, than they had been earlier than.

Season Video games Targets Assists
2020-21 5 5 7
2019-20 29 18 2
2018-19 28 17 4
2017-18 37 30 2
2016-17 30 29 7
2015-16 38 25 1
2014-15 34 21 4

Son, for instance, might begin on the left wing, however a number of the time he’s successfully enjoying as a striker.

The great thing about Tottenham’s ahead line is that they’ve the flexibility to adapt and I believe we’ll see Kane proceed to play totally different roles within the weeks to return, altering his sport to go well with the event.

Graphic showing Harry Kane's touches vs West Ham
Harry Kane made 70 touches towards West Ham and solely two of them had been contained in the West Ham space. One in every of them was his header for his facet’s third purpose

We all know he can manipulate play from deep however generally he will probably be up there holding the ball up, and he can even get within the field and get on the tip of headers.

Quite than consciously considering that he must do extra of 1 factor – like making possibilities, for instance – I simply suppose he’s getting higher and higher in any respect of these totally different elements of his sport as he matures, and likewise at figuring out how he can manipulate the sport greatest.

When issues began to go West Ham’s means

When Kane put Spurs 3-0 up after 16 minutes, it appeared like the sport was accomplished and dusted. It ought to have been.

They bought too comfy within the second half, which is harmful, however let’s give West Ham some credit score too for exhibiting some resilience and starvation to get again into the sport – they took a danger and threw males ahead, and it paid off.

The primary two targets that Spurs conceded had been disappointing for them as a result of one was a set-play and, for the opposite, Lucas Moura misplaced his man. He had simply come off the bench and was not absolutely targeted and into the rhythm of the sport.

However the third purpose by Lanzini was unbelievable. An absolute worldy of a strike. There was not a lot they may do about that.

Earlier than then, Spurs had possibilities to seal it when Kane hit the publish at 3-0 after which, at 3-2, Gareth Bale went by however missed by an inch.

Every little thing was beginning to go West Ham’s means and Tottenham’s mindset modified in order that they had been on the again foot.

We sensed watching it within the MOTD2 manufacturing workplace {that a} third Hammers purpose was coming – though no one might know it will be such a spectacular strike.

It goes down as a chance missed for Spurs, as a result of the win undoubtedly ought to have been theirs, however I’d not choose them, or certainly their prospects for the season, primarily based solely on this outcome.

There have been loads of encouraging indicators in earlier weeks, however different reminders that they’re nonetheless a piece in progress: So I’d not say they’re frail on the again simply because they’ve misplaced a 3-0 lead – extra that there have been already query marks round their defence which haven’t gone away.

I nonetheless suppose the highest 4 is a practical goal for them however any discuss of title challenges may be very untimely. That would not have modified even when that they had held on to beat West Ham.

Danny Murphy was chatting with BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

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