The 2-1 win for Tottenham Hotspur against Asteras Tripolis last night presented Mauricio Pochettino with a chance to examine one attacking partnership; the combination of Andros Townsend and Harry Kane.
Both Spurs stars bagged goals and they looked well synced, as Pochettino gets ready to sink his teeth into more post-match analysis as he decides who to start against Stoke City this weekend.
Townsend and Kane worked well together last night in a number of ways, with the physical evidence provided when Townsend supplied the cross which allowed Kane to score his tenth goal from 14 appearances so far this season.
Kane doesn’t have the same blistering pace as Townsend so he relies on other Tottenham Hotspur players pushing the opposition back, creating space and providing him with opportunities in and around the penalty area which he can take advantage of.
Townsend gives one side of the defence a problem when he plays because his pace keeps the full back on the back foot and if he looks to come inside, that puts the centre half on that side under pressure.
It’s something that not many other Spurs players can do because they don’t have similar pace.
Where Kane reads that well and where he benefits from Townsend’s movement is when he drifts onto that side of the defence.
The centre back then has two options if his midfield teammates have gone to sleep; stay with Kane or go out and press Townsend, providing cover.
If it’s the latter then Kane is now intelligent enough to take advantage of the situation and make the most of the space which is left behind, latching onto balls and providing an option once Townsend has effectively done all of the hard work.
Townsend and Nacer Chadli are arguably the best wingers at the club and wide areas are where Pochettino could add players this winter.
However, for Kane to continue to develop and prosper at Spurs, any players coming into wide positions (if Pochettino doesn’t want to give Townsend more of a chance) need to compliment the young striker.
Kane is never going to be that Messi type striker who drops off to get involved in the creative midfield play but he’s clever enough to realise, which players aid his game and he can strike instant partnerships and connections with them.