Kane was selected to lead the Spurs attack at Stamford Bridge, having been chosen ahead of Roberto Soldado.
Despite breaking his incredible misfortune in front of goal at the weekend, the Spanish forward was dropped to the bench in favour of Erik Lamela, as head coach Mauricio Pochettino looked to overrun the midfield area. The tactical switch worked in the opening exchanges for the North London club, as they dominated play, and Kane should really have opened the scoring early on.
He was unfortunate when his looping header could only crash back off the woodwork, before firing wide of goal after an impressive run into the box. Despite losing 3-0, the result was an anomaly going on performance levels, and the Argentine coach was praised for the faith shown in the 21-year-old. The loss has left Spurs five points off the top four, but the performance showed real promise, and it finally appears as if coach and players are starting to combine to create a truly impressive side.
The only real question mark in Pochettino’s starting XI is in the forward positions, with rotation between one or two strikers occurring on a game-by-game basis. Whilst two strikers allows both Kane and Soldado to feature, a lone front-man offers more security in the middle of the park, making it a wise choice against strong opposition. However, in selecting a one-striker system, the coach has to select the hard-working Kane or talented Soldado to lead the line - a decision that may have just been made easier by the Englishman’s promising performance at Stamford Bridge.
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Kane was unfortunate to not add a third goal to his Premier League tally this season, with both his chances coming incredibly close to finding the back of the net. He played a game high three key passes - joint with Oscar - and completed a game high tally of five dribbles - joint with Eden Hazard. Whilst he only touched the ball 52 times, the youngster was extremely efficient with his use of possession, and against any other opponent he would likely have both goals and assists to his name. It was a solid performance, and he all but outperformed Chelsea veteran Didier Drogba except in one key area - finishing.
Whilst his finishing let down his entire performance, he made up for it with an incredible work rate, and his defensive performance provided the job of two players. Characterised by a tackle late in the game, Kane tracked back almost to his own box to win the ball back having lost possession in the final third, before charging back into an attacking position.
Incredibly, Kane completed three tackles and one interception, and his performance was the perfect indication that Pochettino’s intense, high-pressing system is starting to embed itself in the team ethic. Erik Lamela also completed six tackles, and a number of the Lilywhites chances came from winning the ball back in the final third and exploiting the space in an under-pressure Chelsea defence.
Kane put in a performance that proves he is developing at an outstanding rate, and there is only one area he needs to work on. Should the 21-year-old manage to add more goals to his game, he could become the greatest all-round striker England has seen for a number of years.