Tottenham boss Pochettino recalls what he discovered about Kane during his goal drought

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane had scored just once in nine league games before last weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane’s determination to work hard and help his team was key to breaking his recent goal scoring drought, the Mirror report.

After scoring 21 Premier League goals last season, Kane endured a tough opening to the current campaign and headed into last weekend’s fixture at Bournemouth with just one goal in nine league games.

It was a run which had many people question him, with phrases such as ‘one-season wonder’ and ‘second-season syndrome’ doing the rounds in a bid to knock his outstanding ability.

His hat-trick at Bournemouth certainly silenced his critics, though boss Pochettino admits he was never worried about his striker’s lack of goals and instead speaks of the positives he found from the ordeal.

“It’s a period that was new for him but it was important for him to experience the other side of football,” the Argentine coach was quoted as saying.

“When you are a striker and you are scoring goals, everything is nice and the sun is always shining - but

“You need to find a balance in your outlook because when everything is going well it’s like you are living in a bubble. But when the bubble bursts, the reality is different.”

“You learn and understand more about yourself, and this is the moment where you find out about people.”

“When things in football are good or bad, it is important to keep working hard and that was the key for him to start scoring again.”

While the 22-year-old struggled to find the net, it certainly wasn’t for the lack of trying as he averages an impressive 3.7 shots and 1.3 key passes per Premier League fixture.

Spurs are undoubtedly a fearsome proposition when Kane is scoring goals for fun, yet the centre-forward is more than just goals as he leads the line well and is superb in his link-up play.

A willing worker and intelligent off the ball, Spurs would desperately miss him should he pick up an injury and with few alternatives on the bench, his importance to the team could not be more apparent.

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