Harry Kane: Tottenham have 'got what it takes' for success

Harry Kane believes Tottenham Hotspur will only improve after a series of tough games.

Spurs have yet to hit top form this season following the highly anticipated arrival of former Southampton head coach Mauricio Pochettino over the summer.

The North Londoners are just three points off the top four, into the quarter finals of the League Cup, and within one victory of progressing from their Europa League group, but, as of yet, they have failed to put in a top quality performance this term - and they have looked out of their depth in a number of victories.

Having registered consecutive 2-1 victories this past week, with Sunday’s win over Aston Villa leading into Thursday evening’s result in Greece at Asteras Tripolis, the club head into the weekend looking to move into the Premier League top four with a win at home to Stoke City, and in-form striker Harry Kane believes that the ‘steel' in the Spurs ranks will see them improve and learn from their run of tough performances.

Speaking to the Standard, Kane - who undeservedly missed out on a senior England call-up this week - said: “I think we’ve got what it takes [to recover].

“There is steel in this team. We had a great comeback against Aston Villa in the last game, and we dug deep to get the result here.

“You can develop a steely streak from getting results like this, because they build confidence. We all stuck together against Asteras and we can only build from that.”

Spurs were fortunate to claim a victory at Villa Park last weekend, with goals from Nacer Chadli and Kane - an injury time free-kick - grasping the result back from 10-man Villa. They held dominance over Asteras in the Europa League, but some strange gameplay decisions in Greece saw them on the back-foot in the defensive third on numerous occasions. Whilst this resulted in Federico Fazio being sent off in the final minutes due to a lack of cover, Kane is adamant that every member of the playing squad is willing to fight for their Lilywhites' teammates.

He added: “When we go into our games, every player knows that everyone else has got his back covered and that we’re going to fight through.”

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