Following a statement win last weekend over Manchester City, Tottenham face a tough trip to the King Power Stadium against Leicester City on Saturday.
Last Sunday will live long in the memory of everyone associated with Tottenham; not only did the team deliver an outstanding performance to beat a strong Man City side, but of course, Kane’s goal saw him become the club’s all-time top scorer.
With the game ending 1-0, it was fitting that Kane’s 267th club goal secured Spurs all three points, overtaking the prestigious record held by the late Jimmy Greaves. Moreover, Kane’s winner was also his 200th in the Premier League, bringing him into the exclusive 200-club; an achievement only shared by fellow Englishmen Wayne Rooney (208) and Alan Shearer (260), who Kane will now firmly have his sights set on catching in the coming seasons.
Kane not the only Tottenham talking point from win over City
But aside from Kane’s landmark goal, Tottenham’s overall performance was something to be proud of. The rest of the team showed togetherness and played as a unit, looking uncharacteristically comfortable facing a fellow top-six.
Besides Romero’s slightly needless dismissal, which was oddly satisfying to watch as he chopped down both Haaland and Grealish, there was nothing to complain about from Spurs in what may have been our best performance of the season. But now, looking ahead to the weekend, a trip to Leicester looks like a tough fixture for the Lilywhites, especially considering the Foxes’ recent results.
Although they haven’t enjoyed the best season so far, a draw and a win in their last two leaves Brendan Rodgers’ men 14th coming into this one, likely desperate to extend their unbeaten run and put distance between them and a relegation battle. Last weekend, they faced a tricky trip to Aston Villa. However, the Foxes delivered an emphatic 4-2 win which may have sparked them into life.
Moreover, in securing several good signings in the January transfer window, including Harry Soutar from Stoke and Tete from Shakhtar Donetsk, Leicester has largely mended the injury issues that have plagued their season so far. Add that to James Maddison finally returning to form with a goal last weekend, and Saturday’s hosts will undoubtedly look to cause an upset and claim all three points over Spurs.
However, for Tottenham, we must build on our current momentum, as we now sit just one point off Newcastle in fourth and have the return of Champions League football next week with a big tie at AC Milan.
Indeed, the absence of both Lloris and Romero will be felt this weekend. Still, hopefully, deputy goalkeeper Fraser Forster can find some of the late-season form he experienced last campaign that helped earn his move to N17. Fans will also be keen to see who Antonio Conte deploys at right wingback, with deadline-day signing Pedro Porro still awaiting his debut after arriving from Sporting Lisbon.
However, despite being one of our worst players all season, Emerson Royal put in a man-of-the-match-worthy performance last weekend, so there’s an argument to be made that he deserves to keep his place in the starting Xi.
But if Tottenham can find the intensity and control on display last weekend, we should easily have enough to beat a struggling Leicester side and hopefully bring all three points back to London in what would be another massive win.