Kane re­warded for stel­lar year

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

of it con­verted into op­por­tu­ni­ties. They cer­tainly didn’t bank on as much help as they were given when go­ing ahead, be­cause Ever­ton scored al­most in spite of them­selves in the fifth minute. James Mccarthy - a force of na­ture, as he has been much of the sea­son – grate­fully ac­cepted the chance to be the agent of the coun­ter­at­tack af­ter Gareth Barry had beaten An­to­nio Va­len­cia to Juan Mata’s cor­ner. But Seamus Cole­man, whom he re­leased down the right to join in, stum­bled over the ball be­fore pro­vid­ing the low cross­ing which Mcnair’s weak chal­lenge and Danny Blind’s in­de­ci­sion al­lowed Mccarthy to re­claim and score through David de Gea’s legs. The goal­keeper, for all his plau­dits, did not en­joy his most com­mand­ing af­ter­noon on LON­DON — It took Harry Kane fou­rur years to be­come an overnight sen­sa­tion at Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in a sea­son that be­gan on n the bench but is end­ing with a Young Player of the Year award as a full Eng­land in­ter­na­tional.nal.

His peers in the Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (PFA) had no doubt thehe 21-yearold striker who has scored 30 goals for Spurs and one for Eng­land 79 sec­onds into his de­but, was the out­stand­ing young per­former of the cam­paign.

He was also voted run­ner-up forr player of the year be­hind Chelsea for­ward Eden Haz­ard.

No-one could have imag­ined how his sea­son was go­ing to pan out, with Kane al­soso cap­tain­ing the club that nur­tured his tal­entsnts and be­com­ing the first Tot­ten­ham player since Gary Lineker in 1991-92 to hit the 30-goaloal mark.

Spurs manager Mauri­cio Po­chet­ti­noet­tino pre­ferred Roberto Soldado and Em­manuel anuel Ade­bayor as his front two for Premierer League matches at the start of the cam­paign,aign, with Kane the third-choice striker amongng the sub­sti­tutes.

But he gave the young­ster a start­ingt­ing role in Europa League matches, and Kanene grabbed his chance. While Soldado and Ade­bayor were mis­fir­ing in the league, Kane was scor­ing in Europe with the turn­ing point com­ing at the end of Oc­to­ber.

He got a hat-trick against Asteras Tripo­lis to take his tally to six in four Euro­pean games, then came on to score a last-minute win­ner against As­ton Villa in the league be­fore netting what proved to be the win­ner ver­sus Asteras in Greece.

With the Tot­ten­ham fans clam­our­ing for him to start in the league, Po­chet­tino gave Sun­day.

United lacked the con­trol they re­quired to seize the game and Marouane Fel­laini’s book­ing for his sec­ond foul in 60 sec­onds – on Ross Barkley – con­trib­uted to van Gaal’s de­ci­sion to limit him to 45 min­utes. There were oc­ca­sional mod­est in­cur­sions, with United mak­ing some cap­i­tal out of tar­get­ing Cole­man’s flank and Mcnair dis­play­ing that el­e­gance emerg­ing out of de­fence.

But Ever­ton have dis­cov­ered some de­fen­sive so­lid­ity dur­ing a run of five wins in six which has dis­pelled the rel­e­ga­tion talk which briefly in­volved them. The wis­dom of se­cur­ing Aaron Len­non’s ser­vices was also re­vealed and what the ex­pected loss of Kevin Mi­ral­las will mean, as they showed United what at­tack­ing him his chance in Novem­ber against Stoke City. He started the fol­low­ing week too -and scored -- ver­sus Hull City and has never looked back.

“Harry has had a mas­sive im­pact on English foot­ball this sea­son,” Ar­gen­tine Po­chet­tino said when Kane was short-listed for the PFA awards last week.

“I don’t think too many peo­ple ex­pected Harry would show the per­for­mances that he has.”

Af­ter Kane scored his 30th goal in all men­ace ac­tu­ally looks like: not some­thing sup­port­ers here have been able to see too much this sea­son.

They had just threat­ened to dou­ble their lead - Aaron Len­non send­ing Cole­man sprint­ing off down the right again for a cross frac­tion­ally closer to Chris Smalling than Romelu Lukakau – when they ac­com­plished just that. A lapse by Va­len­cia, fail­ing to chal­lenge John Stones af­ter he made a cir­cu­lar run at Leighton Baines’ header, al­lowed the 20-year-old to despatch the header which flew in off the un­der­side of the bar. Van Gaal had seen enough. With the im­mo­bil­ity of Wayne Rooney at the top of the team a part if his prob­lems, he sent on Radamel Fal­cao for Fel­laini at the start of the sec­ond half and An­gel di Maria ap­peared for Juan Mata three min­utes past the hour.

But with Rooney drop­ping be­hind Fal­cao, Di Maria strug­gled to find the self-con­fi­dence and self-ex­pres­sion on his game which are cur­rently shot at in his game. And though there was a hint of a rare and spec­tac­u­lar com­bi­na­tion be­tween the sig­na­ture buys of last sum­mer, when Fal­cao got a lit­tle pur­chase on the Ar­gen­tine’s lofted cross, the fi­nal­ity of things was then es­tab­lished.

The third goal was the most des­per­ate by any mea­sure, Lukaku stop­ping his run onto Bark­lay’s lofted pass be­cause he was off­side, but United’s de­fend­ers halt­ing theirs too, leav­ing the sub­sti­tute Mi­ral­las as the only player in­ter­ested in a ball when the mu­sic stopped. He grate­fully planted in the bot­tom left hand cor­ner of the net. There was still time for Mi­ral­las to cut in, 20 yards, from the left and un­furl a shot which de Gea topped over the bar, be­fore the fin­ish.

The con­text is as sig­nif­i­cant as the re­sult for United. The Ever­ton they lost to last sea­son were feel­ing re­ju­ve­nated un­der Martinez and be­liev­ing that their new manager was tak­ing them to new heights. The Ever­ton they lost to on Sun­day had not ex­pe­ri­enced as sig­nif­i­cant a victory since that day last year. Van Gaal said th­ese things can hap­pen on the road. Some­where in the Basque coun­try, Moyes would have heard those words and smiled rue­fully. — In­de­pen­dent. com­pe­ti­tion­scom­pe­ti­tio against New­cas­tle United last week, the Spurs manager added: “I congratulate him.

“He de­serves­des this mo­ment. It is an his­toric thing. He is happy in the chang­ing room. His team mates­mat and sup­port­ers are happy, and so is the c club. “It is his first full sea­son in the first team and he has the po­ten­tial to be even bet­ter.” Kane started train­ing with Spurs when he w was 11, turn­ing pro­fes­sional at 17 in 2010.

Al­thoughAlthoug he made his de­but for the club a year later,later a long and wind­ing road still lay ahead of him.h

Kane w was loaned to Ley­ton Ori­ent, Mill­wall, Norw Nor­wich City and Le­ices­ter City be­fore re­turn­ing to White Hart Lane last sea­son.

He brings­brin more to the team than goals, though, withw his abil­ity to hold the ball up and bring oth­ers into play and the Spurs fans have recog­nise­dreco the rare home-grown tal­ent as some­thing­someth spe­cial with a chant that he is “one of ou our own”.

With a strong physique, Kane not only plays as a striker, but makes runs from deep in his ow own half, and many have com­pared him to Teddy Sher­ing­ham who played a sim­i­lar role for Tot­ten­ham, Manch­ester United and Eng­land.

If Kane en­joys half the suc­cess tre­ble-win­ner Sher­ing­ham had, he will have a glit­ter­ing ca­reer to look back on.

Fix­tures May 2: Le­ices­ter v New­cas­tle, Liver­pool v Queens Park Rangers, West Ham v Burn­ley, Swansea v Stoke, Sun­der­land v Southamp­ton, As­ton Villa v Ever­ton, Manch­ester United v West Bromwich. — Reuters

JOHN Stones leaves Fal­cao for dead in Sun­day’s match at Good­i­son Park.

PFA Young Player of the Year Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s Harry Kane.

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