Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 West Bromwich Albion – Reaction
Harry Kane returned to relieve some of the pressure on Jose Mourinho and left the Spurs boss recognising the influence his star turn continues to hold at Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs have been dismal in Kane’s absence. However, after taking almost an hour to get up to speed, the England skipper opened the scoring to ensure a first Premier League win in four was achieved as relegation-haunted West Bromwich Albion were brushed aside in N17.
“He is one of the best strikers in the world – period,” Mourinho enthused.
“There is nothing else to say. The team depends a lot on him – we can’t hide that. It’s the goals he can score, the assists he can make, the link play he has, that personality that the players can have and he is always an important influence for us.
“Today, I was promising I was not going to speak about individuals because I am so happy with the compromise of the players to win the game and close this negative series of three defeats, but with the question, it is hard to run away from it. He is a very important player.”
After suggesting Kane would be missing for a little longer, Mourinho threw a surprise when announcing the frontman would be starting against the Baggies.
“Yesterday, yesterday he was training absolutely fine, perfectly normal,” the Spurs chief explained when quiz over the players’ return to fitness.
“Of course, a player of his level he has the experience to make his own decision. Can I play? can I be on the bench? can I start the game?
“He was clear, he was ready to do it and he did the game without any problem.”
Heing-Min Son added a second swiftly after and to be perfectly honest, Spurs should have added several more against the struggling Black Country outfit.
“Of course, the result is the most important thing, especially when the team comes from three defeats,” Mourinho added.
“What really had an impact on me – it was not a surprise as I was expecting it – but what really made me happy was to see that commitment, that desire, that togetherness. It was very important.
“I’m happy because of that. Then we did very good things in terms of the football we played but more important than that for me was exactly that compromise that everyone showed.”