Tottenham came away from tonight’s Champions League Group H tie against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu with a 1-1 draw.
It was an impressive result with the performance to boot. It leaves Spurs tied at the top of the group with the holders after three games on seven points each. Bundesliga high-flyers Borussia Dortmund are languishing six points behind in third place, meaning Tottenham have a very fine chance of progressing from what looked like a group of death when the draw was made.
Tonight’s game shows just how far Spurs have developed and improved as a team under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino. Integral also to their recent success is, of course, the world class form of Harry Kane.
Kane has shown levels of performance in recent times on par with his Ballon d’Or winning opponent tonight, Cristiano Ronaldo. The numbers don’t lie:
2017 – Harry Kane (36) has scored four goals more than Cristiano Ronaldo (32) in 2017 at club level, despite playing 365 minutes less. Elite pic.twitter.com/A7nn7oCYeT
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 17, 2017
The Premier League’s Golden Boot winner of the past two seasons has also transferred his scintillating goal scoring to international level for England and is also producing for his club in the Champions League. There can be no more question marks over his credentials. Kane is the real deal, for sure.
The issue facing Tottenham will soon be, how can they hold on to him?
Without doubt, at just 24 years of age and having just this past week been nominated for the Ballon d’Or, the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona will attempt to attract him away from North London sooner or later, while domestically the pull of Manchester United could turn the Englishman’s head if his lofty standards are not met on the pitch with Pochettino’s side. In addition, with the level of displays he continues to churn out in white, it won’t be long before Kane will be more than justified to ask for a wage increase at Tottenham if they are to keep him.
Watch Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Glenn Hoddle discuss this dilemma facing Spurs with Gary Lineker after tonight’s impressive showing in the Spanish capital in the clip below.
They are all in agreement of one thing – Spurs must keep Kane.