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You can't keep Kane out of the headlines!
You can't keep Harry Kane out of the football headlines these days, whether he is playing or not. The fact that he was not fit for the Manchester United game at Old Trafford made a splash on the back pages, after he had been "rested" for the West Ham game in the Carabao Cup. It turned out, of course, that Harry was injured with a slight hamstring strain sustained towards the end of the Liverpool match. Spurs lost both the West Ham and Man Utd games, and until Saturday it had been three years since Spurs last lost a Premier league game without Harry. There had been defeats though, such as last year's League Cup defeat at Anfield. Also, Spurs have won crucial and big games without Kane before, such as the 2-0 victory over Manchester City (also last October), so perhaps not too much importance should be paid over the presence or otherwise of one player.
The fact is though, that Harry is now genuinely a World Football star, having this month been one of the 30 Ballon D'Or nominees, and he was badly missed at Old Trafford. Harry also scored the only goals in each of England's final World Cup qualifiers this month, thus confirming England's presence in Russia next summer, which should also include a number of Spurs players!
Harry remains the leader in our ongoing Player of the season poll, based on your match by match assessments of the players, manager and officials. He only scored two goals this month in the one game against Liverpool ( a fantastic 4-1 beating), but we thought he had sensationally put us in the lead in surely the best result of the month - the 1-1 draw in Madrid. With those two goals though, Harry took the lead in this season's Premier League sharpshooters' list.
The good news is that Harry has been spotted training today (October 31st), and the Spurs world and their dog hopes he will be named in the starting line-up for tomorrow's crucial home game against Real Madrid in front of what should be a record crowd.
Hugo Lloris was the excellent man of the match in Madrid. He made a couple of "Worldies", and also won the vote in the moderate win over Bournemouth, making a great save in that game too. With a fine performance against Liverpool, Hugo is our player of the month.
Toby Alderweireld is the only player to have started all five games this month. Based upon appearances so far the hard core of our first choice team is Lloris; Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Dier, Dele Alli, Eriksen and Kane. Davinson Sanchez is also surely a first pick, but was surprisingly rested for the Old Trafford game. Ben Davies missed a couple of games following the International break, but Danny Rose has made his first appearances since January, so the competition for left back will get tougher from now on.
Mousa Dembele is being eased back into action after more injury troubles, but there is still no sign of Victor Wanyama, who has only appeared in our first two games, and is apparently seeing a specialist due a knee injury. Erik Lamela is back in training, and perhaps we stand a chance of seeing him back in action in November, after what will be more than a year on the sidelines.
A word about Harry Winks, who made his full England debut this month, and also excelled on the big stage at The Bernebeu. Perhaps the greatest tribute that can be paid about Harry is that it appears he was rested for the West Ham game with Old Trafford in mind.
Moussa Sissoko's overall form continues to impress, and he was even voted our best player (in a poor team performance) against West Ham.
There is another International break in November, and Spurs have a busier time with 6 games, including two massive Champions League games. We are hot favourites to qualify from Group H with Real Madrid, but could confirm that fact with a historic win tomorrow night. One way or another, we ought to know our Champions League destiny at the end of the next month, which also includes an away game against Arsenal. Here's hoping!
PS - Tashan Oakley-Boothe (who does have first team appearances to his name this season) and TJ Eyoma were members of the England U-17 World Cup winning team in India, thus joining Kyle Walker-Peters and Josh Onomah as England World Champions this year, after Kyle and Josh were part of the successful U-20 team. Onomah and another Spurs youngster (Cameron Carter-Vickers) are currently performing regularly and consistently well in The Championship with Aston Villa and leaders Sheffield United respectively.
· Review the 2017-18 Premier League season here
Don't forget to check out the players' current figures re. appearances, cards, goals scored and accumulated ratings to date at the bottom of this page.
...if you want to read reports of the matches played during this season, then links are on the Spurs Odyssey Fixtures/Reports page here. By working your way back through the previous month's figures, you can review the performances over the last 17 years!