Inside Lane: Tottenham’s English contingent could be the key to success
12:08 05 November 2014
Tottenham blogger David Lee felt the performances of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend provided cause for encouragement after Sunday’s fortunate 2-1 victory at Aston Villa.
It was somehow fitting that as Harry Kane celebrated his dramatic winner in-front of the delirious travelling support at Villa Park, the first players on the scene were Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend.
Because while Sunday’s performance against Aston Villa was as hideous as it was beautiful, the performances of our English trio of Mason, Townsend and Kane has given us reasons for optimism.
Sunday’s dramatic victory at Villa Park was not achieved by the free-flowing, all-conquering passing game that Spurs fans had hoped Mauricio Pochettino would deliver.
However, the manner in which the players, led by the English contingent, dug out a crucial victory has demonstrated there may be character in this side after all.
Mason might have been lucky not to have been sent off along with Villa’s Christian Benteke when the pair tangled in the second half. But after the tepid team displays in our defeats to West Brom and Newcastle, it was refreshing to see a player ready to fight to salvage something from the game.
While Mason provided the steel, the second-half introductions of Kane and Townsend gave the team a spark. Following on from his impressive performance against Brighton, Townsend is finally showing signs of transferring his quality performances for the national side into his club football.
He continually managed to cut inside the Villa full-backs and was eventually rewarded when his hunger to reach the ball drew the foul that produced Kane’s dramatic 90th-minute free kick.
Kane has seemingly won the hearts and minds of every supporter at White Hart Lane. While Emmanuel Adebayor continues to appear bereft of confidence in front of goal, the young Englishman now has an unstoppable aura surrounding him.
The conviction in Kane’s eyes as he stood over that late free kick told you all you needed to know about where the ball was going to end up. Yes, the deflection off the unfortunate Nathan Baker played its part, but every time Kane gets the ball he looks like scoring.
While the performances of the aforementioned English trio have been encouraging, Sunday’s lacklustre displays from our homegrown full-backs have hastened the need for the return of England international Kyle Walker.
Both Kyle Naughton and Danny Rose failed to deliver crosses with any sustained quality from wide areas and their poor positioning made a supposedly toothless Villa side look dangerous on the counter-attack.
It’s clear that we will need to be patient as Mauricio Pochettino’s vision for the club continues to take shape on the pitch.
But if academy graduates Kane, Townsend and Mason continue to play with the unbounded enthusiasm they showed on Sunday then they could be the ones to save our stuttering Premier League campaign.
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