Tottenham board given futile transfer reminder in Crystal Palace win
Tottenham stopped their rut with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday courtesy of Harry Kane’s winning effort in the first half. Express Sport takes a look at four things Tottenham will have learnt from the match.
Replacing Kane will be impossible
It’s always been fairly obvious that this summer transfer window could be make or break for the club. Kane’s future continues to remain a mystery with both Manchester United and Bayern Munich regularly being linked.
Spurs don’t have as strong a negotiating position as they did with Manchester City two years ago and it’s unclear yet whether Kane as faith in the club to turn things around from a disappointing campaign. But if Kane does leave then who the club bring in as his replacement will face an unenviable task in replicating his goalscoring form.
He’s now overtaken Wayne Rooney as the Premier League’s second-highest goalscorer on 209 with Alan Shearer’s tally of 260 well within his sights. Replacing that kind of goalscoring record will be nigh-on impossible with just one transfer.
Europa League or Conference League
Which European competition Tottenham compete in next year is still not entirely up to them but this win finally puts some pressure on those around them. Brighton have three games in hand on Tottenham, although face difficult fixtures against Arsenal, Newcastle and Manchester City before the end of the season.
Spurs will need to pick up close to maximum points in their final games against Aston Villa, Brentford and Leeds. But even that may not be enough to avoid dropping back down into the Europa Conference League for the second time in three years.
First clean sheet in months
Antonio Conte’s whole system at every club he’s managed was based on a solid defensive unit. But this Tottenham side have leaked goals for fun in recent weeks including a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Newcastle.
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Crystal Palace still had chances to get on the scoresheet today, but Tottenham’s defensive line stood up to the test far better than in recent weeks. And they managed to pick up their first Premier League clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Chelsea back in February.
Son Heung-min form
It’s been a difficult season for the South Korea international, one he will want to quickly put behind him. He’s still managed to find the net 10 times in the league this season, as well as providing five assists.
But his productivity when not finding the net or assisting his team-mates has certainly dipped. He’s far from the only Tottenham star to suffer a dipp in form this season but Spurs fans will be hoping this campaign was just a blip for the 30-year-old.
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